The first time LYA stayed in London this year was only for 2 days so shopping was not the main activity but as I just came back from my second London trip, I can tell you I have never shopped that much before! Warning: shopping in London is quite expensive in general. Here are some of the areas where you will want to spend money.
Notting Hill/Portobello Road
This area of London has been categorized as the “romantic” side of the city. Why? Well, before I went there and actually saw it for myself, I didn’t know it either. Now, I can tell :-p The houses are colourful and charming, the boutiques are cute and vintage, the decor is so pleasant that it makes you want to walk in the neighbourhood holding your love’s hand during the whole day 🙂 The boutiques in this area are mainly vintage shops, souvenir shops and also some fashion shops. The big attraction is the Portobello Market. It takes place every Saturday, all day, and gathers vintage clothes/accessories/furnitures, food/vegetables/fruits, furnitures, art etc. It is very impressive and very crowded!
If you’re looking for a crazy shopping spree, I advise you to book a whole day and spend on Oxford Street. You will find all the famous international brands such as TopShop, River Island, Primark, Aldo (shoes), La Senza, Nike Town, Urban Outfitters, Zara, Marks and Spencer (supermarket)… You will see so many shops you might get dizzy and get high on Shopping 😉 This street is always busy and crowded. If it’s your first time in London, enter in TopShop and just take a look inside: they sell cupcakes, frozen yoghourts, amazing accessories, jewellery, vintage clothes, gadgets etc.
I believe this is the cutest street in the Oxford street area. Located behind Regent street and Oxford street, it is filled with independant shops and boutiques that have such amazing front windows that you want to enter them all! Cupcake shops, clothes, accessories, sweets, etc… Shopping treasures! If you are a girl you might want to enter the AQUA shop which always has amazing sales on the top floor.
King’s Road/South Kensington
Welcome in the chic posh region of London! You will find most of the luxury brands there but also some very nice independant shops next to Knightsbridge, sloan Sqaure and on Kings Road. It is very pleasant to walk in the streets and watch the windows, eat an ice cream (Amorino or Frae frozen yoghourt) and enjoy London in a different way on a Sunday for example. Also you are not far from Hyde Park so if the weather allows it, you can take a walk over there and enjoy the Sun and the nature. This area is also hosting one of the main shopping centers of London, known as Harrod’s 😉 Take a look at the famous teddy bears on the last floor!