London – Insider Shopping Tips

London is a wet and dreary city, but a little shopping can lift any traveller’s spirits. Thankfully, London is one of the best shopping cities in the world, so shake off those blues and get out and see some of the famed shopping streets of this historic city.

Oxford Street features over 300 shops, earning its reputation as being one of the busiest shopping streets in Europe. Oxford Street is home to the famed department store Selfridges, boasting 6 floors of merchandise totalling over 10 acres of shopping bliss, it’s a ‘must do’ on any London itinerary. Of particular interest is Topshop, a popular store carrying the cutting edge fashions of the day at high street prices; their location on Oxford Street is the largest in the country and serves as an iconic meeting spot for friends to get together and do a little shopping. Topshop’s masculine counterpart, Topman, is just next door and offers a range of designs from casual to business. About a block down from Topshop, pop into Uniqlo for everyday basics like simple jeans and cashmere jumpers.

Regent Street crosses Oxford Street and supplies London with yet another impressive shopping mecca with a selection of mid-priced shops. If the prices on Oxford Street were a bit much to swallow, head over to H&M for low priced goods that are high on fashion. Breathtaking architecture is the pride of Regent Street, which houses other popular stores such as Burberry, Hamleys Toys, Barbour, Banana Republic, and Brooks Brothers.

No trip to London would be complete without a trip to the famed Portobello Road Market. It may be packed with tourists, but it’s also heaving with antique shops, decades of vintage fashions, and stalls of retro British memorabilia to the tune of more than 2000 stalls and shops. A visit to this offbeat haven for bohemian chic and collectible antiques wouldn’t be complete without a nibble of one of Hummingbird Bakery’s famous cupcakes.

If the bargains at Portobello Road have brought out your inner deal hunter, stop in at the Designer Jumble Sale at the Andaz Hotel London on Liverpool Street. This unique sale is nothing short of a high-end yard sale, found at one of the most