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
May 26 9:30am Brighton Centre (Brighton, UK)
Kings Road, Brighton
East Sussex, BN1 2GR
Party Earth Review London’s reputation as a shopping mecca is upheld by Selfridges, one of the largest department stores in the city and a sanctum for the most avid brand lovers. Opened in 1909, the store contains ten acres and six levels of credit card shredding glory; all housed within a massive building complete with Greek ... more
400 Oxford Street
London W1A 1AB
Flea Market / Shopping Event
Jun 2 12:00pm Dean Street
London, UK W1
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
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
Shopping Event / Art Exhibit
Jun 13-19, 2013 Kensington Gardens
London, SW7, UK
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
London W14 8UX
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
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
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.