When it comes to shopping in the UK, there is simply no competition since hands down London has the best pick and biggest amount of shops to choose from. And although the capital boasts some fantastically wonderful sites, most notably the historical ones, if your heart beats for shopping, then there is nothing quite like a trip to London.
What with the choice, the bustle and of course the incredible street style, a shopping trip in London is every fashionista’s dream. If you’re planning a trip to London to hit the shops, then there are some sites you can’t miss out on.
But, before you go…
It’s easy to get swept up in those dazzling dreams of endless shops, but remember that a little planning and forethought to help you stay on track is always a good move. Getting there and back is easy – of course take the train, which will not only deposit you in the centre of the city, but which won’t limit you in terms of luggage, which is likely to be quite sizeable on the return journey.
Another thing to do is to organise your accommodation in a central location. You don’t want to spend your trip constantly crammed onto public transport with your collection of shopping bags, and a convenient spot can mean you can make pit-stops to drop off your purchases during the day. Something like the luxurious accommodation at Fraser Suites Queens Gate is ideal, since you’re surrounded by transport options, as well as having the choice of walking.
So now it is onto those wonderful shopping sites!
It’s quirky, it’s fun, and it’s oh-so-London – a shopping trip in the capital wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Carnaby Street. Made iconic during the swinging sixties, the big charm of this handily pedestrianized street is the fact that it boasts a great choice of more independent boutiques. If you’ve got an individual style and love more unusual pieces, then Carnaby Street is more than ready to cater to all of your most fashionable whims and desires. And as an added bonus, it is just a stone throw away from Oxford Street…
For the biggest and best flagship stores from all of your favourite high street and high fashion brands, then Oxford Street has got to be up there as one of the most impressive shopping streets in the world. And everybody knows it – you only have to look at the teeming masses swarming the street to realise that you’re in style heaven. There will be no need for internet shopping when you’re visiting Oxford Street – no matter what you are looking for, you are certainly going to find it!
Harrods and Fortnum & Mason
It’s not all about bargain-hunting and checking out your high street faves though – remember that London has more than its fair share of luxury to share around too. Two of its most notable names are Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, which have both been around for hundreds of years, and which know a thing or two about luxury. Particularly for food and items for the home, you can spend days wandering around these two department stores – which fortunately both boast cafes and spots to eat to sustain you on your shopping.
London is of course a cultural and cosmopolitan city, so if you can, then there is one museum that you should squeeze in a visit to during your busy shopping schedule, and it is obviously the V&A. As the world’s largest museum of decorative art and design, besides the sculptures and other displays, you’ll be able to enjoy the clothing exhibits. With amazing historical pieces to be seen, as well as frequent special events to commemorate various fashion icons and more, a trip to the V&A is always going to be inspiring and rewarding. To find out what’s happening at the museum when you visit, take a look at http://www.vam.ac.uk/
A veritable shoppers’ paradise, make sure to take in these sites and spots when you next decide to hit the shops in London.