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. And if you need somewhere to rest your bags (and yourself) at the end of the day, we have plenty of fabulous hotels in London, you’ll be sure to find one that suits your needs.
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, Liberty has timber staircases and galleries that look more like a film set!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
intu Lakeside in Essex is one of the UK’s largest shopping destinations. Boasting over 250 shops, it’s also home to over 50 restaurants, a nine-screen cinema, spa and a 26-acre lake. With our Thurrock East Premier Inn within walking distance and our London Rainham hotel just a short drive away, that’s your place to stay covered.
Bluewater Shopping Centre is a shopper’s haven, located in Kent and the fourth largest shopping centre in the UK. Home to over 300 shops, a wide range of bars, restaurants and cafés plus a cinema and beautiful landscaped parks, it’s a must visit. Need to rest up after a day of hitting the shops? Our Premier Inn Dartford is less than three miles away.