London Shopping Overview

Oxford Street and Regent Street - Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in London

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.

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