Shopping DistrictsOxford Street and Regent Street
A very large shopping area which has flagship branches of most of the best known UK chain stores. A good all-round choice for shopping.
Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Marble Arch
Touristy and mostly overpriced, but loads of atmosphere and street entertainment. Also has a market.
Tube: Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Charing Cross
King's Road, Chelsea
Once a fashion centre and still home to many independent fashion shops but now equally inhabited by expensive furniture and antique shops. Also has many restaurants.
Tube: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington
Dominated by the two top quality department stores, Harrods and Harvey Nichols (see below).
StoresHarrods 87 Brompton Road
Shop in Victorian grandeur at this World renowned department store, most famous for its food halls. Beware, prices are high but sale times are very popular.
Harvey Nichols 109-25 Knightsbridge
A good alternative to Harrods and just a short distance away. Loads of designer labels and large beauty department but, again, prices are high. Has a very good rooftop restaurant.
Marks & Spencer 458 Oxford Street (Flagship branch)
This ever popular chain of department stores is best known for its food and underwear. Both are of good quality and reasonably priced. A store can be found in any shopping centre.
Tube: Bond Street or Marble Arch
Selfridges 400 Oxford Street
A well liked department store in Oxford Street. Affordable but still having a sense of style. Includes largest cosmetics hall.
Tube: Bond Street or Marble Arch
Fortnum & Mason 181 Piccadilly
Department store famous for it high quality food hall. Also specialises in classic clothing for men and women.
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
John Lewis 278-306 Oxford Street
Concentrates more on items for the home such as haberdashery and electrical items. Competitive prices.
Tube: Oxford Circus
London's best record shop with a vast selection.
Held at weekends, this is a huge, trendy and very popular market where you can buy almost anything, especially clothing, music, antiques, crafts, jewelry, collectibles, ethnic art and rugs. A good place buy the latest club wear. Bargains can be found if you are prepared to shop around and barter with the storeholders.
Tube: Camden or Chalk Farm
Portobello Road Market
The majority of activity takes place every Saturday with an estimated 1500 dealers filling the streets and buildings for several city blocks. The south end of the street is mainly antiques, the middle is vegetables, and the north end bric-a-brac. Prices can be high but if are prepared you just might get a bargain.
Tube: Notting Hill Gate
A series of markets over a large area dealing in antiques, arts, crafts, clothing, books. Take in the market along with your trip to the Observatory, Maritime museum or Cutty Sark.
Docklands Light Railway: Cutty Sark, Island Gardens
Petticoat Lane/Brick Lane
Cheap and cheerful Sunday market in London's East End. Very famous but not the market it once was.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
Friday antiques market comprising a large number of small stalls. It starts as early as 4am so arrive early for the best chance of a bargain. Good selection of silver.
Tube: London Bridge