A guide to shopping in London

Shopping in London is an absolute delight if you know where to go or at least go armed with a plan. Different parts of the city are good for different styles and budgets. Here’s a quick guide to shopping in London.

Shopping centres

The first London shopping centre that jumps out at me is the London Designer Outlet opening up October 24th in Wembeley. It’s well worth checking out if you like all your shops in one place. There will be brands there such as H&M, Superdry and Nike as well as a cinema and plenty of places to eat.

I’ve also had a few trips to the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford. Worth a visit if you like the usual high street brands.


This is where you need to go for vintage and indie shops. It’s where dapper gents and fashionistas shop for one-off or rare pieces. Check out Absolute Vintage, Albam and Lucy in Disguise. Time Out have done the leg word for me here, take a look at their great Soho shopping feature.


I went through a stage of buying something from Camden market or the surrounding area every time I visited the city. I have some amazing cowboy boots from Rokit and plenty of Cyberdog items to show for my visits.

The only tip I can give here is to get yourself to Camden and go and explore. Get an impromptu tattoo/piercing, buy vintage boots, embrace your inner goth and sit on the bridge like a true punk. If you’re into music, there are also plenty of record stores to visit.

Oxford Street

Here you’ll find hight street stores like American Apparel, Dorothy Perkins and French Connection. You could wander up and down this street for ages but it’s very near to other great shopping areas. Explore the side streets for hidden marvels.

Department Stores

No trip to London would be complete without a trip to Selfridges and Harrods. Both of these places will overwhelm you with beautiful designer wares.

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