London shopping


Find the good places to shop in London

London shopping has a diverse range of great items on offer to the visitor, whether they are looking for high fashion or budget fashion, quirky retail outlets or major shopping centers, artworks or luxury goods and much more.

The city’s 90 markets are great place to start your London shopping, especially if you’re not sure what to buy. Depending on which market you visit, you can find the freshest fruit and vegetables, fantastic antiques, amazing arts and crafts or gourmet fare.

For example, Alfie’s Antiques Market (13-25 Church Street, St John's Wood, London, NW8; +44 02077236066) has more than 100 different dealers offering all kinds of jewelry, furniture, clothes and more. When it comes to artworks, the obvious choice is Bayswater Road (Bayswater Road Artists Gallery, Baysway Road, London W2 2UD; +44 01708441406; www.bayswater-road-artists.co.uk), the world’s longest open-air art market with more than 250 different vendors.

Notting Hill Farmers Gate Market (Kensington Place, Kensington, London W8 7PP; +44 02077049659) is a great choice for fresh produce in a part of town made famous by the movie ”Notting Hill”. There are also a number of dedicated food markets where you can find amazing selections of fish, meat and fruits and vegetables, as well as a number of great ethnic food markets.

Another treat of London shopping is browsing for vintage fashions. One unique store is the Pop Boutique (6 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HB; +44 02074975262; www.pop-boutique.com) where you can find a wide range of classic clothing from the 1950s to today, as well as accessories, furniture and other curios.

If you want to pick up a rare book, or simply get something to read during your London travel, why not visit the Piccadilly branch of Waterstones (203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LE; +44 02078512400; www.waterstones.com), the largest bookshop in all of Europe. Spread across eight floors and featuring its own cafe, bar and restaurant, this store is a booklovers’ paradise.

If you’re a fan of British soccer, you might like to take home a genuine souvenir of your favorite team. United Sports (639 Cranbrook Rd, Gants Hill, Ilford, Essex IG2 6SX; +44 02085504342; www.united-sports.co.uk) has a huge stock of great sports gear for every team in the country.

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