London’s shopping districts to choose from take a look at our guide to find out more about each of London’s best shopping areas. From the high street names on Oxford Street to the high end brands on
Bond Street, to independent boutiques around Carnaby, each of London’s shopping areas has a
Take your pick from Top 5 Favorite Shopping Districts London:
Oxford Street is one and a half miles from end to end. Most shops open 10am until 6 or 7pm. Many also open on Sunday from 12 to 6pm with late nights on Thursday. Oxford Street is best known for Selfridges and the other big department stores which are all found in the section from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus, along with most of the big-name multinationals. It’s more of the same towards Tottenham Court Road, but generally on a smaller scale. Oxford Street is said to be the busiest shopping street in Europe.
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street or Tottenham Court Road
Regent Street and Jermyn Street
An impressively elegant shopping street, Regent Street offers a good range of mid-priced fashion stores alongside some of the city’s oldest and most famous shops, including Hamleys, Liberty andThe Apple Store. Nearby, historic Jermyn Street is renowned for men’s clothing shops and is so typically British it’s enough to bring out the old-fashioned gent in anyone! Jermyn Street is particularly well known for its bespoke shirt makers such as Benson & Clegg and shoe shops including John Lobb.
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus
At a whopping 150,000 square meters the imposing Shepherd’s Bush Westfield Shopping Center has the dubious honor of being London’s largest shopping mall. Opened on 30th October 2008, bravely ignoring the first signs of a recession, this monster mall houses 265 high end shops and 50 restaurants, supplemented by a luxury spa and 14-screen cinema. The huge space includes a 18,580 square meter Marks & Spencer (bigger than its Marble Arch store) and a 6,500 square meter House of Fraser store split over three levels above a Waitrose. In the middle of the development is the Pavilion with glassed roof covering a central Atrium the size of a football pitch. Overlooking The Atrium, The Balcony is home to 13 fully licensed culinary counters while family-friendly eating options can be found in The Loft.
Nearest tube: White City or Shepherds Bush for Westfield London, and Stratford for WestfieldStratford City.
In the South-West of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea lies Notting Hill, one of the most attractive parts of London and home to the famous Portobello Road Market and Europe’s biggest street party, Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place at the end of August. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts starred in a 1999 Richard Curtis film about the well heeled West London area, sending tourists flocking there in search of a blue door and a travel book shop. In reality, two locations were used: Nicholls Antique Arcade, now furniture store Gong at 142 Portobello Road, and The Travel Bookshop, 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello. In addition to the picturesque market, Notting Hill is a great area for shopping, eating and drinking with Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Grove offering plenty to buy, do and see.
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove or Westbourne Park
A quirky alternative to your standard high street store, the Boxpark is a temporary village of stores offering popular designer goods, scrumptious food and unconventional gifts. Taking up residence in Shoreditch, these pop up shops are built using redesigned shipping containers and are aimed at those looking to avoid the bustle of the mainstream high streets and instead combine their shopping with an individual experience. Home to more than sixty ground breaking brands that have been carefully selected there is fashion, art and lifestyle creating a retail revolution. So get your skates on and head down to the world’s first ever pop up mall before it up and leaves!
Nearest Tube: Old Street and Liverpool Street