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London Shopping Guide

Some of the world’s most prestigious - and oldest - luxury department stores call London home, as do countless centuries-old street markets. More recently, a handful of beloved born-in-Britain brands have breathed new life into the birthplace of Swinging London and Savile Row.


Department store bliss lies just south of Hyde Park. Each year more than 15 million shoppers pay a visit to Harrods, whose lit-up facade is one of the city’s most remarkable sights. Rival Harvey Nichols’ eight floors of luxurious shopping and dining also explains why this swanky neighborhood is part of what’s locally known as the “Tiara Triangle.”

Top Places to Shop in London
London Designer Outlet
1,129 reviews
LDO is London's leading fashion and lifestyle outlet centre. Its 50 stores offer year-round discounts of 30-70% off RRP and it also has 20 restaurants, bars and coffee shops, a 9-screen Cineworld and free children's covered play park. Brands include Nike, GAP, Superdry, Guess, Kurt Geiger, Converse, Ernest Jones, Lindt, Clarks, M&S, Body Shop, The North Face, adidas. LDO is right next to world-famous Wembley Stadium and The SSE Arena and easily reached by train, Tube, bus and car. The nearest stations are Wembley Park and Wembley Stadium. There's ample car parking, which costs £1 per hour (first 6 hours, excludes event days). On Stadium and Arena event days LDO guests spending £40+ at LDO can park for just £1 per hour, too. See website for details.
Covent Garden
24,736 reviews
Filled with restaurants, bars, markets and boutiques, London's premier tourist center offers fabulous shopping by day, and the destination of theatergoers and patrons of the Royal Opera House by night.
Harvey Nichols
402 reviews
Harvey Nichols flagship department store in Knightsbridge is located in one of London’s most fashionable and exclusive shopping districts. With a total of eight floors, the store houses hundreds of exclusive brands across menswear, womenswear, beauty, food and wine, including designers such as Alexander McQueen, Valentino and Versace. The Knightsbridge store also boasts a number of services such as the Style Concierge, where a team of fashion experts are on-hand to guide customers through the collections and seasonal trends. Alternatively, if customers are looking to take a break from shopping, the department store also has a spa and salon where they can indulge in an assortment of beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures, blow-dries and tanning. After a day of luxury shopping, customers can take a trip up to the Fifth Floor Cafe to enjoy an array of modern European dishes, exquisite bottles of wine and delicious cocktails whilst overlooking the rooftops of Knightsbridge on our beautiful terrace. The Harvey Nichols flagship store is the perfect place to enjoy a luxury retail shopping experience in London, or simply stop for a spot of afternoon tea, a light lunch or a few drinks after work.
3,736 reviews
Hamleys Toy Store is paradise on Earth for children, teens and adults. The magnificent seasonal windows, the displays and installations of various themes and the hundreds of toys create the “myth” of Hamleys and make children from all countries want to visit.
Forbidden Planet
507 reviews
The uk's largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer! Specialist comics and comic subscriptions
Paul Smith No.9 Albemarle Street
18 reviews
From it's beautiful custom cast iron facade to the eclectic range of clothes, furniture and curiosities inside No. 9 Albemarle Street is the jewel in the crown of the Mayfair shopping experience. The London flagship store of Paul Smith, Britain's foremost luxury designer this shop embodies the eccentric style and personality of it's owner. With rotating art exhibitions and window installations this shop is luxury with a difference.
2,128 reviews
Regarded as one of the best department stores in the world, this Oxford Street behemoth boasts a high-glam beauty hall, sprawling shoe gallery, Cowshed spa, restaurants, and even an in-store psychic.
46 reviews
This elegant St. James's perfumery has kept distinguished gentlemen closely shaved and freshly scented since 1730. Come in for shaving kits, candles, and fragrances for men, women, and the home.
