Along with New York and Paris, London offers one of the best shopping activities of any world city. Indeed, foreign visitors are often wowed by the sheer variety of available goods, giving them a truly memorable London shopping experience. Read on to know what’s on offer in the city’s major  shopping areas.

Independent shops and boutiques

Smaller shops and boutiques in London are concentrated on the streets surrounding Covent Garden. An ever growing number of independent fashion shops are also in the rise in London’s very popular Carnaby Street. This area has become a trendy fashion district over the past few years. You can also go outside Central London and visit areas such Richmond and Greenwich to browse smaller boutiques owned and managed by locals.

Souvenir shops

Camden Market is the mother of all London markets. Here you will find the most unique selection of collectibles and gifts at a very low price. If you are the ultimate bargain person, there is no better place that Camden Market. You will find here London memorabilia as well as lots of foods and snacks made by local vendors. Visit the market very early in the morning. For higher-end souvenirs and gifts, head to Knightsbridge.

Brand stores/outlets

Shopping in London will be fun if you are after major British and international brands. The city’s major shopping areas center around Regent Street and Oxford Street. In addition, Knightsbridge is home to shops that stock even higher-end products. If you are looking for specialist goods, we suggest you visit Covent Garden.

Designer shops

London shopping may cost you a fortune. But if you have serious money to shell out, head to London stores found in New Bond Street, which is home to some of the city’s most exclusive and expensive shops. If you are craving for designer goods, head to Sloane Street, an area heavily populated with designer shops.


For very expensive items such as jewelry, head towards New Bond Street. But for the widest choice, we suggest you travel further to Hatton Garden close to Farringdon. This area is highly populated with long established jewelers offering an overwhelming array of jewelry pieces.


While major bookshops like Borders and Waterstone’s are well represented all over the city, you can find other good large and small bookstores around Covent Garden and on the Charing Cross Road. Here you will find rare books you will not find in other bookstores.

Music shops

Central London houses most of the city’s megastores. But if you are after rare cuts, 12” and vinyl, then perhaps Soho is the best place to go to. Here you will find numerous independent and smaller London shopping centers that cover almost all music genres.