Shopping in London can be a complicated affair, especially given how big our beloved capital is. However, have no fear, as this list details all of the best shopping destinations that London has to offer. You may know of some of these already, but hopefully, there will be a few that you can make a day out of visiting them. You’ll find malls, shopping centres, markets, streets, and more in this list. So get your most comfortable shoes on, grab a spacious bag or two and, let’s be real – an umbrella just in case – and have a great time!
1. Oxford Street
Oxford Street is a one-stop shop for any kind of item you wish to purchase. No matter your budget, or interest, whether it’s interior design, clothing or technology, you’ll find it here with shops like River Island, John Lewis, and Marks & Spencer.
The busiest street in London, there are 300 shops, outlets, stores, and choices from British and international designers found here, but we’d recommend going early in the morning when there are fewer tourists around.
Due to its busy atmosphere, it is highly recommended that you visit in the early morning or at a time of year when there are fewer tourists.
You’ll find Oxford Street at Oxford Street, W1B. Nearest station is Oxford Circus.
One of the most well-known shopping centres in London, Westfield is a mall that also has locations in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. This mall boasts 255 different shops such as West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Lush, Mango, River Island and Apple. There are also delicious foodie outlets available all around the mall, so if the shopping gets too much, you can sit down and easily recharge your batteries! You can find Westfield in both Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford City (which actually is the largest shopping centre in the whole of Europe).
They also have luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, Burberry, Gucci and Dior. You can also find a cinema with a seating capacity of 3000. Westfield is an excellent option if it’s rainy as it’s all covered.
You’ll find Westfield at Montfichet Road, London, E20 1EJ and at 1081 Ariel Way, London, W12 7GF. Nearest stations are Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush.
3. Camden Market
Camden Market is the place to go if you’re an artsy or alternative individual. You’ll find it to be one of the best shopping destinations in London, and you’ll find everything here from vintage clothes to accessories and even antiques. The complex includes the Electric Ballroom, Camden Lock Village, Inverness Street Market, and Stables Market.
They have super cool wares. They sell clothing so you can get something new or do a spot of thrifting. Apart from that, they also sell handmade crafts, books, jewellery, bags, shoes, furniture and yummy street food. You will not find any chain shops or high-street brands here. Famous among tourists is also a favourite for locals, as everyone can appreciate the singularity of this boisterous neighbourhood.
You’ll find Camden Market at 54-56 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF. Nearest stations are Camden Town and Chalk Farm.
4. Brick Lane
If you enjoy flea markets, then Shoreditch’s Brick Lane is the place to go. Brick Lane Market is always a good time with an excellent underground space that sells clothing, records, jewellery, and vintage furniture. Even if you don’t buy anything, you can have a go at bargaining with the vendors and maybe end up leaving with quite the steal. While wandering around the area, make sure you grab a bagel from one of bakeries. They’re so good that it’s totally worth the queue.
Another iconic shopping spot in Shoreditch is Boxpark. It’s the first pop-up shopping mall in the world and it houses some very unique shops and gourmet food retailers to boot too.
Shoreditch is also home to many British designers and small, independent shops. Be sure to visit the Columbia Road flower market; trust us, you’ll be coming back every Saturday!
You’ll find Shoreditch at Shoreditch High Street, E1. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
Marylebone is known for having luxury brands. It has the Selfridges Food Hall, which serves as a fantastic supermarket. The high street is showered in designer stores, with The Conran Shop in particular displaying its wares in a beautiful space. You’ll also find Brora in Marylebone, where you can get one of their iconic and cosy cashmere jumpers.
You will also find some hidden gems as you wander around Marylebone. One example is Purl Bar London, where they offer a unique sensory cocktail experience. However, if you’re up for some more shopping, be sure to check out Maje and the Monocle shop.
You’ll find Marylebone at Marylebone, NW1. Nearest stations are Baker Street and Marble Arch.
6. Notting Hill
Notting Hill is the ‘it-girl’ of places to shop in London. There are an endless number of stylish shops, healthy restaurants and fun places to discover here. You’ll find restaurants like Ottolenghi, Tonkotsu, and Gold. All of these are ridiculously good, and you’ll probably find yourself making a second reservation before you even leave.
As for shopping, Notting Hill has got you covered. Reformation, American Vintage and Goldsmith Vintage are just a few of the many unmissable shops you will find here. Portobello Road Market might ring some bells. It’s incredibly popular with tourists, so going to Notting Hill during the week would be a wise choice, however if you’re more into weekend shopping, be aware it may be a bit crowded.
You’ll also find the legendary Electric Cinema here, where you can catch a film while lying on a bed!
You’ll find Notting Hill at Notting Hill, W11. Nearest station is Notting Hill Gate.
Covent Garden is a dream for anyone who is into luxury clothing, as here you’ll find brands like Dior, Sandro, Paul Smith and Hackett. It doesn’t end there. If you are into beauty, you will find brands such as Jo Malone, Miller Harris and Penhaligon’s.
There are plenty of womenswear and menswear options, so it doesn’t matter what you prefer to dress in; you will find something you’ll love.
You will find that walking is the best way to get to know Covent Garden. While you’re milling about the scenic cobbled streets, you’ll have the opportunity to revel in the beauty of its architecture. One of the most special spots in Covent Garden is Neal’s Yard, an almost secret alleyway in the heart of the neighbourhood, housing unique shops and restaurants.
You’ll find Covent Garden at Covent Garden, WC2. Nearest station is Covent Garden.
Chelsea is another well-known place to go shopping in London. You’ll find shops like Taschen, John Sandoe Books and Peter Jones among many other prestigious ones too. Even though, Chelsea is considered to be quite the fancy area, you’ll be able to find something lovely no matter your budget.
While checking out the myriad of elegant shops and restaurants, you might even catch a glimpse of one of the many celebrities and ‘Made in Chelsea‘ patrons who reside in the area and in nearby Sloane Square.
You’ll find Chelsea at Chelsea, SW10. Nearest station is Sloane Square.
The legendary Harrods is internationally famous due to its many cameos in famous movies and the reputation it has upheld for many years. You will find an enviable selection of luxury shops, brands and beauty products at Harrods.
It’s home to seven different floors, and each one of them designed to be genuinely charming to walk through. Shopping in Harrods is an experience in itself; you’ll see beautiful Gucci statement jewellery and then luxurious Moleskine notebooks.
Another great feature that Harrods has is their service called ‘By Appointment Personal Shopping’. A team of experts will help you have the shopping day of your dreams – sign us up!
You’ll find Harrods at 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL. Nearest station is Knightsbridge.
Selfridges is perhaps as iconic as Harrods despite being less famous worldwide. It attracts all shopping lovers and has done so since 1909. They have everything here from wedding dresses, cosmetics, and jewellery to technology.
Not only that, but Selfridges boasts the most extensive denim department in the world. You heard that right. The biggest in the world! This jeans collection is perfect for anyone on a budget or even after some luxury. They’ve also got a great Christmas selection to boot too.
You’ll find Selfridges at 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB. Nearest station is Bond Street.
As you can see, there are plenty of places to go shopping in London. London’s enormous size means you are spoilt for choice, which, no matter what, is always a good thing we say!