Old Spitalfields Market
2,048 reviews
Open 7 days a week, it is the perfect antidote to the high street. We bring together small producers with local creatives and artisans, original independent retailers and a few well-known brands under one historic roof. Our daily market is home to a selection of carefully chosen traders, craftsmen, artists and artisans alike, picked for the quality of their product, and the stories they have to tell. We are interested in how things are designed, the creative process and the interesting people who produce the products you’ll find here. We champion quality and responsibly sourced products and we assess each operator individually on this basis. In the centre of the market floor you will find our ten fully fitted kitchens where we showcase exceptional contemporary and authentic cooking. We are proud to offer new levels of quality and variety in the dishes prepared by our chefs and operators, many of whom have already established great
Westfield London
2,098 reviews
Unlike its Stratford branch, the original Westfield has a special wing, The Village, devoted to 30+ luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Prada, plus the usual mall staples, restaurants, and a cinema.
Bicester Village
3,960 reviews
Located less than an hour's train ride from London's Marylebone station, and 20 minutes from Oxford, Bicester Village boasts more than 160 luxury designer outlet boutiques of British and international brands including Anya Hindmarch, Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent, MCM and Diane von Furstenberg - all with reductions of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Additionally, Smythson and Vivienne Westwood are represented by their only outlet stores worldwide. Shoppers can travel with ease from London Marylebone or Oxford Parkway directly to Bicester Village railway station alternatively the Shopping Express luxury coach service from central London to the Village. A number of luxury services available at the village, which include, valet parking, an award-winning Visitor Centre complete with multilingual hosts, Hands-free Shopping, and a children's play area. Restaurants include Le Pain Quotidien, itsu and farmshop restaurant and cafe.
Greenwich Market
1,628 reviews
This indoor market dates back to 1737, and is the only in London located on a World Heritage site. The range of antiques and independent designs is even better when you arrive via Thames riverboat.
Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4
2,151 reviews
The Hogwarts Express may not exist, but J.K. Rowling fans can still have a photo op at King’s Cross; be prepared to wait. Afterwards, spend your galleons on souvenir wands, toys, and Gryffindor gear.
Fortnum & Mason
4,693 reviews
From a small grocery store in Piccadilly in 1707, has grown a celebrated store with an international reputation for the exclusivity and quality of the products it sells. Fortnum's Food Hall is an irresistible display of gourmet pleasures, from chocolates and biscuits to smoked salmon and Stilton, vintage marmalade and seasonal produce. Passionate about provenance, we are proud to recommend every jar, spoonful and slice for our hungry customers.
The Body Shop
4 reviews
Our dedication to business as a force for good is stronger than ever. As part of our Enrich Not Exploit™ Commitment we’ve made it our mission to enrich our products, our people and our planet. That means working fairly with our farmers and suppliers, helping communities thrive through our Community Trade programme, being 100% vegetarian and always and forever being firmly against animal testing.
55 reviews
A Mayfair fixture since 1891, this chic department store features spas, restaurants, personal shopping, an exhaustive range of fashion brands, and exclusive pop-ups and events in its Octagon Room.
Camden Market
28,779 reviews
We're driven by the belief that you can only keep discovering if you keep looking ... so we're always adding interesting stores and traders. No two days are ever the same at Camden Market. Keep checking back to see what's new and what's next.
Foyles Bookshop
430 reviews
Relocated in 2014, from its former location to 107 Charing Cross Road, world-famous bookseller Foyles' flagship boasts six floors of books across all subjects and specialisms. Foyles Charing Cross Road also has an extended range of designer gifts and stationery, a free Gallery space, an Auditorium with a lively programme of public events and private hires, and a Cafe offering hot and cold drinks and locally-sourced food.
Liberty London
1,376 reviews
The Tudor-inspired exterior of this upscale department store is a treasure. Inside, find curated designer fashions, homewares, fragrances, and the iconic floral prints for which it is famed.
Heathrow Boutique
Heathrow Boutique offers Reserve & Collect a free shopping service. Reserve the latest fashion, technology, fragrance and more at Heathrow prices and it will be ready to collect and pay for when you fly.
