Top Five Shopping Streets in London

London is the fashion capital of England and of many places in Europe.  People come from all over the world to shop until they drop in London. Here are some of the famous and well known shopping streets in London

1) Oxford Street

Oxford Street is one and a half mile long, which is quite a distance for shoppers especially if you are fighting your way through the crowds on a busy Saturday afternoon.  One end of Oxford Street is Hyde Park corner, and the other is Tottenham Court Road. In the middle is Oxford Circus which gets very busy at rush hour and sometimes closes to reduce congestion.  John Lewis, Primark, Selfridges, Debenhams are all located along Oxford Street. It is also where the famous Christmas Lights are displayed during the winter months.  Oxford Street is home to many clubs, one of the most well known Movida is down Argyll Street, right next door to the London Palladium.

2) Regent Street

This road leading up to Oxford Circus away from Piccadilly is about half the size of Oxford Street but still has nearly as many shops.  It is home to the first London Apple store, Banana Republic and the now flagship Superdry store.  Regent Street is situated between Carnaby Street and Old Bond Street and has many of the high street brands such as Gap, Mango, Zara and  Accessorize.  The shop opening times are similar to that of Oxford Street which are open 10am to 6pm or 7pm with late nigh shopping on Thursdays and Sundays open 12 noon until 6pm.

3) Old Bond Street

If you can afford it, shop along this street which is home to some of the most expensive and exclusive designer boutiques. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, YSL and Salvatore Ferragamo are all this street which has also been targeted in many of the “smash and grab” incidents.  The London Flagship Tiffany Store is on Old Bond Street and the first European Abercrombie & Fitch shop is located a few metres away on Saville Row.

4) Covent Garden

Just one tube stop away from Piccadilly but feels like a little town in its own right, there are so many shops in Covent Garden, you could easily feel overwhelmed.  There are the shops around the market which includes the newly opened Apple store (which was once an indoor market), Nine West, Bravissimo as well as H&M on Long Acre.  The Seven Dials part of Covent Garden is a trendy shopping area and was where Superdry first opened its London Store.

5) Carnaby Street

Tucked between Oxford and Regent Street, there are many boutique shops and a small shopping centre called Kingly Court along Carnaby Street.  Also referred to as north Soho, there are many bars and restaurants all dotted in between the shops.  Home to Liberty as well as the Puma store and various surf shops, this is a trendy place to do your shopping.  At Christmas time, there are festive decorations all down the street and in summer, it is a pleasant place to grab a bite to eat or party until the early hours.

If you are a shopaholic, give yourself at least two stays to visit these shopping destinations.  If you are lucky enough to stay in one of the many central London apartments , you will never be too far from one of your favourite boutiques.

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On of the worlds busiest shopping thoroughfares, Oxford Street is about all things shopping. Running for over two miles from Marble Arch to an intersection with Tottenham Court Road this is one the densest shopping streets in europe, with over five-hundred and fifty shops along it. The road still does go all the way to Oxford, although through several name changes along the way. Today, in modern busy London, no-one is expected to use Oxford Street as the main way to get to Oxford – there are far less congested options these days!

Dividing salubrious Mayfair from Soho and Covent Garden is an example of John Nash’s foray into town planning. Famous for his Georgian terraces that surround Regents Park, Nash wanted to redesign the layout of London, while this never actually happened to his grand plan, Regent Street gives an idea of what he wanted London to look like.

All things for all people, everywhere – this is the Harrods motto, and adhering to this principal Harrods has become one of the worlds best known names in shopping. Harrods of Knightsbridge is a luxury Department Store and a brand in and of itself. People come from all over the world just to get their hands on one those Harrods ‘green bags’, once a sign of extreme luxury, Harrods is a lot more accessible than people realise. The department store’s liveried doorman open the doors for over three-hundred thousand people a day, making this shop just as much a tourist attraction as it is a shopping destination.

Surrounding the Regent’s Canal in North-London are the Camden Markets, the largest street market in the UK and one of London’s most popular shopping destinations. Nearly half a million people visit the markets each and every week, for clothes shopping, arts and craft stalls, some great food or simply just to have a look round and people watch. Camden Markets are a combination of indoor and outdoor markets, incorporating stalls and small shops, the markets are huge and diverse with a strong emphasis on alternative styles and fashions.