It is often thought that going clothes shopping in London could be expensive, more so than shopping in a small town but that’s not actually true if you know where best to shop and the areas to head into.
Of course, if you head to German Street and Bond Street you’ll find the high-end boutiques and stores, the ones where price tags aren’t on the clothing or if you have to look at them you’ll probably not be able to afford it anyway.
However, as with all towns, there are the lower to mid end stores which offer high street fashion which we can all afford.
If you are wanting to hit lots of high street stores at the same time then you’ll want to head to:
Westfield – Strafford and Shepherds Bush (there are 2 so don’t get confused.
Easy to access by public transport with everything you’ll need all in one central location, with a cinema, children’s entertainment such as Kidzania (Shepherds Bush) – parents can make the most of this safe child-friendly location by dropping their children off (over 8’s can be left here unsupervised – they are in a secure area where there is no way they can get out, all children wear wristbands so staff can locate them at all times and the sessions run for 4 hours. While I personally wouldn’t leave Emmy here alone I would be happy for her to go in with her teenage cousins and for them to supervise her.) Kidzania is for children aged 4-14 years.
Here you’ll not only find all your favourite high street stores but also somewhere where you can sit and eat in one of the numerous eateries or bars.
Located right next to London Victoria Station, with a great collection of popular high-street shops like Boots, New Look, Next and Dorothy Perkins and more unusual names like Pylones and HEMA, the eclectic mix of stores cater for your every want and need. Restaurants like Prezzo, Café Rouge and Frankie & Benny’s offer a great venue for getting together with friends, while cafés such as Costa, Caffѐ Nero, Pret A Manger and Leon provide your early morning caffeine fix and quick, healthy lunchtime options.
The Brunswick Centre is a grade II listed residential and shopping centre in Bloomsbury, Camden, located between Brunswick Square and Russell Square.
Here you’ll find a cinema as well as many stores and places to eat & drink, with really easy access and many stations nearby this is so easy to get to.
As London is SO big, why not make a day/night of it by booking a hotel for the night, somewhere to dump all those shopping bags or just have a rest before heading out again. Somewhere like Park Grand London Kensington is a nice location as it’s easy to get to all the best stores and is near to Earls Court station, Gloucester Road and West Brompton, also within walking distance are High Street Kensington, South, West and Kensington Olympia stations meaning you are able to access the whole of London easily vis tube/train.
If you are looking for something a little different from the norm then Carnaby Street is a great place to start, you can find anything from funky, hippy and even the odd Mod Shop thrown into the mix for the eccentric out there.
And for those not wanting to hit central London for that big shopping trip, especially those not wanting to use public transport or drive through London then there is also Lakeside, Brent Cross and Bluewater to check out. These are located in greater London as opposed to central London and are easy to get both by public transport or by car, all have huge car parks so if you do go over-board on revamping your summer wardrobe you’ll not have to worry about carrying everything home again as you can throw it all into the car and head home.
Where do you like to shop if you are planning to hit a few stores at a time?