London’s fashion musts – our shopping guide
England’s capital city has a global reputation for fashion innovation, along with a huge volume of shops and stalls. But it’s a big place to explore if you’re visiting, so where can you find the best high- street hotspots and clothes markets?
Let’s start with an easy one. Covent Garden is centrally located and easily reached from many of London’s tourist areas – and it boasts both quantity and diversity in a compact, very pedestrian- friendly setting. Designer names like Paul Smith rub shoulders with infamous vintage emporium Blackout II and vibrant underwear retailer Coco de Mer; and Neal Street is a magnet for those who love urban streetwear and shoes. There’s even an entire store devoted to high-quality umbrellas, in the form of James Smith & Sons.
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Probably London’s most popular shopping stretch, Oxford Street is high-street heaven, with more than 300 outlets and landmark retail buildings. Department store Selfridges is probably its best-known name, but you’ll also find John Lewis, Debenhams and all the other usual suspects – plus some hidden gems down its many side streets.
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If you love unique designs and independent traders, Camden Market will please you. Around 200 stalls are clustered around Camden High Street and Chalk Farm Road, selling alternative clothes, shoes, clubwear, jewellery and other accessories. You might also like to check out Dover Street Market, nestled between Mayfair and St James’s, which is housed in minimalist style in a six-storey industrial building – perfect for rainy days, especially if innovative designer togs are your thing. MORE ABOUT CAMDEN MARKET >
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Just a short wander from the theatres of the West End, Carnaby Street has a colourful history; not least its trendsetting role in the swinging London of the 1960s. It now has over 140 shops, bars and restaurants – and shoppers visit in their droves to source designer gear, vintage mod clothes and even sportswear. Diesel and American Apparel are among its big names, while neighbouring routes like Newburgh Street, Foubert’s Place and Kingly Court also harbour a wealth of fashion treasures. MORE ABOUT CARNABY STREET >
In the mood for something super-posh? Mayfair is waiting for you – and often visited by celebrities on their own fashion hunts, especially outlets like Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. Luxury window shopping is something of a hobby around Bond Street, so even if you’re not buying, there’s no harm in hanging around for a spot of inspiration.
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And, of course, we mustn’t forget Harrods. Among its incredible decor and immensely varied wares, London’s most famous shop stocks a fine array of fashion clothing and footwear.
Get ready to shop
Even the most determined shopper can get weary, so you need to start your London fashion trip with as much energy as possible – and that’s where MegabusGold is your best shopping pal. Relax as you travel by making plans via our free wi-fi, or sleep in cosy bunks as part of our overnight service.
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