John Lewis
770 reviews
Collaborations with Alice Temperley and its own Kin label play well with the fashion crowd, but it's the roof garden and stylish, not-so-basic homewares selection that may be the biggest draws.
19,365 reviews
Harrods remains at the height of British luxury retail, attracting millions of loyal customers from across the globe with its unrivalled product selection, world-class service, innovative retail theatre and historic setting. The store was opened in 1849 by Charles Henry Harrod as an expansion of his humble East End grocery and tea business. Today, it is one of the most distinguished names in the world. Seven floors and 330 departments showcase the best of luxury merchandise, from high-end fashion and accessories to the finest homewares and the latest technology. There are 28 restaurants in-store; we continue to enhance our portfolio with Galvin Demoiselle, Bentley's Sea Grill, and the institution that is The Georgian. Customers enjoy a wealth of exclusive services, such as By Appointment Personal Shopping and The Penthouse, a private suite dedicated to unsurpassed bespoke service in a beautiful environment. Other departments include the Urban Retreat at Harrods spa, a theatre ticket bureau, and The Studio, the store's interior-design service. Qatar Holding acquired the business in 2010, and it continues to guide - and invest strongly in - the store according to its philosophy: Anything is possible. Harrods continuously seeks to surpass the desires and expectations of its customers, staying true to its original motto: Omnia omnibus ubique (everything for everyone, everywhere). Harrods is located on Brompton Road, near the Knightsbridge London Underground station.
Portobello Road Market
4,446 reviews
Portobello Road is probably the world’s best known market. Though famous for antiques, that’s not all there is. It’s a haven for lovers of fashion, food, books and music; anyone who wants to find something unique or loves a bargain. It’s real London with real people, loads of character and treasure and bargains to discover. We hope you’ll visit soon.
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#1 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Superb market can be a bit overpriced but amazing displays friendly sellers excellent for foodies tea shop on corner superb for buying something slightly different good for present shopping if you want something g...
... entranced to be met by the aroma from the many stalls selling a vast variety of freshly prepared foods, ranging from specialty cheeses, cinnamon buns, fish and chips, fresh fruit and veg and much much more!
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#2 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Whenever I visit London I always try to get to Covent Garden Great shops, amazing atmosphere and many varied places to eat Always enjoy watching and listening to some amazing street entertainers Covent Garden neve...
Love the shops,the Apple Market ,the Restaurants everything about the Covent Garden area is fantastic ,wonderful place to wander round or just chill out watching the amazing street entertainers.
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#3 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Visited Camden Market on Saturday 6/4/19 Absolutely Madness Absolutely Manic Great Great atmosphere Food stalls fantastic (give out samples) Stables market brilliant Well worth a visit DON’T MISS OUT
Wonderful market , all kinds of different and interesting shops to browse through , and plenty of places to stop and have a bite , and if your into gothic and punk clothes they have a few amazing shops here , I hi...
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#4 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Such a lovely and amazing shop, will definitely visit again their souvenirs are all unique and cute
Really nice shop with some really cute souvenirs from London from David Bowie to Harry Potter We’ll definitely check it out again when we come back
#5 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Hatton Garden is world renowned for a huge array of jewellery shops, and it’s very easy to be taken in by the hard sell of overwhelming competition.
Engagement ring shopping can be quite overwhelming so after some other bad experiences I instantly had a good feeling when meeting Eddi and others in the team.
#6 of 1,108 Shopping in London
I spent quite a while visiting almost every Hatton Garden showroom to hunt down the perfect diamond, ring, and all at the right price for an engagement ring.
I'll be honest, I shopped around scouting a few places, and decided on house of hatton because of their consummate professional and kind customer care: they aren't pushy, they really want to do what's right for you.
#7 of 1,108 Shopping in London
I cannot express how incredible the service has been at Heera Diamonds, I went into Heera to just browse back in November but Anita was super helpful and informative that I ended up placing an order for the perfec...
