Time to give presents: London! Here’s where to go to look for the latest things that this English city can offer more than any other city! If your first stop is at Oxford Circus station, you have about 300 shops and department stores of Oxford Street. You will certainly not be bored, spending time in the legendary Selfridges, or Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols, and if you want to discover what is most trendy at the moment, you will find accessories (from socks to wigs), dresses, shoes, lingerie and vintage on the four floors of the Topshop mega-store. You could also opt for the medium-priced clothes shops, among which are some of the oldest and most famous in the city, in King’s Road, Knightsbridge or Regent’s Street. Here, among the newest trends, the Spanish jewellery brand Tous has opened a one-brand shop. Not far away, at 35 Brook Street, the Italian jewellery brand Pomellato has opened a shop. The exclusive 2-storey shop is sumptuously furnished in their characteristic corporate colours of black, gold and sand.
If you have not already done so, but would really like to fill your credit card, you could certainly do so in Bond Street, with luxury shopping – you will have a large choice among the shops of renowned designers such as Donna Karan, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nicole Fahri, Armani, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, Hermes, Ralph Lauren or the shops of Mulberry and Burberry for true English style. There are also the famous jewelers such as Cartier, Tiffany, Asprey & Garrard or specialized art shops such as Other Criteria which has opened a second shop in Hinde Street, near Marylebone High Street.
For trendy shopping, you must not miss Covent Garden, full of speciality shops and you will find eccentric ones, such as The Dispensary which sells everything, John Smedley, Elspeth Gibson for the girls, but also Oasis, French Connection, Next, Hobbs, Marks & Spencer and Mango. Men’s fashion is available at Diesel, Replay, Firetrap and for the more elegant, at Paul Smith. Not to be missed is a walk along Carnaby Street, the birth place of the fashion and culture revolution of the so-called “Swinging Sixties”, where you will find a trendy atmosphere animated by the most offbeat talents of fashion and design. There are 2 new shops open here: Irregular Choice, the eccentric brand of socks, and Eastpak, the famous rucksack/backpack brand, with 2 floors of clothes, bags, suitcases and accessories.
For those who are looking for unusual or vintage clothes, unobtainable antique objects and a lively, multicultural atmosphere, Notting Hill is the right place. It offers a rich choice of original and alternative shops, but it is also famous for its market, along Portobello Road. Very well known is the “One of a Kind too” vintage shop, full of interesting articles which date from the twenties to the eighties.
Not to be forgotten is the shopping which can be done in the Docklands area (Canary Wharf stop). It is a new City. And then the largest shopping centre/mall of the city just inaugurated –Westfield London, which holds 5 large brand-name shops, such as Marks and Spencer, and more than 265 specialized shops. Under a spectacular glass roof, it has some of the best brand names in the world; inside the area in boutique style, called The Village, there are 40 luxury shops.