Shopping experiences in London
Collected by Emma John , AFAR Local Expert
Portobello Rd, London, UK
Portobello Road is a colorful stretch of shops and stalls selling bric-a-brac and antiques. Part trendy neighborhood, part flea market. On Saturdays, thousands of people flock there for bargains. I recommend going on a weekday. You can have the...
84 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4QW, UK
Daunt Books really is special. Even if you are not a big reader, it is well worth a visit because the space is so beautiful and filled with exceptionally well-chosen books. Daunt is the ultimate antidote to the Amazon generation and connects you...
14 Bacon St, Shadwell, London E1 6LF, UK
Victorian, Edwardian, and period pieces from the 1920s through the 1950s are the specialty of this vintage shop off Brick Lane. We love their lace, and they always have a cool selection of gloves and hats. There is a cute café upstairs where bands...
91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QR, UK
It was Bangladeshi and Jewish immigrants who put East London’s Brick Lane on the map with affordable, authentic bagel shops and curry houses that still draw late-night crowds to the area. But these days it’s also a creative hub, with...
87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK
A trip to London isn't complete without a visit to Harrods, the world-famous department store. What I find most fascinating though is the building itself and its interior design. Spend a little time looking beyond the items on sale and check out...
31 Carnaby St, Carnaby, London W1F 7DL, UK
Just off the quite massive central shopping district of Oxford Circus is a little place called Carnaby Street. Here you'll find more boutique shops, street performers and smaller crowds. It's a cute place to walk around and grab a drink as well!
2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch, London E1 6GY, UK
Shoreditch is no slouch when it comes to being a headquarters of hip in London. However, it really set itself apart when 'Boxpark' opened along Bethnal Green Road. It's purported to be the "World's First Pop-Up Mall". As the name suggests, it was...
17 Clifford St, Mayfair, London W1S 3RQ, UK
“Anderson & Sheppard have had a presence in the area since the turn of the last century. They may be over 100 years old, but they blend a century of bespoke tailoring with contemporary touches and perfect detailing. It was perhaps gaining a musty...
While skipping the museum and going straight to the shop isn't something you hear all too often, it's something a lot of people do in London, including Londoners themselves. Especially at the London Transport Museum. The museum is full of...
1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead SM7 3JA, UK
This year both of us desperately wanted to visit Provence in South France to witness the gazillion lavender farms. For some reason we could not, and boy were we disappointed. Not for long. Enter Mayfield Lavender Farm. This 25-acre farm is located...
3, 22 Bloomsbury St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3QJ, UK
At this super chic boutique just around the corner from the touristy Portobello Market, you'll find a mix of vintage and modern luxury items. The store is beautifully curated, with artwork hanging from the walls and a dark wooden spiral staircase...
156 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG, UK
“One thing is for certain: you can’t miss Nelly Duff’s spectacular shop front in the heart of Columbia Road. It is a super-friendly screen-print store and edition house and one of London’s first commercial street art galleries. It exhibits and...
2 Columbia Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 7NN, UK
“I very much like this wonderful art and design gallery selling an incredible range of furniture, works of art, and photography. The owner is Keith Roberts, son of the English designer and fashion entrepreneur Tommy Roberts, who opened the Mr....
98 Columbia Rd, Shoreditch, London E2 7QB, UK
“Future Vintage is a dress agency and a really great concept. They sell high-end design classics including clothes, shoes, and handbags at really good prices. The idea is that you take your clothes to them and they sell them on your behalf, paying...
1 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3JR, UK
“Of their multiple locations, the store at One Savile Row is worth visiting just to see the space, which has been perfectly restored to reflect its centuries-old roots. They have even retained the historic 'Map Room' of the Royal Geographical...
44 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9EP, UK
Want the ultimate souvenir that none of your friends will have? Head to Tatty Devine in Covent Garden to customize a colorful necklace. In just a half-hour, you can design and walk out with a personalized accessory that's totally chic and unique....
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB, UK
The strength of the British Pound means that shopping in England can really take a bite out of your wallet. If you're like me and prefer to splurge on food and drink, you may choose to skip out on the shopping of Oxford and Bond streets. But these...
Carnaby St, Carnaby, London, UK
Among the shops and tourists buzzing about Carnaby Street is a quite respite just off Kingly Court: a book swap shop! Shelves are filled with classics new and old, while inviting velvet armchairs say, "Come, sit for a while." The idea is simple:...
Kynance Mews, Kensington, London SW7, UK
If you are looking into the option of visiting London but want to avoid the massive crowds of Oxford Street and the Strand, a good option would be to tour the many beautiful, quaint, and calm mews of the city. These mews were used, back in the...
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