Don't you dare look at that exchange rate! No visit to London would be complete without stocking up on all the fashions, confections, literature, and gizmos that hide behind every set of doors you're bound to encounter. Head to Hatton Garden for jewelry or to Oxford Circus for the "highstreet" goodies you won't find across the pond. You can head east to save some of that hard-earned dosh on vintage and second-hand items that would pass as painfully curated sartorial masterpieces anywhere else – but just remember , street-style photographers abound, especially around Dalston and Hoxton, so get that paparazzi face ready for action.
Arianna Reiche is a London-based writer and publisher. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied at the University of Edinburgh before working with Vice, New Scientist, McSweeney's, and Gawker Media. She first fell in love with London running errands during London Fashion Week in 2009, careening through the streets in an microscopic G-Wiz stylemobile.