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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