Anita helped me with my design, recommended what would be the best purchase and also provided the cost benefit analysis which made my husband's decision very easy.. Given the extensive analysis, we can definitely...
#8 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Here on Marylebone High Street, is a marvellous bookshop in a calm , unhurried atmosphere with knowledgeable staff The different subject areas are easy to navigate with an excellent travel section
They have so many books and it is just a great and peaceful place to be just in Marylebone High Street between the nice designers shops and Aveda you can find Daunt Books.
#9 of 1,108 Shopping in London
I’m a regular here have shopped here all my life I cannot Recommend more it literally has everything you could possibly want or need, perfect central location too.Staff always friendly & ever so helpful even if yo...
The food hall was amazing - chocolates, truffles, confectionery, deli meats, cheeses, teas, seafood displays, exquisite casual dining areas, so much to look at!
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#10 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Loved the ‘hot-picks’ that greet you when you enter the shop- I thoroughly enjoyed the various summertime recommendations.
The shop is vast and used to be in the Guinness Book of Records for being the longest book shop in the world.
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#11 of 1,108 Shopping in London
My son so enjoyed the layout of the shop, and my husband had a good time exploring with him - while I enjoyed looking at the rare and signed editions section.
What a Wonderful Bookstore In November, we were in London on business, and a good friend took my wife shopping, for a present for a board member’s son.
#12 of 1,108 Shopping in London
It's both an exhibition of the graphic art from all of the movies including the Fantastic Beasts line as well as a shop where you can purchase replica prints of some of the most famous pieces of art from the movies.
... visit beforehand!) Overall, you must go here if you’re also a Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts nerd like us! You’ll love it and you’ll end up buying either a print from the gallery or a souvenir from the gift shop.
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#13 of 1,108 Shopping in London
I returned to the shop the next day and I am delighted to have bought a ring that is absolutely beautiful, perfect for my taste and which I will wear with love and happiness Many thanks to everyone at London Rocks...
The gorgeous range of jewelry and the thoughtful, expert service made the process of finding both our engagement and now wedding rings easy and fun when I was expecting it to be hard and stressful!
#14 of 1,108 Shopping in London
We’d travelled as a couple from West Wales, after my now fiancé had researched jewellers in Hatton Garden and found that A&S had very good reviews.
It is a wonderful shop and well worth the effort of going to London for.
#15 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Sam and Rishwa managed to create my perfect engagement ring from all the ideas in our heads and the finished result is beyond beautiful We will be going back soon to design and purchase the wedding band/s!
I visited the Hatton garden shop and was so pleased I did Naomi was excellent in her knowledge and so friendly I felt I was taking a lot of her time choosing my ring but she was so helpful and friendly, when I ret...
#16 of 1,108 Shopping in London
offers a vast selection of books over several floors, the top floor, accessible by lift, has a very good restaurant.The floor staff are extremely knowledgable and helpful.This shop has an ambience of quiet serenit...
I love this bookstore as it is always well stocked and I particularly like the travel section where you can always find excellent travel guides.
#17 of 1,108 Shopping in London
I love street food markets and London has a lot to offer, iconic borough, casual Hackney, inventive Camden, vibrant Spitalfield you name it, but all of the above my favorite street food market in London is definit...
Tucked away in Bermondsey but within sight of The Shard, this is a great market for hungry foodies, without the touristy pricing of Borough (thought that's fun to).
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#18 of 1,108 Shopping in London
The paintings aren't quite top rate but some are very beautiful and others are of historical interest for their portrayal of London life.
If you've money to spend, the shop has greetings cards, cushions, books for the intellectuals, and toy Roman helmets to amuse children.
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#19 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Every time I go to London, its a must shop to visit, just to see new merchandise from new shows, comic book etc and to sample all the novels if you haven't managed to get it otherwise, well worth a visit just to l...
The top half of the store is for general merchandise such as T-shirts, model props, Pop! figures, action figures, mugs, etc, whereas the bottom half of the store is for comics, graphic novels, books, board games,...
