Sports and games, London
Southampton street has become a cluster for shops selling adventure / climbing / sporting equipment.
I think it began with the YHA adventure shop, but now North Face, Mountain Warehouse and other such shops have taken premises nearby. There are also a number of nearby travel companies that specialise in making arrangments for the backpacker / adventure type of tourist.
If you need anything pertaining to sports n sports gear just go to this store called lilly whites at picaddily circus.It was on sale when i went there in november, i don't know how often they have sales but it definitely had stuff that i could buy which was pretty affordable.
What to pay: about average, but you can get good bargains
We love camping!
We do not get to do it much due to home and work commitments, but now that we have a car, we will be doing some more camping in the summer.
This shop caters for all your camping and outdoor needs.
There are quite a few branches scattered in London, Kingston is one of the nicest (along with the Richmond branch in our opinion).
Service is helpful and good.
What to buy: They sell outdoor clothing for the whole family, as well as sporting equipment.
Their camping range is extremely good... we bought out 5-man tent there 3 years ago and it is superb quality.
And then of course they sell any kind of outdoor accessory you might need too.. from torches to thermal mugs to waterproof blankets.
I love to wander in this shop. It has so mnay interesting things, and we have to forcibly hold ourselves back sometimes! :)
These branches are found in nearly every High Street in England.
Soccer Scene in Oxford Street is the place to buy your England shirts or anything connected to football for that matter! There is a branch at 56/57 Carnaby St and the one in the photo is 136 Oxford St. I found the staff to be very helpful and knowledgeable in this store.
What to buy: Football shirts are of course particularly popular but they also do very nice little football pins for about £5.
What to pay: Any official, authentic football gear/equipment will be expensive eg £45 and up for shirts. Of course this store will only have genuine stock.
This store is well established, being in business from 1863! It is well known, and has everybody shopping there, from tourists, to locals, to celebrities.
It is located in a beautiful and well-trod area of London, on the corner of Lower Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus corner.
The facade is stunning from an architectural point of view, something I have walked past many many times in the last 4 years.
So last month I decided I would... POP IN! :)
Oh my, what a disappointment! I was dismayed.
None of the architectural splendour that is on the outside is on the inside, it is crammed FULL of merchandise, and there are just far too many people inside.
The upper floors were alot better then the claustrophobic ground floor, but it still isnt anything special decor-wise. Even the carpet on the stairs is old and a little tatty.
Service was withOUT a smile, she didnt even look me in the face. You can see she's just a student wanting some extra cash, who gives no thought to customer care.
I will go again as I bought my husband a lovely NIKE top, and some lovely ankleless socks for myself, and they are super... but it definately wont be a trip I am eagerly awaiting!
What to buy: You can purchase anything sporty here. From sporty tops, to caps, to trainers, to golf clubs, to cricket bats and tennis racquets.
You can even buy tents here (we got ours at Millets though, which is a speciality camping shop in London), so cannot comment on the quality of their camping gear.
What to pay: Prices are very good, some might think even cheap. Some things are superb quailty, some are not. I was happy with my purchases!
This is the main sports shop in London and has been open since 1863. There are the chain stores such as JJB but this place always seems to have the items you are after. I recently picked up a tiny Spurs strip for a mates daughter.
Heaven for children and those of us in touch with our inner child! A toy department store of four floors and a basement. This means that there is absolutely everything from cuddly toys to war games, all organised by floors. The salespersons are also in touch with customers in a nice way and often demonstrate new toys in a funny way which is a sight in itself. Hold on to your child and your credit card...Having said that, our daughter came out with just one little thing. She was too overwhelmed by the experience itself! :)))
What to buy: Games, cuddly toys...just about anything really.
What to pay: £1 to £10000
One word... WOAH. They have AMAZING selections for almost every sports imagination (for a brit anyways :P). Some of their equipments are cheap too if you compare their price to their quality. I bought a tennis racket from them that my friend thought I spent at least $200 CAD on (I only spent 37 pounds >). Just make sure you get the "rightly priced" equipments though, cause some equipment's price shoot thru the roof due to demand.
Well, its the worlds greatest sports store, isn't it? :-) 6 floors of sporting equipment and clothing, featuring almost every sport under the sun (and on the snow). What more could a person ask for?!
What to buy: I play badminton, and to be perfectly honest, their selection of badminton racquets is not what it used to be. I also enjoy golf, and here they excel themselves!
What to pay: Oh dear... There's generally a sale on, but no one ever said sports were cheap, did they?
One of my favourite stores to visit every time i happen to be in London. It has the whole range of sportswear- from team merchandise to casual stuff.
Some of the regular stuff can be a tad expensive sometimes, but often there are big discounts too...
Nike Town is a massive sports shop set on several floors with a sound system some night clubs would be proud of. From the moment you walk through the door you are entering a whole new shopping experience.
What to buy: Anything Nike, the store is set out into different departments depending what sports you are looking for, from running to basketball, golf to football.
What to pay: About average sportswear prices, which I would say would be overpriced.
Lillywhits is one of the old and best shops for sports gear.
Shop is located right bang in the middle of Piccadilly Circus.
I go there to get my cricket gear from there as they have quality stuff and lower prices. You could also get some nice trainer from there.
What to pay: Cash or Credit card
Huge sports store at Piccadilly Circus, you won't miss it once you get there. Besides football and rugby, it caters for all sorts of outdoor sports and fitness activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tennis, orienteering etc. I find Lillywhites more expensive than other stores, but it has a wider range of goods. Looking at ski jackets and dreaming of being rich.
Pic only shows part of the stores on the left.
What to buy: Anything you need for sports, leisures and adventures.
Everybody knows that fooball plays a big role in the daily life in England.
Of course, there are some great teams in England, and these teams have supporters all over the world.
I think that is the reason why they are selling football scarves in the tourist shops.
All great teams were there like, Manchester, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, . . .
Sorry, Steve, no Sunderland scarves overhere . . . .
What to pay: 5 pound
Inside the shop you will find the Pollock's Toy Museum with old and traditional toys from all over the world.
The shop's owners are very nice persons.
What to buy: The best thing you can buy is an old theatre.
Here you'll find any kind af theatres.