Any capital is a haven for shopping enthusiasts, but London may be a cut above the rest, boasting as it does, numerous districts and stores to suit every kind of shopper.
This list could easily be 20 times longer, but if you’d rather spend your London visit doing things besides shopping, here are five well worth your effort, which should leave you with enough excess time to be cultural in the capital too.
5. Rough Trade East
Situated in the heart of Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery, Rough Trade East is a haunt for the trendy and curious alike.
It boasts an indoor cafe, numerous books and of course, a sprawling new vinyl collection that any music fan should take a look at.
For bonus trendy points, make sure you make a stop in its iconic photo booth and grab a snap of your time there.
4. & Other Stories
Owned by the same people who brought us H&M, & Other Stories recently opened its doors just past Oxford Circus, and since then, has become a bustling space filled with young fashionistas looking for some serious minimalist edge without splashing out on designer items.
The store is beautifully arranged, and everything is incredibly affordable. The fact that a full outfit from here will make you look like an edgy Coco Chanel is just a bonus.
Liberty may well be the most beautiful shop in the whole of London, housed in a massive mock-tudor building and designed to resemble a stately home.
The sprawling store boasts a wonderful selection of fabrics and haberdashery knick-knacks, all featuring its iconic prints. More recently, the store welcomed perfumes and luxury bathroom toiletries.
There’s no getting away from it: Liberty is expensive, but buying anything from it will give you a real piece of London to take away with you, and who can put a price on that?
When it comes to the British high street, giants don’t come any bigger than Topshop.
Try as they might, competitors don’t seem to be able to steal its thunder, and after a trip to the flagship store on Oxford Street, it’s easy to see why.
The absolutely-massive store sits across four sprawling floors, and boasts clothing to suit every taste.
Take a trip to the basement for a coffee and a snack, before perusing the extensive shoe selection, which features stock from office, Kurt Geiger and Jeffrey Campbell, as well as Topshop’s own shoe collections, and be sure to get a look at the numerous concessions.
Accessories sit on the first floor as you enter, with great on-trend jewellery and Topshop’s excellent make up line, while their boutique and designer collaborations sit one floor lower.
Set aside a whole morning for this one: it’s worth it, but don’t, whatever you do, visit on a saturday.
When all is said and done, Selfridges may well stand out as the best shop in the whole world, let alone London.
Though its reputation has seen it considered a department store for those with six figure salaries only, Selfridges is in fact an egalitarian store, featuring concessions to suit every budget.
Its spectacular denim studio features jean styles that range in price from £11 to £11,000, with Primark sitting alongside Louis Vuitton.
There’s no getting around it: Selfridges is simply, a must-visit, in every sense of the word.