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Shopping in Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Piccadilly

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  London is a shoppers’ paradise, whether you’re looking for a 20-carat diamond on exclusive Bond Street or a £2 T-shirt on... more »

Tips:  If you plan to bring home bulk items such as canisters of tea, biscuits and other goodies, save those purchases for the end of the day... more »

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Points of Interest

Begin your tour on the busiest, densest shopping street in Europe. The crowds can be almost unbearable at peak times, so best to get an early start if you can. Some stores open at 8:30am although most don't unlock their doors until at least an hour later.

While the thoroughfare itself can be claustrophobic, ducking off onto one of the side... More

This buzzing, trendy clothing store is the darling of British models, actresses and singers as well as any anonymous fashionista worth her salt. Items are well priced and the store often invites celebrities to design special collections. (Kate Moss' efforts have been greeted by shopper stampedes.) Dressing room lines can be agonizingly long, so... More

You can usually spot this 250-year-old toy store by the magician, bubble blower or fairytale character camped in front of the entrance, enticing children inside. It's a bit of a madhouse between the screaming toddlers and the super-slow tourists, but once you take a deep breath you'll appreciate the incredible selection of puzzles, gadgets and... More

The luxury food from this upscale department store have delighted Brits for almost three centuries. Be sure to take some time perusing its famous tea and biscuits section. If you're in need of a treat, stop by the Parlour Restaurant on the first floor for an amazing ice cream sundae.
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181 Piccadilly
020 7734 8040
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Hours
Monday-Saturday 10am... More

5. Smythson of Bond Street

Royal warrants (authorization) are issued to companies that have supplied goods for at least five years to the Queen, Prince Philip or Prince Charles. This luxury stationery and leather goods store currently holds three, which basically means its exquisite products have managed to please the whole (royal) family.

Smython's pedigree extends beyond... More

If you need a little pick me up, grab a cappuccino from Carluccio's on this charming cobblestone courtyard just off of Oxford Street. There are several little cafes and boutiques to explore and the relaxed atmosphere is a nice change from the frenzy only yards away.
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23 Barrett St. (turn up James Street off Oxford)
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Hours
Vary per merchant; ... More

This sprawling department store was founded by American retailer H. Gordon Selfridge in 1909 and is a younger, hipper version of Harrods. It carries everything from badger (long, full bristles) shaving brushes for the well-groomed gentleman to scorpion lollipops (with edible scorpions encased in hard candy) for the adventurous eater. The... More

8. Primark

This bargain clothing store used to be a well-kept secret of fashion editors who ventured to its original location on the outskirts of town. Its Oxford Street opening in 2007 created an absolute frenzy and shoppers still elbow each other for the chance to grab "inspired-by-the-runway" outfits at dirt-cheap prices.
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Primark
499 Oxford ... More

Fans of the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" will recognize "Harvey Nicks" as the place to drop serious cash on designer clothing--ideally while sipping a glass of champagne. It retains an exclusive air and the new fourth-floor "lifestyle" area boasts an array of new British designers.
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109-125 Knightsbridge
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The most famous British department store of them all, Harrods is a labyrinth of a place where one can drop tens of thousands on a crocodile handbag--and then pop down to the Food Hall to pick up a pork chop for dinner.

Mohamed Al Fayed sold Harrods to the Qatari royal family in 2010 for $2.2 billion, but so far the new owners haven't touched the ... More