Shopping Tourism in London

Shopping in London

Somewhere by the River Thames, is a major settlement that had been around for about two millennia and was originally called Londinium. This is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, known as the City of London. From its rich history, it retains its square-mile medieval boundaries that attract more people to visit. And then, of course, there is its reputation as a shopping paradise.

Within the city is its largest shopping centre, located in Stratford, the Westfield Stratford City ( after it’s first opening Westfield WhiteCity) , owned by the Westfield Group, an Australian internally-managed, vertically-integrated, shopping centre group undertaking ownership, development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing and marketing activities. It has a total retail floor area of 1,883,700 square feet (175,000 m2), making it one of the largest urban shopping centres in the whole of Europe. It is the third largest shopping center in the country by retail space behind Trafford Centre and MetroCentre.

For those who are ready to splurge while shopping in London, there are many upscale shopping districts:

  • The West End of London, or simply West End, is an area in the center of the town containing many of London’s major tourist attractions, shops, businesses, government buildings, and entertainment, including the world famous West End theaters. It is the most expensive location in the world to rent office space. The most famous shopping streets of the West End are Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and Carnaby Street.
  • Knightsbridge, a road at the center of the city, is known for its ultra-expensive residential area and the density of its upscale retail outlets. Knightsbridge, along with West End, are the two “international centers” in London.
  • The popular King’s Road, or The KR, is the street traditionally associated with the 1960s style, and fashion figures, such as Mary Quant, a Welsh fashion designer icon who was instrumental in the mod fashion movement, and Vivienne Westwood, a British fashion designer and businesswoman responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
  • Covent Garden, a district on the eastern fringes of West End, is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, although this is now a popular shopping and tourist site. It also boasts of the Royal Opera House. The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centered on Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square and its collection of street performers, elegant buildings, theaters, and other entertainment facilities, including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, and the London Transport Museum.

Another affluent area in London is Notting Hill. It is a cosmopolitan district where the Notting Hill Carnival is setup annually. It is also home to the Portobello Road Market.

Shopping in London, the choices are unlimited, there are the worlds’s most iconic department stores including Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum & Mason;  The most chararistic markets like Camden Town Market, Portobello Road Market, Old Spitalfields Market .. and of course, the very British Brands such as Burberry, Top Shop, Hamleys, Cath Kidston…

 

Article updated on 30th April, 2014

frederic