Last Updated on December 8, 2021
Thankfully the world is opening back up for international travel, and if you’re like a lot of people, you’re cashing in on your miles and checking cities off your travel bucket list. One destination so many of us dream of is London. London is home to over 7.5 million people, that’s a lot considering it’s one city that accounts for nearly 13% of the UK’s population! This means there will be tons of people watching, rich culture, fine dining and of course – shopping!
No matter your travel style, whether you like to have a jam-packed itinerary or you’d instead go with the flow, one thing’s for sure – shopping on vacation is always a highlight. So in between visiting Big Ben, The Tower, and Westminster Abbey, make sure you check out the following hot spots for shopping.
Let’s just go ahead and start with the big guns. You have to check out Oxford Street while you’re in London. Aside from the famed Selfridge’s, this iconic area is home to big box stores and boutiques alike. You’ll have no problem finding a new pair of women’s designer trainers here or a vintage sweater. If you’re not from the UK, you’ve still likely heard of Primark and are curious to check it out – well, their flagship store is on Oxford Street. You can also find familiar brands like Urban Outfitters, Lush, and Zara. But the true gems are the boutiques – so make sure you check those out and support locals, even when you’re far from home.
Bond Street & Mayfair
If you’re looking to blow some serious money, this is your spot. All the high-end designers have showrooms or boutiques here, from Balenciaga to Louis Vuitton. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, why not check out Tiffany & Company to get some dazzling inspiration. There’s also a phenomenal food hall in the area called Mercado Mayfair that was once a church. The site is over 200 years old and is now home to fare from all over the world. So, if you’re missing home (wherever that may be), you’re sure to find authentic food to ease the homesickness.
Carnaby is an excellent stop for any fashion-minded traveler, but if you’re into streetwear, this is a must-visit! You can shop iconic brands like Doc Martens and Fred Perry at Carnaby. Are you a fan of NERD or Pharrell Williams? His brand Billionaire Boys Club’s flagship UK store, is located in Carnaby and is so artfully styled, and you have to visit. Shopping is some people’s only form of cardio (you’re not alone, and what a fun way to get your steps in), so if you work up an appetite, you can refuel at Kingly Court. Kingly Court houses over 20 different restaurants, bars, and cafes, so you’ll find something for everyone in your travel group there.
Let’s be honest, and if you’re a serious travel shopper, you can easily spend all day at Seven Dials. This location is home to over seven different streets and comprises ninety shops and fifty restaurants. You have a seemingly unlimited selection of food and wares at your fingertips. Some noteworthy places at Seven Dials you should check out are Neals Yard and The Vintage Showroom. Oh, and if you’re a denim aficionado, you have to head into Nudie Jeans while you’re there. Seven Dials never disappoints, even the pickiest of shoppers.
Well, it wouldn’t be a UK shopping guide without referencing a king or queen – but seriously, Kings Road has some fantastic shopping opportunities you don’t want to miss on your trip. Vivienne Westwood’s World’s End is there (talk about iconic), not to mention the Designers Guild flagship store. It’s easy to fall in love with the entire Chelsea area as it’s incredibly charming, and King’s Road is just another aspect of what makes this neighborhood so great. And don’t forget to grab a sweet treat to reward yourself for good spending habits from Cocomaya Bakery right off of Sloane Street.
There are so many incredible experiences to be had in London, and the shopping is just one facet of what will undoubtedly be the trip of a lifetime. So, start saving now because you’ll be finding all kinds of treasures for yourself but souvenirs for friends and family too. Happy trails and happy shopping!