Let’s face it, 48 hours in a city which spans over a thousand square kilometres is definitely not enough time to fully explore all that it has to offer. With this in mind it may be a good idea to come to the city with a singular objective. Whether that be to hit up the art galleries or see some particular monuments is up to you, but today we’ll be focussing on the best high streets and shopping districts to hit during your stay. Whatever your tastes are, London will no doubt have something for you.
The first tip would be to stay in one of the central Hotels in the City of London so that you have a central headquarters to stash all your finds. After you’ve established this, the world is your oyster.
If you’re staying in Hotels Near the Barbican London then you’ll also be staying in a hotel near Shoreditch in East London. This area is great for vintage fashion and second hand retailers, many a boutique and independent clothes shop being present in the area. If delving through market stalls for that bargain gem is your thing, then Shoreditch, and more to the point, Spitalfields Market is the place for you. The area is full of great second hand retailers, recycling old clothes into something new and innovative. These include Beyond Retro, one fo the largest retailers of vintage second ahnd ware available in the city.
Where would a shopping trip to London be without a trip to Oxford Circus? Oxford Street runs from Marble Arch too Tottenham Court Road and is one of the busiest high streets in Europe. This comes as no surprise, seeing as the street is home to some of the biggest department stores and flagship retailers in the world. On this street you can find the quintessentially British John Lewis and Selfridges, which were among the first department stores to open in the country. On top of this visitors can find a flagship Topshop store and a H&M store to match. If you’re looking for variety in a concentrated area, then Oxford Street and the surrounding area is definitely the place to look.
Covent Garden is very central and is home to high street brands with an edge. If you’re looking for Urban Outfitters over M&S, then Covent Garden is the place for you. Here you can innovative shoe designs and cutting-edge street and sportswear at Nike Town whilst the Fred Perry shop sells some of the best in high end fashion. What’s more there are plenty of homeware shops and restaurants in the area which itself is very close to the glamorous Leicester Square.
This is a good choice for anybody travelling in from City Airport due to their proximity to one another. If you’re looking for a quick stop off for souvenirs before your flight home then Westfield Stratford is the place to stop by. As one of the biggest shopping centres in London, Westfield Stratford is twinned by the Westfield’s in White City. The Stratford complex is made up of 1,905,542 square feet of retail space and gives guests a whole range of choices including a Marks & Spencers and even a 24 hour casino on site
Portobello Road is located in the glitzy Notting Hill area of London and is definitely worth a visit due to Portobello Market. On Saturday’s Portobello market focuses in second hand antiques whilst throughout the week and throughout the long street you can find food markets as well as second hand clothes on the North End of what is around 940 metres of market space.