Carnaby Street, London
We stumbled into Carnaby Street while walking some of London's famous streets. This street was once famous in Swinging London's 1960's but now it is just one more shopping street. I suppose it may still be interesting to the young & glamerous amongst us, but for me it was just a short cut to London's other famous shopping street, Oxford Street with the usual High Street Outlets who's names are repeated in every city & town in Britain.
What to buy: Fashionable & clubbing clothes
What to pay: Whatever you can afford = but not cheap
Not a shop, but a whole street of clothes shops for both genders.
Once upon a time, Carnaby Street used to be really fashionable (during the 1960's). It then seemed to hit a slump and went very down market.
These days it seems to be picking up again, but it primarily seems to be targetting tourists. It has plenty of Quiksilver, Ben Sherman and FCUK clothes in the many boutiques that line the street. The street has never quite regained its original iconographic status though...
What to buy: Clothes
What to pay: Doesn't tend to be cheap...
Carnaby was the hot spot of the 60s to go shopping in London. It's still very good today - although some of the shops are on the expensive side. Even if you're not intending to buy it's a great place for window shopping, even saw one of the shop girls dressed up in full 60s fashion (Black 'bob' wig, short lime green dress, coloured stockings and platforms!) There are also quite a few good pubs and restaurants here - so check it out!
Carnaby Street is full of interesting shops and is part of what made this country "Cool Britannia"!
You can find anything from Doc Martens boots to individually made tops, etc.
There are nice pubs and places to eat and drink for when your little feet get tired, too.
What to buy: A reminder of your time in London.
What to pay: Prices are London prices, so not really on the cheap side of things.
Carnaby Street was synonimous with the swinging 60's, mod suits and floral fashions were all the rage. Nowadays it is home to international designer stores and fashionable street ware, it has over 140 shops bars and restaurants to visit.
Yes, I know I am a late starter, this was the first time I knowingly stood at the top of the famous Carnaby Street.
You'll find all kinds of fashionable boutiques here, and it's very well known as a shopping street.
The boutiques sell a wide selection of clothes and household articles, though, as it was late night (about 0200 hours) I did not bother to look around!
What to buy: Clothes, bric-a-brac.
What to pay: Depends..
During the 1960s Carnaby Street was at the centre of Swinging London - Mini skirts popularized by Mary Quant were the thing. Since then it has caters more to tourists than the fashionable but it is enjoying a revival.
Some of the shops are Animal, American Apparel, Bailey, and Ben Sherman.
Carnaby Street and its surroundings is a true heaven for people looking for shoes. There are a number of shops in walking distance. One of the more stylish ones is Camper shop at Foubert's Place, half a block from Carnaby Street.
For the uninitiated, Camper is a Spanish shoe brand that produces distinctly different looking shoes. This is not a bad thing. The shoes do blend in well with your clothes, but you can immediately recognise a Camper shoe from the curvy or puffy design. They are also good for walking, not just for displaying.
Silver jewellery like you've never seen before chosen by the cognoscenti because it's different, it's solid and it's hand-made with care and attention to detail (on premises for 26 years!).
The Great Frog are innovators, leaders in design. Alluringly smooth eye-catching gemstones, uniquely designed (or design your own).
From heavy Celtic bands, prosthetic surgical human eye rings and giger-esque armour rings to a delicate moonstone morsel for the little lady, or a gorgeous blood-red garnet.
What to buy: Rings, rings, rings
What to pay: Don' ask. From little to very much !
I have to say that many people I know from mainland Europe and the US, speak about Carnaby Street, though a haze of smoke and wistful memory. In the 1960s it did seem to have a name for being the way ahead in the world of fashion.
These days, the area does have many good shops - some traditional clothing and others more modern and parts of international chains.
There are a number of bars and restaurants, all of which add to the atmosphere.
Carnaby Street is an area well known for its boutiques and independent shops. It also has some high street shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. I especially love the chocolate emporium, Chocywokydoda, which is on Fouberts Place off Carnaby Street (You can read my tip here). Carnaby Street stands out for its coloured building and there is a lovely mosiac mural in the heart of the streets.
What to buy: Designer items.
What to pay: It varies depending on purchases.
People still flock to this street off Regent Street, mainly because of its 'fame' in the 60's. But to be honest where there was once lots of one-off boutiques, its nowadays just the usual chains you see in any High Street!
For us older "Hippies" Carnaby street brings back memories of Mary Quant and Laura Ashley.
Nowadays Carnaby Street still has many fashion shops, but not those from the Swinging London area (those semm to have move Eastwards).
What to buy: Clothes.
Carnaby street was known throughout the world as a hip and cool place to shop, In the 1960's boutiques, cafe's, clubs and restaurants were the the place where mod's and rockers would hang out. There are still shops all along the street but they are only general high street shops.
Lots of unique shops and global brands on this pedestrianised street.
A very trendy place to see and be seen.