London is a shopaholic’s dream, from Mayfair’s chic boutiques and luxury shops to Camden’s bustling flea markets and indie stores. If you’re visiting London in search of a little retail therapy, here are a few spots to shop ’til you drop.
Old Spitalfields Market
Old Spitalfields Market takes pride of place in a historic corner of east London, where there’s been a market for over 350 years. Today, the bustling market hall plays host to arts and crafts stalls, start-up fashion brands, street food outlets, and more—and the place really comes alive on the weekends.
This outlet shopping center is set just outside Oxford—within easy reach of London. Browse the racks for luxury labels including Dior, Gucci, Karen Millen, Kenzo, and Ralph Lauren, and find fabulous bargains with up to 60 percent off retail value. To make life simple, shopping tours run from centrally located London hotels with round-trip travel included.
Widely considered among the most famous squares in London’s elegant West End, Covent Garden began life as a fruit and vegetable market in the 17th century. Today, locals and tourists alike soak up the atmosphere among the street performers, market stalls, and stylish cafés. With big-name shops along nearby Long Acre and boutique stores around Seven Dials, Covent Garden is a great place for browsing.
From Marble Arch tube station at the top to Tottenham Court Road at the bottom, Oxford Street is home to some of London’s most popular department stores. The strip is a fashion-lover’s haven, with Debenhams and Selfridges, Topshop’s gigantic flagship store, and British “high street” (mass-market) favorites such as H&M, French Connection, and Zara.
This hip corner of north London is famous for its cool record shops, vintage boutiques, and colorful markets. Dive into the Stables for a fine selection of global street food, or come for a drink and a meal on Camden Lock, where the Regent’s Canal flows slowly by.
Harrods is one of London’s flagship department stores, known for its luxury labels and haute couture. From designer clothing and fashion accessories to food, wine, and beauty products, Harrods is a mecca for serious shoppers from around the world. Stroll the different departments and admire the artful displays. Even if you’re just window-shopping, Harrods offers what is perhaps the best shopping experience in all of London.