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In the heart of Knightsbridge, Harrods is a must for visitors to London

Retro fashion and vintage goods can be found at Spitalfields Market

Designer fashion is easy to find in London

Oxford Street, the home of high street fashion

Carnaby Street: popular since the 1960s

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London's best shopping spots

 

There is no doubt that London is a fashion hub, so it's no surprise that there are shops galore here. But it's not just the latest trends you can buy in this great city. Here's our guide to some of London's best shopping:

Be entertained while you shop at Covent Garden. Famous for its unique street artists, prepare to be surprised, amazed and amused. The undercover market sells arts, crafts and souvenirs, while the cafes, pubs and restaurants make it a joy to spend a full day in this central location. It's worth asking if there are any last minute ticket cancellations at the Royal Opera House while you're here - you could end the day in classic style.
Closest tube: Covent Garden

Housed in a Victorian market hall, Old Spitalfields Market is a great place to discover history and shop at the same time. A pleasant combination of independent shops and cluttered market stalls, take your time to discover some true gems in this East London treasure. Sunday's market sees the highest number of market stalls, but it also attracts the crowds so opt for earlier in the week if you can.
Closest tube: Liverpool Street

The term High Street Fashion was made for Oxford Street. Home to Topshop's flagship London store (216 Oxford Street), the world's oldest record store HMV (363 Oxford Street) and famous department store Selfridges (400 Oxford Street), the 1.5 mile long Oxford St is home to over 300 shops. January sales can be manic, but worth a look if you're happy to jostle with thousands of other bargain hunters.
Closest tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road

Connecting Oxford St to Piccadilly St is Bond Street – home to many international designers and focused exclusively on luxury retail.

No trip to London is complete without a visit to Harrods. From the moment the green uniformed doorman welcomes you inside this exclusive department store, shoppers will be mesmerised by the beauty, grandeur and excess that lies inside. There are rules, including a strict dress-code, so be sure to be smart when you visit.
Closest tube: Knightsbridge

The place to be seen in the swinging sixties, Carnaby Street is still popular with London's young and beautiful. In the heart of Soho, boutique fashion sits beside tacky tourist shops, in these narrow winding lanes. Look carefully and you may come across some one-of-a-kind fashion items, but whatever happens stay until after dark - when Soho's stylish bars, exclusive clubs and chic restaurants come to life.

 

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