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Shopping in London

London is known for its great shopping venues, which attract millions of tourists to the city annually. Some of the biggest brands and fashion labels are represented in the city. You can buy anything in London and if what you want is not available here, the likelihood of finding it anywhere else is slim.

If you are planning a trip to the city look for accommodation in the central part of the city, as it will make commuting relatively easy. You will find luxury hotel rooms in Shoreditch, which besides being comfortable also offer easy access to other parts of the city.   If shopping is what you have in mind we present the 4 top shopping locations in London, besides some other great places to shop at when in the city:. Stay at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City hotel and enjoy every moment of your vacation quite ecstatically.

Whiteleys: It has the distinction of being the oldest shopping centre in the city. If you think Whiteleys is passé, you are mistaken with its new gleaming retail districts. It is also well known for its famous landmark Odeon cinema which attracts a large number of film buffs and visitors to London. Then there is The Lounge, which offers great food thanks to the menu being created by Rowley Leigh well known for his Le Café Anglais. You could spend a busy day shopping in the area, followed by a brilliant movie and winding up the evening with a delectable meal. A great way to spend the day!

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Westfield Shepherds Bush and Stratford City: The first outlet opened in Shepherds Bush, with a swanky new mall that was out of Europe’s biggest (at that time). It stirred up concern with small businesses owners in the area who were fearful of losing their businesses with the mall coming up. Although it opened at a time when there was an economic recession it managed to attract brisk business with record number of shoppers visiting it. Its second, bigger outlet was opened in 2001 in Stratford, which was well timed with the development in the area and in sync for the 2012 Olympics. At both the centres you will find food chains, a designer village and high street shops.

St. Martin’s Courtyard: You will find St. Martin’s Courtyard snugly placed in a courtyard between Covent Garden and Leicester Square. Here you will find a large number of new up-market shops, with big names like Jaeger, Massimo Dutti and The White Company among many others. The place also boasts of fine new eateries like Bombay café Dishoom and Thai eatery Suda.

Seven Dials: Although the area has been around since the 18th century, it was not known for shopping being instead known as an area of urban poverty right up to the mid nineteenth century. It began to be developed later and only recently has it been transformed and rebranded as “Seven Dials” a name derived from the seven streets that make up the area. Now the area has undergone a facelift of sorts with several new hotels, restaurants and shops with Hawksmoor Seven Dials, being prominent.

Redchurch Street: Redchurch Street is the focal point for fashion and pretentious coffee shops and cafes in Shoreditch. There a number of independent boutiques and even second-hand including vintage shops, however shopping here can be expensive. For men’s fashion visit Hostem and for women’s designer ware 11 Boundary is the place to visit. Shopping here is considered to be cool by Londoners.

Oxford Street: Without a doubt one of the most famous and expensive shopping destinations in the world. The only hassle being it is always crowded and getting around is not easy amidst the throngs of shoppers.   It is known as a high street heaven, with a larger number of high end stores to be found close to Marble Arch. Here you will also find Selfridges, John Lewis, House of Fraser and the less fancy Debenhams. The downside is there are very limited options in terms of drinking and eating in the area.

Marylebone High Street: If you want a rustic experience quite like none other, especially in the week or two before Christmas, then this is the place to visit. It is beautifully lit up and provides a festive alternative to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Of course shopping on Marylebone High Street is also expensive with outlets like Gerard Darel and Diptyque. If you have deep pockets and are in the mood to splurge then it is worth a visit. There are some cool places to dine at prominent among which are Orrery, Providores and The Natural Kitchen deli known for its delectable products.

Sloane Street: If you want posh then Sloane Street that stretches from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square is the place to indulge yourself. From Prada to Chanel all the big couture houses have outlets in the area. Similarly Knightsbridge has some of the most exclusive places to shop at with Harvey Nicks and Harrods being prominent. If you plan to shop here better be mega-loaded!

Notting Hill: At Notting Hill you will find an assortment of everything, ranging designer outlets on Ledbury Road to smaller less well known stores. You will find throngs of tourists and visitors on Saturdays who flock to Portobello Road renowned for its antiques market. You will find a blend of yuppies, supermodel types, and tourists from all corners of the world milling about in the area. From designer wear to vintage clothing or antiques you will find a wide variety of goods here.

Canary Wharf Shopping Centre: With Canary Wharf being home to numerous offices and businesses, its Wharf Shopping Centre became a necessity. It is like a maze to navigate for those new to the area and you will find supermarkets like Waitrose and Tesco along with outlets of Bang & Olufsen, Boots, Clinton Cards and others in the area.

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