Party Earth Review Rimmed by St. Martin's Lane on the east and Drury Lane on the west, Covent Garden is a vibrant shopping and entertainment district that has been drawing shoppers, theatergoers, and lots of tourists for hundreds of years. Every day, its large namesake piazza fills with knife jugglers, sword swallowers, human statues, dance ... more
London WC2E 9DA
Farmer's Market / Flea Market
Party Earth Review Technically composed of several adjoining independent markets, Camden Markets attract roughly a hundred thousand people every weekend, all eager to experience the area’s people, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Punks, hippies, and other creative types congregate in the area to buy and sell art, jewelry, and get tatted ... more
Chalk Farm Road/Camden High Street
Camden Town, Greater London NW1 7
Party Earth Review The one-time abode of the Prince of Wales – and a former transient hangout until a major cleanup in the early 90s – Leicester Square is now considered the heart of London’s entertainment district and a buzzing hub for theatergoers, tourists, and raucous street performers. Home to some of the largest cineplexes in the city ... more
London WC2H 7
Reviewed by Tara R.
"My Take: Full disclosure: I love jetsetting, but I tend to feel guilty about my consequently catastrophic carbon footprint. Enter Eurostar. Carbon-ne ..." more
St Pancras International Station
London, N1C 4QP
Market / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review Although out-of-towners may know it best as the place where Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts found love in the movie Notting Hill, Portobello Road Market is a London institution that is home to the world’s largest antiques marketplace and a cornucopia of art galleries, cafés, and homemade crafts. Drawing everyone from artifact ... more
Portobello Road at Westbourne Grove
London W10 5TD
Mall / Shopping Area
Party Earth Review Just a few minutes’ stroll from the vast expanse of Hyde Park, Whiteleys mall provides an easy place to shop free from crowds – as well as a great setting for a post-apocalyptic movie considering its mostly empty halls. Though its sixty-odd stores are housed in a beautiful marble building, complete with intricate spiral ... more
London W2 4YN
Party Earth Review Although Oxford Street and Regent Street connect at the always-hopping Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds. With hundreds of stores and eateries and thousands of bleary-eyed shoppers, the gritty and tourist-driven Oxford is a budget-friendly complement to Regent Street, the bustling avenue ... more
Westminster, London W1
Party Earth Review A cathedral to a dying art, Phonica Records places its faith soundly into vinyl and is a necessary stop for any record lover. Hidden from the chaos of nearby Oxford Street, the clean and simple shop features a wealth of hard-to-find imports and new techno, house, and dance cuts from around the world. Though large ... more
51 Poland Street
London W1F 7LZ
Mall / Shopping Area
Party Earth Review It took thirteen million man-hours to build Westfield London Shopping Centre, and it would take all but the most dedicated credit card-wielding Olympiad at least a few days to capitalize on all this twenty-first century mall has to offer. Shiny marble, glittering glass, and an atrium the size of a soccer field make the ... more
London W12 7GF
Reviewed by Lia-Michelle K.
"When many Americans think of open air vendors, I'm sure they envision their traditional neighborhood farmer's markets that set up twice a week and off ..." more
London SE1 1TL, UK
Party Earth Review A world famous traffic circle built in 1819 to connect Regent Street to Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus is a commercial thoroughfare that was once home to some of London’s most fashionable stores. Although its namesake street has become quieter in the years since, the area remains an international draw, attracting wide-eyed ... more
At the intersection of Piccadilly and Regent Street
London W1J 0TR
Landmark / Mall / Shopping Area
Party Earth Review Lavish and extravagant, Harrods is a 4.5-acre shopaholic’s dream in the heart of Knightsbridge. Stylish city dwellers and affluent visitors descend upon the regal department store to scoop up everything from haute couture by the world’s most fashionable designers to top-of-the-line sporting gear – including a £1,000 Moncler ... more
87–135 Brompton Road
Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7XL
When you think of the biggest shopping meccas in the world, there are only a handful of cities that make the list. The top 3 depending on who you ask are invariably New York, Paris, and of course, London. Whether you want the highest of the high-end, the chicest independent designers, vintage classics, or anything in between, shopping in London is truly second to none.
For starters, at the heart of London shopping is Regent Street and Oxford Street. Connecting at Oxford Circus, the two streets draw markedly different crowds. Oxford is more budget-friendly and more tourist friendly, and features stores like Niketown, Zara, H&M, and Primark, while Regent is on the high-end side with stores like Ted Baker, Kipling, and Massimo Dutti. Both streets host plenty of restaurants, cafés, and pubs in case you need to rest your weary shopping feet.
The biggest department store in London, and one of the biggest and most famous in the world, is Harrods. This 4.5 acre shopping extravaganza features more than 300 departments and welcomes over 15 million customers a year. Of course you can find anything here from actual gold bars to £20,000 handbags.
There are also tons of bargain-friendly options in London with some of the best open markets in the world. Apple Market, Camden Markets, and Portobello Road Market are three indoor/outdoor shopping areas that feature everything from antiques and vintage clothes, to art and produce. Millions of shoppers, both locals and tourists, flood the markets anytime the weather warms up and anyone could spend days exploring all of them.
No matter what you’re looking for in London, there are so many shopping options that you’ll go dizzy just trying to figure out what’s right for you. But once you do find the perfect shopping area to match your taste and style, you may never want to leave.