I have lived in London for 5 years, and I thought it would be a really good idea to a few London guides! London gets masses of tourists every year, and I completely understand why. The shopping is excellent, the food is outstanding and the parks and history is breathtaking. It is almost impossible to be bored in London and you can do a number of things on any budget. For the first guide I am focusing on where to shop in London.
Now, I think I can safely say that most people who are going on a shopping trip to London would go to Oxford street. I would recommend to avoid Oxford street. It is cramped with people and you will find all the shops in the street several other places. If you want to be in the Oxford street area, try Regent street that lays parallel to it! I know that many want to visit Primark when they go to London, in my opinion you can easily skip it. The clothes will not last you long due to the quality and there are I would rather visit H&M, Next, or New Look if you are on a budget.
- Where: Take the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly circus and work your way up, or the Victoria Line/Central line to Oxford circus and work your way down to Piccadilly circus.
Westfield shopping centre
Westfield is an American shopping centre chain that is situated in two locations in London; Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush. I would recommend the one at Shepherd’s Bush, purely because I like the layout and selection of shops at that one compared to the one at Stratford. It’s a big, clean shopping centre from shops like H&M to Louise Vuitton, something for everyone.
- Where: You either take the central line and stop at Shepherd’s Bush, or take Hammersmith and central line/Circle line and stop at Wood Lane or Shepherd’s Market.
Bond street/New Bond street
If you have some spending money I would recommend going to Bond street. It’s designer shop after designer shop, it’s relatively quiet and very beautiful. Victoria’s Secret can also be found here, but remember to go early as it often gets cramped throughout the day.
- Where: Take the Central line at stop at Bond street, you will end up in Oxford street but go around the corner and you will find Bond street.
Selfridges is situated at the Marble Arch end of Oxford street. It is a massive beautiful building with fashion, make up, jewellery, food, furniture, everything that you can think if really. It is similar to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, they all have the same concept, it is not necessary to visit all of them in my opinion, just chose the one that is easiest for you to get to. If you have a high budget and want to splash on designer items either of these places are good to visit. I prefer Selfridges as I like the layout better, it is more organised and there are slightly less people there.
- Where: Take the Central Line and stop at Marble Arch or Bond street for Selfridges. Take the Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge for Harvey Nichols and Harrods, they are situated next to each other.
To end this, I would recommend going as early in the day as possible as there are always a lot of people shopping no matter what time of the year. Most shops open at 10 am, so aim to go out then. I would also recommend to go for lots of food and drink breaks to rest your feet and refuel. A food guide is coming up!
Enjoy your London stay!