Fancy a shopping city break? When it comes to retail therapy, the capital is the big daddy of them all. Yes, all the major brands are here. Yes, there are huge, gleaming malls. And yes, the independent shopping scene is livelier than a hipster after three deconstructed flat whites. But there’s so much more on offer, too. Where else can you shop where the Queen buys her tea bags? Or visit the world’s oldest toy store? Or go to a department store that’s a tourist attraction in its own right? If that’s convinced you, here’s our guide to London’s most happening shopping hotspots.
Quintessentially British, up to 100,000 customers walk through its golden revolving doors every day. As luxurious as it is iconic, Harrods offers eight floors, full of designer fashion, indulgent food, high-end homewares and gifts.
Fortnum & Mason
Fancy shopping where the Queen gets her teabags from? Or trying one of Fortnum & Mason's famous inventions - the Scotch egg? This slice of Georgian heaven is right in the middle of Piccadilly and if a trip here’s not on your bucket list, it should be.
A mix of high-street, vintage and designer boutiques, at Covent Garden the shops are world-class but the backdrop is even nicer - pretty cobbled streets, great architecture and street performers to entertain you while you’re bargain hunting.
Get off the Tube at Camden Market to find some of the quirkiest shopping in London. Specialising in all things retro, handmade or one-of-a-kind, Camden is the perfect place to spend a few hours, wandering in and out of the stalls.
If you're going to Borough Market, go hungry, because London’s oldest food market is a gourmet dream - you’ll want to try everything! A stone’s throw from London Bridge, there are over 100 stalls with local treats and global fare.
The largest and oldest toy store in the world, a trip to Hamleys is a must if you’ve got kids. Besides all the toys, you’ll find theatrical staff determined to turn Hamleys into a compact Disneyland in the heart of Regent Street.
With exclusive, cutting-edge fashion as well as everyday brands, plus a huge choice of on-trend shoes, accessories and clothes, shopaholics won’t regret a trip to Harvey Nicks! Our guide can help you plan your visit with military precision.
Westfield Stratford shopping centre based in East London is huge. It's one of the largest in Europe. Besides the big brands there are eateries, a 17-screen cinema, a bowling alley and a casino, as well as views of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
A mock Tudor building, staff that treat you like royalty and prints galore - a trip to Liberty is an experience like no other. Forget shopping centres that all look the same. Liberty has timber staircases and galleries that look more like a film set!
Canary Wharf isn’t just one of London’s most iconic landmarks, it’s a shopping destination that has it all. With more than 120 stores spread across 5 malls, you’ll find everything from small boutiques to designer labels spanning beauty, fashion, fitness, homeware and much, much more.