#20 of 1,108 Shopping in London
It´s got it all, colorful people, great street food stalls, handicrafts, vintage cloting, antiques, vibrant area, wonderful market to spend the day and roam around, we loved it and so did our teens.
When excellent weather pursues, must visit Brick Lane market but go early before some of the shops open so that one can see the graffiti and contemporary art around - so much street art and action.
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#21 of 1,108 Shopping in London
i always visit Cyberdog when im in London , really different , love the music , and the clothes are so different , daughter is amazed and some of the merchandise available , and loves to see the dancers.
The shop is easy to get to, considering there's two huge statues outside and in it, you'll find UV clothes, makeup and accessories and downstairs you'll find the more adult/18+ side of the shop (my two friends bei...
#22 of 1,108 Shopping in London
This jewelry shop is one of the best shop in london, they have a good quality of diamonds and unique design, and most of all they have a nice and very accommodating staff, Thank you Marco’
Over the past 10 years Stephen, Marco and the team have made me the most fantastic bespoke jewellery but originally I went there as Stephen was the ONLY jeweler I visited in Hatton Garden prepared to alter my emer...
#23 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Nice mix of vendors: several coffee place;, tons of places to grab lunch, with a range of cuisines; lots of bakeries with delicious treats; and a cool mix of homewares, greeting cards, pottery, jewelry, etc.
I have recently discovered the convenience of preordering with Brendan,what a gem this shop is! BBQ’d Madagascan tiger prawns , plump clams enhanced with serrano ham and sherry, swordfish with chimichurri, seafood...
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#24 of 1,108 Shopping in London
... on absolute perfection Even taking my 2 young children was made a stress free situation all by them The best jewellery shop In Hatton garden by far!!! Thank you for everything Daisy & Graham (Logan and carter) Xx
Once in Hatton Gardens you’ll become indecisive which shop to approach as there are so many of them.Thanks to Zishan a young & friendly man with his proactive approach.Highly skilled so if in doubt you can ask any...
#25 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Quality plants and flowers direct from the growers, wonderful atmosphere and great cafes etc when you have finished plant shopping, parking can be a challenge, you can buy plant carriers but IKEA bags are also exc...
This place gets extremely busy but well worth the visit plenty of cafes, shops selling everything decorative for the garden and house and when you’ve had enough you can go home with a man armful of flowers at a mu...
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#26 of 1,108 Shopping in London
Great litho exhibition at the moment, plus existing paintings including Reubens, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto!! Good shop and coffee bar where some of the Dulwich rich can be glimpsed.
The building itself is wonderfully situated in the quaint village of Dulwich and the coffee shop provided welcome refreshments to finish off our visit.
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#27 of 1,108 Shopping in London
In town for opera and stayed just off Neal's yard--dotted as it was with many lovely shops, restaurants with outdoor seating, lots to see including a wonderfully whimsical drawing on the wall of a Princess Diana-l...
Just off Covent Garden is the colourful neals yard quirky pretty and full of atmosphere lots of lovely little cafes and coffee shops great photo opportunity on you travels around London
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#28 of 1,108 Shopping in London
On the Strand you can find the 300 year old Twinings Tea shop, blink at you will miss the door, its very ornate and a fascinating tea place to visit.
There is a tea bar for tasting, historic artifacts, and a host of beautifully packaged gifts of tea, gifts that don’t add a lot of weight to your luggage!
#29 of 1,108 Shopping in London
From the doorman and the moment you enter you are in an Alladin's cave of grocery shopping (they stock clothes as well on the upper floors) Fabulous displays of all manner of jams and marmalades, and of course the...
We recently visited fortnum and mason on a lovely trip to London recently it was a really great experience such a lovely shop to see super clean the staff are all super polite and really friendly everything looks...
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#30 of 1,108 Shopping in London
The shops are each interesting and charming and the food options are great.
What a great place - lots of varied places to eat and shop.
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