There is no doubt that London is a shopper’s paradise, as people from all over the world who visit this city, have shopping in mind besides their sightseeing objectives.
Even the business travelers who visit the city, try to find some time to do shopping. The city offers all types of items that satisfy different budgets. Moreover, the shopping in London is not limited to high street chains and designer boutiques as you can find many vintage and second-hand shops provided you know where they are located. Whereas you have the high-end stores such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols etc, the vintage shops include Absolute Vintage, Lucy in Disguise, Reign Wear and Peekaboo etc.
London is also known as the fashion capital of the world as it in the same league as Paris, Milan and New York. London Fashion Week takes place every year in which top designers of the world showcase their latest creations in many shows that are attended by celebrities and many other people who are interested in seeing what’s new in the world of fashion.
There are plenty of shops ranging from tiny boutiques to high fashion designer outlets that satisfy people who are looking for something niche and unusual. People looking for big names and brands can explore Knightsbridge where they can visit big stores such as Harrods where luxury is written all over the place. Everything that is sold in the store is of the highest quality and also quite expensive. The other places that offer luxurious items include the big Topshop store and the famous department store Harvey Nichols.
In London, the famous fashion streets and luxury department stores include the following:
It is famous for its exclusive brands, designer fashion, fine jewels, art and antiques and is also home to prestigious retailers such as Burberry, Chanel, Dolce Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.
Dover Street Market
This six-storey fashion store in Mayfair is full of luxury labels, from Alexander McQueen to Yves Saint Laurent in an industrial space that has concrete floors and reconfigured Portaloo dressing rooms.
Fortnum & Mason
This quintessential English store has been selling food, luggage, homewares and clothes since 1707 and is the official grocer to The Queen. It has four restaurants and sells the most indulgent food stuffs and specialist teas or exquisite hampers.
It has seven floors and 330 departments offering the finest products in food, fashion, homeware, technology and more. It also offers 20 restaurants and specialist services.
This road offers an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels and designer shops along with inspirational interior design and the treasure trove of antiques at the Chelsea Antiques Market.
It is London’s most traditional store offering cutting-edge ranges, designer items from Vivienne Westwood, Chloe and Tod’s, plus an impressive beauty hall and haberdashery. It is indeed a shoppers’ paradise.
Mount Street in Mayfair is one of London’s fashionable destinations offering an inspiring mix of niche, luxury fashion and beauty brands, art and antiques dealers and exclusive restaurants.
The Royal Exchange
This luxury shopping arcade in the heart of the city is home to many high-end brands, including Gucci, Tiffany & Co and Watches of Switzerland.
It has beautiful shop fronts and crafted goods. It is a luxury quarter in the center of London defined by its four corners – Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park and Buckingham Palace.
It is famous for its bespoke tailoring, a heritage represented by notable companies including Anderson & Sheppard, Bernard Wetheril, Huntsman and Timothy Everest.
It is famous for being one of the most exclusive and luxurious shopping destinations in the world offering elegant catwalk of iconic luxury brands and exclusive products.
It is an exclusive shopping enclave being home to Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Mulberry, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany High Street.
On the other hand the vintage and second hand shops where you can get old, much-loved clothes and vintage fashion items in central London include:
It is lined up with dozens of packed shelves for both men’s and women’s styles arranged in meticulous order by color and type. You can find a great pair of gold loafers, black Dr Martens, or brown ankle boots.
This Covent Garden store offers antique apparel such as dresses from the 20's and 30's, and clothing and accessories from the 40's to the 80's. You need a lot of patience to rummage through the stock to find what you like.
It now focuses on the more exclusive, grown-up side of vintage. You can find designer gowns and day dresses, clutch bags, hats and immaculately-kept heels. Dresses start at £90.
What the Butler Wore
It specializes in 60's and 70's fashion for men and women and sells everything you need to pull off a polished retro look, from Mary Quant style shifts and floral flares to kitten heels and maxi dresses. It offers reasonable prices and it has friendly staff that helps you rummage particularly in the back where the furs, capes and evening dresses are kept alongside costume jewelery and accessories.
This Berwick Street store is well stocked with unique buys. The apparel is sourced from Austria, Germany and Italy.
This second-hand store is filled with affordable garments such as leather jackets, suit blazers and football shirts for men and for women. It offers vintage clothes from 40's to 00's..
It offers an expertly-curated selection of men’s vintage items such as plaid flannel shorts and flat caps.