A Shopper’s Guide to London

A capital city that’s home to more than 8 million people, London is big and bustling enough to fit in just about every kind of shopping experience you can imagine. From flea markets to exquisitely chic designer boutiques, whatever you love to shop for you’ll find it here.

Every major fashion house on the planet has a flagship store here. You’ll also find huge, prestigious department stores, and plenty of high street chains. But if you’re looking for something a little different, London also delivers with pop up stores and boutiques, antique markets and ancient bookstores, the finest chocolate shops – and even shops dedicated solely to umbrellas!

So whatever you’re looking for on your next trip to London, check out our handy guide to essential shopping in the city.

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Brick Lane

Set in the heart of London’s trendy east end borough of Shoreditch, Brick Lane was, and still is, famous for its endless line of Indian restaurants, all vying for your business. But nowadays Brick Lane is even livelier thanks to the bustling food and vintage markets it’s home to, as well as cool pubs like the Truman’s Brewery.

You’ll find food from all over the globe at the food market, and be sure to head next door to the pop up shops selling the latest clothing and crafts from local design talent, and the hip Rough Trade record shop too. For more on London’s essential markets, this guide is a really good read.

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Westfield Centre

Located in Shepherd’s Bush, if you like to mall shop this is the mall to head to. Packed with everything you can ask for, from high street chains like Topshop and H&M, to designer boutiques like Burberry and Aquascutum, if you love fashion you’ll love it here.

There’s also a huge cinema, food hall, and fine dining restaurants and bars onsite for when you need a break, and ample parking and late opening hours for a smoother shopping experience.

Liberty of London courtesy of Stuart Pinfold

Liberty

Founded in 1875, this is one of the oldest, grandest and most beautiful department stores in the city. Situated on Regent Street, Harrods specializes in all things luxury, from food to fashion and gifts. Its perfume department is worth the trip alone, and the shop’s layout make every visit feel like a special treat. It’s also noted for its floral and graphic prints, and it’s well worth taking a trip up to the Liberty Arts Fabric department on the third floor.

While in London, you might also want to pay a visit to two more renowned department stores, Harrods and Selfridges. Like Liberty, both are located in the city’s luxurious west end, and both specialize in quality and luxury goods, from toys and books to cosmetics and champagne.

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