The best shopping in London depends on what you are shopping for and what sort of budget you have. There are plenty of famous shopping streets and markets to choose from. My favourite shops when it comes to clothing and fashion are Firetrap, Diesel, All Saints, Penguin, Fred Perry, Ben Sherman which are all based in Covent Garden.
Carnaby Street in north Soho and is an area which has seen some changes in recent years with lots of new store appearing. Currently shops like Merc Hugo Boss, G-Star Raw, Ben Shermen, Levies and a few sports shops such as Puma and Soccor Scence can be found here. I like Traffic People which is a quirky little shop found just off Carbaby Street at Kingly Court. Here you will find three floors of quirky shops or ‘concept’ shops as they are called. Food shops in Carnaby Street include Pret a Manger where you can get a good cappuicina, sandwiches, suchi and more. Starbucks coffee lounge and Ben’s Cookies can be found here also. I would whole heartly recommend a cookie from Ben’s. Being a cookie fan I can vouch they are good there!
Famous Oxford street features all the top British and international chain stores and is 1.5 miles from end to end. Make sure you are waring comfy shoes! Here you will find a huge range of stores including a huge Selfridges, Marks and Spencer’s, Wallis, Evans, Next and all the other major high street brands. You won’t go hungry as you can find an Asian Buffet and Chinese express bar in close proximity. Another starbucks coffee house can be found here and another Bens Cookies, heaven! McDonalds and KFC can be found if junk food is your thing.
Regent street is another famous street which offers a wide variety of shops for the keen shopper. Shops include Calvin Klien Jeans, Burberry, Benetton, French Connection, Guess, All Saints, H&M, Quick Silver, Nike and Topshop to name just a few. Bond Steet and Piccadilly are other top places to shop in London.
Bargain hunters should head to London in January when the sales are in full swing and the hotel and B&B prices have dropped. But there are markets on every week of the year so whatever time of year you visit, you can head for the markets to pick up a bargain.
I think the best two markets in London when shopping for clothes are Camden Market and the Truman Brewery. You will also find lots of nik naks and food on offer and a kind of buzz in the air. You can’t beat London when it comes to Markets. Petticoat Lane Market is located on Wentworth Street and Middlesex Street in East London is also great for clothing. Portobello Road Market sells antiques, and is located in the Notting Hill area of West London which is the same Notthing Hill featured in the film of the same name.