There’s a lot of things to love about London: the atmosphere, Buckingham Palace, the people–the list goes on and on. But one of my favorite things about London is the shopping.
London fashion is exciting. It’s spontaneous. It’s organic. It’s cutting-edge. It’s totally worth sacrificing a meal (or three) to indulge in, and I have! From Central London to the East End, a good chunk of our Go! Girl Guides London guidebook entails where you can score awesome finds.
This recent article by Heathrow Express about London Fashion has made me nostalgic for mod fashion and now all I want to do is cut my hair into a bob and rock some vintage sunglasses. How can you deny these glasses?Photo taken from Heathrow Express: Catch and Release Sunglasses
Planning on visiting London soon? Here’s a quick run-down of some of the best shopping spots the city has to offer:
Put your walking shoes on and bring all of your backup credit cards: Oxford Street is known for its shopping. With over 300 stores, designer outlets and mainstream shopping malls, Oxford Street is an essential stop on any London shopping trip. Hating the crowds? Dip into Berwick Street for some gems, without all the people.
This part of London is a must-see, if only for the handmade custom jewelry you can find near Neal Street. Floral Street and Neal’s Yard are all nearby, making up a pretty essential part of London’s shopping district.
East End Thrift Store
Looking for rare vintage pieces that no one else will be rocking? Be sure to check out East End Thrift Store, an old warehouse that’s now home to hundreds of vintage pieces that won’t break the bank. Hellooooo sexy black leather skirt for 10 pounds! Yes please!
Unit 1A Watermans Building, (Assembly Passage), E1 4UT
Brick Lane Market
If you’re like me and you love a good flea market, you can’t miss Brick Lane Market, held every Sunday. There’s no shortage of good finds to pick through, especially if you get there early. Expect to find some rockin’ accessories, vintage fur coats, vintage suits, shoes and much, much more.
Brick Lane (plus Dray Walk), E1. UpMarket & Backyard market: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL (7770 6028/www.sundayupmarket.co.uk). Aldgate East tube or Liverpool St tube/rail. 10am-5pm Sun.
You could spend months shopping in London (wouldn’t that be nice!) and still not get to every store. If this article’s got you inspired to take a trip, be sure to check out Heathrow Express for easy options of getting into the city from the airport, and Go! Girl Guides’ latest London guidebook for getting around!
Have you been to London?