Clothes and Shoes, London
What to buy:
If you wish to avoid the massive crowds Kensington can offer a more relaxed shopping atmosphere and a remarkable selection of shops. Easily accessed via it own Underground station turning left from the station offers all of the recognisable high street stores such as Marks and Spencer, Next, River Island and Miss Selfridge. Turning right from the underground will offer more expensive and more exclusive shopping. Kensington High Street offers it all.
Men’s and Women’s fashions are catered for with a variety of tailors, dressmakers and large chain outlets. Straying off the high street will offer more than a few surprises.
Towards the end of our first day in London, on a Sunday, we were walking back from Buckingham Palace toward our hotel when we passed this rather interesting display. Being from the United States and only seeing Fox Hunts in movies we could now say that we had actually seen where one could actually buy some clothing for a fox hunt.
The second picture actually goes down the list of items one must have for the hunt and all except the dog were available at Cordings
Of course you can find by the real Thomas Burberry Factory Outlet everything manufactured there or in every Burberry Factory in the world; in fact, many things there are made either in Portugal, or in Italy, or in Malaysia or somewhere else. Made in England stuff is not so common. Of course you can find wallets, bags, umbreallas and belts as well. Prices should be 50% off in comparison to retail, but real bargain can be made just on 2° choice stuff. It means that things have small defects so cannot be sold to regular Burberry's prices but believe me, they are invisible to human eyes! I'll give you example of 2° choice (but new) stuff: one foulard (regular size 70cmx70cm) costs 30 euros, a pocket umbrella 25 euros. I've seen 1° choice bags up to 70% off, but of course they are still quite expensive (more than 100 euros each).
If the fashion that Oxford Street offers is too tame and samey for your liking and you're looking for something brighter, darker or maybe a little more alternative then hop on the tube to Camden Town and wander the high street and the markets. Infact, even if you like Oxford Street, go to Camden anyway to people watch and window shop.
Camden is where you will find punk, goth, rave, fetish and the like. Camden is where the trendy, alternative young things buy their clothes. It is to London what Harajuku is to Tokyo. If you want to skip around London wearing a tutu with lethal looking boots and sporting lime green hair then Camden is the place where no one will bat an eyelid.
What to buy: One shop worth a look is Cyberdog. It is basically a nightclub masquerading as a shop. Its dark, its loud and nearly all the clothing glows in the dark!
If you want to go shopping in London then your best bet is to hit Oxford Street, whatever it is you're looking for you can probably find it there, clothes shopping in particular is good.
Oxford Street is home to the flagship Topshop store, its enormous! Fashion conscious girls could spend forever in there, guys unfortunately only have one floor catering to them so leave your boyfriend behind!
You also can't go wrong with Miss Selfridge, New Look, Urban Outfitters and H&M. Also if you're looking for clothing thats wallet friendly then look no further than Primark. Cheap as chips!
What to pay: Oxford Street caters to anyones budget!
I was brought here by VTer Ursule on our meetup with lou31 - never been here before nor ashamedly even heard of it! - an elitist visit really and a Things to Do even if not planning to go shopping - but apparently you are supposed to want to go shopping at Abercrombie and Fitch ( a bit like saying youve not heard of Harrods nor want to go shop or visit there! a bit like admitting youre not a particularly educated tourist!)
Anyway - I managed to get a few photos inside of the place with its high class decor and music - a bit like being in a nightclub! - with the trendy looking staff - before being told NO PHOTOS!! so thats a lucky catch!
This is the place to shop for business shirts and for prestigious label casual and sportswear. Anyone in the finance world will want to be known for their fashion sense with clothes bought from here. The stuff I looked at was notably well cut and the fabric felt great - good quality.
Another highlight is getting your photo taken at the door with a delectable Abercrombie and Fitch host!
What to buy: Nicely cut and tailored business and dress shirts, casual gear - with the Abercrombie and Fitch label clearly to be seen!
What to pay: About £50 for a shirt/blouse/nice Tshirt.
