London is a shopping mecca, with a high street in every borough
London is full of shopping gems, you can't walk more than a few paces without popping in to a shop. Two of the biggest shopping malls in Europe are situated at either end of the Central line, Westfield-Stratford City in the East, and Westfield at Shepherd's Bush in the West. In between you've got the big old favourites of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street, in the centre, but just near there, if you want a quieter experience, you can swan around Marylebone High Street, and stop for a genteel cup of coffee before continuing with your purchases. Markets are also a great bet in London, Broadway Market in Hackney,
Covent Garden is great for shopping, eating, and hanging out, located in the heart of town.
Local Expert Tip: "Covent Garden is great for finding slightly quirkier clothes and shoes and presents, when you're tired of shopping it's full of great restaurants and bars too."
- Type: Antique Shops, Beer, Wine, Spirits, Bookstores, Boutique, Childrens Clothing, Chocolatier
- Neighborhood: Hampstead
Hampstead High Street is a quiet, upmarket place to shop, which leads you to think you are shopping in a village rather than a megacity.
Local Expert Tip: "Brilliant for browsing for gifts or clothes. Just be careful, as the villagey atmosphere creates such a nice experience that you won't want to stop."
- Type: Bookstores, Business Services, Childrens Clothing, Clothing Stores, Farmers Markets, Food / Gourmet Stores
- Neighborhood: Marylebone
Marylebone High Street is a manageable version of a high street, albeit upmarket.
Local Expert Tip: "Come here for a more relaxed shopping experience just a few blocks away from Oxford Street. "
- Type: Antique Shops, Art Galleries, Bookstores, Clothing Stores, Farmers Markets, Flea Markets
- Neighborhood: Hackney
Broadway market has shops all week, and a market at the weekends,if you want independent, this is the place to be.
Local Expert Tip: "In the summer, pick up some nibbles from the market, take a rug and go to London Fields the nearby park for a picnic with the thousands of other hipsters who fill Hackney all year round."
- Type: Antique Shops, Bookstores, Boutique, Farmers Markets, Food / Gourmet Stores, Local Picks
- Neighborhood: Brixton
Brixton Market is a great place to shop in the day, and stay in the evening, and you'll get live singing, and great bars and clubs.
Local Expert Tip: "As well as food, there are some great boutiques, independent shops, and little stores selling all manner of cool clothes, accessories, furniture and presents. A great place to browse and while away a whole weekend."
High Street Kensington combines a bit of everything, and it's a go to for a giant whole foods market, as well as snazzy clothes and shoes.
Local Expert Tip: "If you are bewildered by the giant shops in Oxford St, or the malls at either end of the Central Line, then High St Kensington is the place to go."
- Type: Department Stores, Food / Gourmet Stores, Furniture / Home Decor, Gift Stores, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts
- Neighborhood: Newham
Westfield Stratford City is a shopping mall, but if that is what you like, it's a great one to visit.
Local Expert Tip: "If you know what you want, or just stick to the big shops outside the main halls then this is a great experience. If you like shopping centres then you'll certainly have fun here. There's even a huge cinema too, amusements and lots of restaurants and food courts."
Portobello Road, made famous by the film Notting Hill, but long before that, it attracted Londoners for its eclectic mix of shopping and life.
Local Expert Tip: "Portobello Road is best on Fridays if you can visit then, and slightly less busy"
Islington is another part of London that is great for shopping, and definitely worth a visit.
Local Expert Tip: "It is not just Camden passage, the area has Essex Road, the Angel and Upper Street as well as Chapel Market for cheap fruit and veg."
- Neighborhood: Camden Town
Camden Market has shops and market and is open all week, although busier at the weekends.
Local Expert Tip: "Camden Market is still a favourite among visitors to London despite not having massively changed since the sixties, for all that, it's definitely worth a browse"
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