I feel in love Neal's Yard when I discovered this hidden gem by 'accident' on my recent London trip (November 2013). It's know as the 'hidden gem of Seven Dials'. Neale's Yard is an a public square enclosed by buildings on Monmouth Street, Short's Gardens and Neal Street (three of Seven Dials Streets).
The square has independent boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars which I wouldn't mind trying on future visits.
I love to spend more time here whether it's to have lunch, do some shopping or have a general wander, Neal'sYard is part of the Seven Dials, Covent Garden's only shopping village.
The names Bond, Bond Street. It's exactly the kind of place you'd expect to see the Martini drinking spy dropping into Graff for something special for his latest Bond girl. There's a vast array of high profile shops here: Armani, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dolce & Gabanna, Polo Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bulgari, Dior, Jimmy Choo and Calvin Klein. And the street is lined with plenty of would be Bond Cars, from Lamborghinis to the latest electric Tesla Roadster.
The shops have to be expensive, because Bond Street is Europe's most expensive retail location, and one of the most expensive streets in the world.
A stunning new shopping mall has recently sprung up next to St. Paul's Cathedral. The sculpted glass walls contain some of London's most exclusive shops, but to top it all is an awe inspiring roof terrace that should be visited even if you have no interest in shopping. Take the glass elevator to the six floor and enjoy a view of London, of St. Paul's Cathedral, of the Shard and the Gherkin.
These are really handy websites if you're thinking of going shopping in London - especially for something in particular and if you want to know where a branch of a shop is located.
This one shows the exact location of all of the shops on all of the major shopping areas in London including markets!
I've been a fan of this site for years, it's always up to date so no wasted trips when looking for something in particular.
Just click on the street you'd like to view, choose a side of the street (north,south etc) and start scrolling left or right.
This is my other favourite shopping website for clothes, shoes etc. Whatever it is you're looking for enter it in the search and it will tell you where it is available and at what price!
I had been looking for a remote-control holder for years. I tend to lose my 3 remote-controls in my bed, only to find the flying out of bed in all directions when I get up. But I couldn´t find anything. Then last Christmas (2012) my nephew got one as a present. I read on the box where they are made - in Oxo Tower! I had been in London for almost 2 months and just went back home for Christmas - so when I was back in London off I went to Oxo Tower to look for the shop j-me original design.
I bought a purple one, but they come in purple, white, black and red. This product has been their top seller ever since it was introduced in 2009.
What to buy: J-me original design is run by two brothers, Mark and Jamie Antoniades, who create original ideas and turn them into products that solve everyday problems, f.ex. the remote-control holder. It is so brilliant and yet so simple.
It takes them up to a year or longer until they deam the product to be ready for the market.
What to pay: The remote-control holder was GBP 12,50 so the prices are fair.
I had a little look around the arcade before seeing Phantom (February 2013) at Her Majesty's Theatre next door. It's a cute arcade with independent shops and a sandwich shop.
The Royal Opera Arcade is the oldest shopping arcade in the world and completed in 1818. It was designed by John Nash, a famous regency architect, who designed other well known buildings such as Buckingham Palace and The Brighton Pavillion. It was originally on where Her Majesty's theatre is now and now is situated where the the former Burlington Arcade was (completed in 1819).
What to buy: Telephone/Fax: | E-Mail:
What to pay: Mainly expensive independent shops.
I was very disappointed when i strolled through Shepherds Bush market as nearly all the stalls/shops had been taken over by Middle Eastern and Indian Traders and i did not see much of interest. This had changed almost beyond recognition since my last visit in the 80's.
The stalls are set up under the railway line and the shops are mainly in the railway arches that support the railway line.
Give it miss!!! it's just a below par market catering for certain groups.
Should you wish to enjoy some treats from home (if you are a Filipino) try the Divisoria Supermarket that has a good stock of imported products. Divisoria is named after the huge market area in Manila of the same name.
Not unlike Paris, January is the month to go shopping in London. They may even excel Paris. While gay Paree is famous primarily for sales by the local couturiers, everything seems to be on sale in London. From backstreet boutiques to Harrods, stock clears at big discounts throughout the month. Large department stores start as early as Boxing Day; shoppers sleep off the turkey outside the doors in order to be first to grab the best bargains. Winter is also a great time to explore the city’s historic covered shopping arcades, such as Leadenhall Market or Burlington Arcade, which offer an inviting break from the rush of retail and dashing about in often bone-chilling weather plus glimpses back to the London of old.
Fortnum & Mason is one of the oldest and most famous luxurious store on Piccadilly. It was opened in 1707. It´s interiors are exquisite, with beautiful decor - reminding one of Harrods, though on a much smaller scale, with beautiful chandeliers and statues.
Fortnum & Mason is the purveyor of food and wine to the Royal Family and is said to be the Royal Family´s favourite food-hall. The food-hall is on the ground floor, with a wine-cellar down-below. On the upper floors are homeware, furniture and perfumes.
Fortnum & Mason sell their own brand of tea and coffee.
Fortnum & Mason sell beautiful hampers f.ex. for the Ascot Races.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday from 10:00-21:00. Sunday 12:00-18:00.
The window displays are one of the most beautiful I have seen - a pure delight.
What to buy: It is well worth a visit if only to see the store :)
What to pay: More than in an "ordinary" store.
This beautiful Tudor building housing an eclectic stock of designs since 1875 has been known as the essence of sophistication to people like me who were born and raised in the north of England where no such thing existed.
Monday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm
What to buy: I love to see the arts and crafts, fabrics, furnishings, clothes and the delectable array of perfume and make up in the elegant surroundings.
I have listed this as a Department store although it does not have a food department.
What it does have are ideas for gifts incorporating the delightful Liberty Prints.
Knightsbridge is one of the main shopping areas in London with such stores as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Jimmi Choo, Jo Malone, Christian Laboutin, Tod's, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, George Armani, Gucchi and countless others. It may not be the cheapest area in London to shop but you should find something you want.
Hamleys is the number one toy shop in UK and can be found in Regent Street and stocks every toy imaginable as you wander from floor to floor which will bring back memories of your childhood. At Xmas time there is usually a wonderful display in the window as well as Santa Claus in store. The toy shop will also arrange parties and special events. You can easily spend an hour or so here. It is normally open from 10am to 8pm on weekdays, plus extra hours on Saturday and 12-18 on Sundays
Love love love this store with the cool prints it utilizes in all types of products, note pads, pillows, clothes, etc etc. I got the coolest watch with the liberty print strap. I will now visit it everytime I am in london!
What to pay: all ranges
This is another event that takes place annually. These sales always help the finances of the Swedish Church and it does bring many people to the Church.
There is a relaxed atmosphere at this event; a real mix of shopping and catching up with old friends.
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