The original store of the now worldwide chain. An interesting fact is that Burberry originated the design of what was to be called the 'trench coat' during World War I. The 'Burberry Check' trademarked lining started to be used in trench coats in 1920. They also introduced "Gabardine" fabric in 1880. This store was opened in 1891.
Internationally recognized as the leader in crafting unique men's cufflinks. You might not buy, but it's nice to window shop. (For the record, I did not buy :) )
What to pay: From a few hundred up to a few thousand pounds.
Beyond retro is a retro [vintage clothes] shop with branches in the east end and west end of London and also three branches in Stockholm.
Although I don’t buy or wear vintage clothes it was a great experience.
What to buy: If you are looking for unusual clothes like burlesque or theatrical you will defiantly find something here.
Hawaiian and cowboy shirts, 30's evening gowns, victorian, flapper and 50's prom dresses and t-shirts from the 60's, 70's and 80's
Party clothes such as tu tu’s and circus type clothes are also here in vast numbers.
What to pay: It is quite expensive but if you dig around you can find a bargain.
Londoners love to shop, and our hotel in St. James District was close to all the hot spots. You can make a big shopping loop by walking up Regent Street to Oxford, then over to Bond Street. You'll see a line up like the Vogue advertising pages. My fashionista daughter wanted to shop in Top Shop (Kate Moss hearts Top Shop, apparently), where she spent a good 45 minutes with my credit card. She DOES know how to shop. She picked out a very attractive and flattering top that was heavily discounted and was priced at only 25 pounds. And I told her she could pick out one thing of anything she wanted. Now, THAT is a good daughter.
We were in the shopping district on a Saturday afternoon, and the area is teeming with shoppers. If there is a recession going on, I couldn't see any evidence of it.
There are probably (almost) million shops in London where you can buy your cloths, it is usually here (among few other places as well) where the new fashion is coming from. If you live like me in Finland, you will know that some of the new stuff that you see here now will be in Finland in one or two years.
Oxford Street is Europe's busiest shopping street with over 300 shops. It's a mile and a half of department stores and numerous brand's flagship stores.
Department stores include Selfridges, John Lewis, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser.
Other brands found here include Topshop (they claim this is the largest fashion store in the world and i wouldn't be surprised), H&M, HMV, GAP, Zara, New Look, Urban Outfitters, Borders, UNIQLO, Primark, River Island and Nike.
What to buy: Anything! It's all here.
What to pay: Anything from £1 in Primark to the ridiculously expensive in Selfridges.
On my very first trip to London we were staying for a few days and then moving north to a wedding and then a few days at Mark's house. Mark needed to find a shirt for his suit and we decided to do some shopping on Oxford Street.
I love shopping on Oxford Street, every store imaginable can be found here. I stopped in at one of the local women's shop and picked up a cute blouse.
Mark found his shirt at a men's shop, not sure the man of the store, but there are so many, that you are sure to find what you are looking for at Oxford Street.
What to buy: Men's clothing, shoes, women's clothing, shoes, accessories!
What to pay: About average
The Covent Garden branch is tiny, but they have a wide selection of modern, funky and fashionable sports shoes for men and women. The main brands include Adidas, Puma, Nike, Reef, New Balance, Reebok and Merrell.
The staff is friendly, chatty and extremely helpful.
In 2006, the store won the award for "the Best New Store in the Drapers Footwear Awards", a glittering industry event celebrating the best of footwear retailing across the UK and Irish Republic.
It was praised for its innovative store design and mixture of exclusive from bestselling brands that sit alongside big-name designer sports tie-ups.
This slightly more upmarket than the Hennies (H&M) and it's reflected in the prices. The quality is also better I'm my opinion. There are loads of Top Shops up and down the country however, not only in London, in case you decided not to buy something and regret it afterwards.
What to buy: Anything really: blouses, vests, tops, skirts, trousers, jackets, bags, belts, jewelry and other accessories, underwear... They even do shoes although I've never bought any. Most of my clothes have to be suitable for office use so they need to be rather smartish, but not exactly like a business suit.
What to pay: More than Hennies (but the quality is better)