If you’re looking for classic threads from the days of yore, hop on the bus and get yourself down to East London’s Shoreditch. Shoreditch is one of London’s most culturally and artistically rich areas, well known for its abundance of weird and wonderful vintage outlets. The East End Thrift Store, Absolute Vintage and Blitz, the world’s largest vintage department store, should not be missed.
Kensington High Street has an excellent mix of high street and high-end shops, all conveniently located just a short hop from a number of tube stations. Although you will find many of the shops on this exclusive street elsewhere, there are also a number of luxury boutiques that are unique to the area.
London is a luxury shopper’s paradise with a whole host of designer shops just waiting to be explored. Fortnum & Mason, in Piccadilly, is a department store with a difference, stocking only the most exclusive food, homeware and clothing brands. Bond Street is also renowned for exclusive brands, designer fashion, art and antiques. Famous brands like Burberry, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton all call Bond Street home.
Every dedicated shopper knows that some of the best shopping experiences are to be found off the beaten track. Broadway Market in Hackney, which is open all week, is home to hundreds of food, drink, fresh produce and vintage clothing stores. Greenwich market is also a fantastic spot for a bite to eat.
If you find yourself in London’s East End, Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is an absolute must, with some great menswear brands and some funky and ‘out there’ home accoutrements. And, if all this shopping has made you hungry, head to Brick Lane for an authentic curry or a little look at the nearby vintage shops.
Fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger Peony Lim recommends the “fantastic” boot seller at the top of Portobello Road under the bridge. Adhoc on the King’s Road is a teenager’s paradise and Aer blow dry bar is “fantastic”.
Make-up artist and stylist Isabella Tombinski-Robb says the most interesting shops in London can be found at Boxpark at Shoreditch High Street station. “I like the concept and the fact fresh brands always get a space to showcase their designs,” she says. “My favourite one is Parla, as I’m into extraordinary jewellery designs. Their rings are masterpieces and a must-have statement piece.”