Shopping centres and malls abound in and around London for varied choice

You are spoilt for choice when you visit London if shopping is the name of your game. It really is a shoppers paradise, and you can find small individual market places, huge streets and thoroughfares set up to keep you busy all day. But in recent years, there have been a few huge American style shopping centres and malls built too. The latest, at least within the ring road, is Westfield Stratford City, in fact, this company, Westfield have bracketed the central line and given East and West London their very own mega shopping centres, since the other one is at Shepherd's Bush. 

There are even bigger centres out of town at places like Bluewater or Thurrock in Kent and Essex which are worth visiting if you have a car, but if you don't and want something a little closer to home, then just treat some of London's most famous centres as an outdoor shopping mall- think Oxford Street, High Street Kensington, Spitalfields Market, Hatton Garden for Jewellery or Angel Islington, they all offer something different and a specialist or niche product as well as the main high street stores. 

In the kaleidoscope that is modern London, the very concept of shopping centres and malls is changing too, and that can only be good news for those of us who love shopping.



Brent Cross shopping centre is a staple of North West London. It's been going since 1976 and was the first stand alone shopping centre in the UK. In the late seventies and early eighties it really was unique and was a huge treat to go there as a...  Read More



Westfield Stratford City is Europe's largest shopping centre. It compliments its sister shopping centre, Westfield at the other end of the Central Line in Shepherd's Bush. There's a John Lewis, a Marks and Spencers and just about every other...  Read More



Westfield Shepherds Bush was the first shopping centre in the Westfield group to open up on the western end of the Central Line. Its location proper is White City, near the old HQ of the BBC and Television centre. This part of West London is...  Read More



Oxford Street is London's busiest shopping street. At Christmas time it can sometimes be unbearable, but also magical too, as a string of lights across the road draws you in and some of the jewels in Oxford Street's crown, Marks and Spencer's...  Read More



N1 shopping centre at the Angel Islington is small but perfectly formed. Along with the shops up and down Upper Street, Cross Street, Essex Road and Camden Passage it forms a great shopping centre area with a twist. The twist being, that as well...  Read More

Outlying Areas


Bluewater bills itself as Europe's biggest shopping centre outside London. It is just on the edge of the British capital in Kent. It is a great big behemoth of a shopping centre, and at Christmas time it even includes a winter wonderland and a...  Read More



Spitalfields Market is an amazing place to shop in London both at the weekends when it gets very busy, and in the week, when you have a bit more space to hang out with some great coffee and cake and browse the huge mix of shops, from cool,...  Read More



High Street Kensington, or High St Ken as it is known in London is Kensington's main shopping street, with a bit of something for everyone. It is a long street and the character changes as you move further away from the tube up and down the...  Read More



Hatton Garden is the perfect place to shop for jewellery in London. There are over 50 jewellers gathered in one small street and the surrounding area. You can buy everything from antique to spanking new jewellery, gold, diamonds, rubies,...  Read More

South Bank


Hays Galleria is a very bijoux kind of shopping centre in the heart of London's South Bank just near the bustling London Bridge station which also contains a mini shopping centre these days. Hays has mostly tiny shops and little cafes so it's a...  Read More


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