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Best Places to Shop in London

Best places to shop in London

London loves diversity - and so does its shops!

Whether you’re rocking your way through Brick Lane’s Narnia of alternative and vintage clobber or stepping heel first into life’s luxuries at the Royal Exchange, there is something for all budgets and people.

Find out why it’s Alexa Chung and Vivienne Westwood’s favourite shopping destination in the world, and make a day of it with our ultimate guide to the eight best places to shop in London that you’d be mad to miss out.

“There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.”
-Vivienne Westwood 

 


1.      One New Change

What to expect: high-end street brands with roof terrace views of St Paul’s Cathedral £££

Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street

London’s newest and sleekest shopping venue is a day out in itself. Explore three floors of the best high-end street brands in modern luxury designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The newest member of the legendary ‘Square Mile’ club where the true ‘City of London’ lies, One New Change rests amongst iconic giants: the Bank of England and the Gherkin. Make the most of your day shopping with One New Change’s roof terrace and enjoy beautiful eateries and frequent events including The Luna Cinema’s outdoor cinema screenings this summer. 

 

2.      Boxpark

What to expect: Independent designers and the latest urban fashion

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Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street 

For a more alternative vibe, check out Shoreditch’s Boxpark, the world’s first pop-up mall. Grab a mojito from Cottons Rhum Shack and gain an exclusive insight into London’s best independent designers. Word of caution: each pop-up shop is housed in repurposed shipping containers. Plus points for urban chic but don’t expect a 5* fitting room... Boxpark designers include: Hype, Hymn and Smashbox cosmetics, undoubtedly one of the best (and most unique) places to shop in London.

 

3.      The Royal Exchange

What to expect: London heritage and world-class luxuries

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Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street

New trends come and go but the Royal Exchange has proven its place for the shopping elite since 1571 when it garnered its royal status from Queen Elizabeth I. Outlasting the Great Fire of London, the Royal Exchange is now a luxury shopping venture with central courtyard devoted to the prestigious Grand Café where you can ponder your recent purchase or window shopping escapade from Hermes to Tiffany & co.

 

4.      Spitalfields

What to expect: One of a kind gems and impromptu dancing

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Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street

One of the best places to shop in London for one of a kind treasures, antiques and handmade fashions. Spitalfield’s market is a must-visit for anyone looking for something unique and original. Check out their ‘what’s on’ page for events happening on your day out and you could see professional dancers as part of your shopping trip. We love Spitalfields’ tea dances where people of all ages partake in an afternoon foxtrot or cha cha cha with the Covent Garden Dance Orchestra- the perfect backdrop to rummaging the sales rails.

 

5.      Berwick Street

What to expect: London’s music hub and vintage clobber

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Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street change for TFL 

Take the tube for London’s musical hub and vintage clothing. Berwick Street is a music lover’s paradise with instruments adorning the walls and ceilings of numerous specialised stores as well as independent record stores along the ‘Golden Mile of Vinyl’. You may even recognise it as the location for Oasis’ ‘(what’s the story) Morning Glory’ album cover. Fancy a break from the shops? Check out Berwick Street Market for mouth-watering cheeses, cakes and breads to refuel on your day out at the best London shops.

 

6.      Westfield Stratford

What to expect: If Disneyland made shopping centres…

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Nearest c2c station: Stratford or West Ham change for DLR

For all your consumer needs, Europe’s largest shopping centre is right on your doorstep. Spend the day shopping for the things you love in 250 shops and 70 dining venues. There’s also a cinema, bars, gym and kids entertainment. Just a short walk from Stratford station, set sail on a shopping day you won’t forget in a hurry.

 

7.      Carnaby Street

What to expect: Quirky sixties still alive and kicking

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Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street  change for TFL

Feel that swinging sixties vibe in London’s the creative epicentre: Carnaby Street. One of London’s best places to shop since 1960, Carnaby Street has never been one to shy away from the limelight. From The Kinks’ lyrics referencing the Carnabetian army to Tom Jones walking a Cheetah on a leash with Bond girl, Christine Spooner, on his arm, Carnaby Street has seen it all. With more than 150 brands and over 50 independent restaurants and bars we’re sure you’ll find something unique and trendsetting. And if you still can’t get enough, Carnaby Street is just a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus’ high-Street favourites and flagship Topshop store.

 

 

8.      Brick Lane

What to expect: Diverse mix of vintage and independent shops

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Nearest c2c station: London Fenchurch Street 

Be bold and beautiful along Brick Lane and unleash your whacky side with vintage threads and artsy cafes to in relax after a hard day hitting the shops. Brick Lane is one of the best, and most beautiful, places to shop in London with street art inspiration and a diverse mix of shops and people. Rummage around countless vintage shops for reasonably priced vintage clothes you won’t find anywhere else, as well as a whole host of independent designers.

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