London is a shopper’s paradise. Designer boutiques, high-street stores, thrifty markets and vintage havens, this city has it covered. Your entire trip’s itinerary can be worked around your daily retail therapy needs. And if you happen to be travelling with someone that doesn’t enjoy being dragged around the shops, there’s plenty going on in London to keep them entertained too - Big Bus tour anyone?
Here’s our handy guide to London shopping – please note we take no responsibility for any damage caused to your bank balance…
Best shopping in London for designer brands
There are plenty of luxury shopping destinations in London. Hit Bond Street for rows and rows of designer fashion stores, fine jewellery, art and antiques. Think Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton. Next, head over to iconic Harrods, opened in 1849 as a simple grocery store and today stands as seven floors of the finest food, fashion, toys and homeware, with numerous restaurants to refuel at too. Hefty budget required.
Find the nearest Big Bus Stop to Regent Street
Find the nearest Big Bus Stop to Harrods
Best shopping in London for high-street fashion
For low to mid-range budgets, fashion, homeware and jewellery, Oxford Street is your haven. High-street brands from all over the world line up to offer a shopping experience you can spend an entire day (or two) enjoying. From standalone shops to department stores spread over several floors, every possible taste is catered for. And close by are plenty of restaurants, cafes and even drinking holes to either relax in for the rest of the evening, or for just a quick pit stop before you begin another round of London shopping. An abundance of energy required.
Find the nearest Big Bus Stop to Oxford Street
Best shopping in London for market goods
There are plenty of markets to mooch around at in London, selling everything from gourmet food, thrifty trinkets, flowers, bargain fashion and so much more. A great way to shop without breaking the bank. For something tasty, head over to Borough Market. To browse the oldest indoor market in London, visit Old Spitalfields. Or for something a little more alternative, Camden Market a must when in town. Check out our full guide on the Best Markets in London and plan your day’s shopping adventure. An open mind is required.
So there you have our list of the must-visit shopping destinations based around taste and budget. And yet if you manage to visit them all, you still won’t have scratched the surface of what the London shopping scene has to offer. There’s still Carnaby Street, Regent Street, Mayfair…the list is endless. But if you hop on a Big Bus tour, we’ll not only drop you off right in the heart of the (shopping) action, but we’ll swing back around when you’re ready to re-join the tour. Just don’t forget your credit card!