By Esin Huseyin
As the days get milder, and the sun is starting to peak it’s little face out from behind the grey clouds; a lot of people will finally be heading to the shops to purchase some Spring/Summer outfits, or anything that’s not black.
Hopefully, whether you’re a new or an old face to this city, this guide should give you the inspiration on places to take a wonder and shop till you drop.
Obvious. Loved by tourists and hated by most Londoners; but no list is physically complete with out this one. It has more than 300 shops and can attract a huge 200 million visitors every year – now I don’t know about you but that must be something to partake in. This road has everything from Primark through to high-end designers in Selfridges; truly something for everyone.
A stones throw away from the throng of people on Oxford Street, is Carnaby Street; pretty synonymous of London’s swinging 1960’s. Having undergone a bit of a face lift, you can expect to find more of the trendy and edgy brands. The surrounding streets also unravel in to a maze of shops; everything from Office to Monki. You can even find an entrance to one of London’s synonymous stores Liberty.
This absolute gem of a London shopping centre is pretty much bearable other than the lunch hour rush, obviously all the office workers descend. More than 200 shops, everything from Zara to Jo Malone – it’s honestly the nicest way of shopping, ever. There’s even a Waterstone’s – to get you prepped for the London Book Club feature which will be starting in March (shameful plug).
Smaller boutique and independent shops litter the streets here, you can find all of your beautiful trinkets for every occasion. However, when Portobello Road Market is on, you’ll find the streets full to capacity of antique and vintage hunters. Perfect for the when the suns shining and you can have a leisurely stroll down the road.
A short walk from Liverpool Street station is this unique pop-up shopping centre-ish in storage units; home of the pop-up stores in food, lifestyle, and fashion brands. It’s a unique way to shop, and it’ll certainly get your guests talking – it’s also only a 15 minute walk from Spitalfields Market, if you’re after some quirky market stalls and make up brands like M-A-C and Benefit.
Have fun shopping, and feel free to send along some suggestions – look out for a part II.