From flagship designer shops and world-famous department stores to cutting-edge independent fashion boutiques and vintage clothing emporiums, there’s no doubt that London is a shopping mecca. Whether you’re looking to max out your credit card on the high street or haggle over bargains at the markets, there’s something to suit all tastes.
The capital’s best shopping streets and markets are located all over the city, so make the most of your time and get the insider scoop on the hottest destinations by booking a guided tour. Choose an independent shopping tour of London and not only will you get chauffeured to each location by your private driver, but you’ll also avoid the hassle of battling the crowds and carrying your bags, all while being able to tailor the tour to your own tastes.
Start out admiring the elegant window displays on Bond Street, crammed with designer shops like Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, then hit nearby Oxford Street, London's busiest street, where you’ll find department stores like Debenhams and Selfridges, Topshop’s gigantic flagship store and British high street favorites like H&M, Zara and French Connection. Next, visitors can check out the hip designers of Carnaby Street or Chelsea’s King’s Road before picking up a picnic at Fortnum & Mason, one of Britain’s most famous food retailers, where the royal family members get their groceries. In Knightsbridge is Harrods, the iconic department store.
Another must-do experience for seasoned shopaholics is visiting London’s diverse markets, where you’ll not only find second-hand goods, local designs and delicious street food, but a vibrant melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Opt for an Independent London Markets tour with a private driver and you’ll get to choose the itinerary, picking up vintage bargains at Spitalfields market in the East End; sampling artisan foods at Borough Market, the local favorite; or haggling over choice antiques at Portobello Market.
Even if you don’t opt for a guide, you can still save money by investing in a Shop and Dine London Privilege Card. Valid at hundreds of stores and malls around the city, the card provides discounts and special offers at London’s popular Westfield shopping malls, Regents Street, Piccadilly Arcade and Oxford’s famous shopping outlet, Bicester Village. Best of all, the discount card is valid for two people for a whole year, giving you the perfect excuse to save up and plan a return trip.