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SHOPAHOLICS WILL BE SHOPPING TILL THEY DROP

If you are a shopaholic and find yourself in the great city of London, consider yourself as having reached paradise. In a perfect blend of East meets West there is little in this city that will not delight you and your credit card. For those who are visiting London for short durations of time this is your quick guide to every must catch shopping district you have to hit at some point during your stay. If you are really crunched for time, with a little careful planning our entire shopping spree circuit, mentioned here below, can even be completed in the span of 2 days.

For beginners to this world, the most important factor is getting to where you need to shop. London is a city with a variety of ways to commute, both via private vehicles or via public transport. It is important to cut the frills on things like this, so that you have more to shop! The best way to do this is to use public transport with an Oyster card in hand. You can purchase one for thirty pounds and it lasts 7 days. The Oyster Card is applicable on both Zone 1 and Zone 2 and can be used to travel on all the buses and tubes in the city along these routes. If shopping is your agenda, you really don’t need any more than this as you can get to all major shopping centres with just this card in hand. Of the 30 pounds you invest into it, you can get 10 pounds back when you book your ticket back to Heathrow (additional perk!).

Oxford Street

The best place to start your shopping spree is in Knightsbridge at none other than the world reknowned Harrods. With shopping and retail history going down to its very foundations, this is one store that will leave you spell bound. Everything you could possibly imagine to need is all available under one roof – from clothes to accessories, to groceries, to homeware, to confectionary, to even pets! Making it an all round shoppers paradise, you can even grab a bite to eat on the store premises at one of the restaurants (though they are a bit on the expensive side of things) or if you are in a rush, the deli in the basement serves some lip smacking goodies that are great to satiate a hungry shopaholc’ s growling tummy.

Brompton Road is your next stop on the list. It has all the dream labels that one could want to shop from and always offers its customers a wide range of options and the latest from the fashion world. This street is primarily known only for its clothes shopping and you can quite literally shop till you drop by making your way in and out of all these great stores such as Hobbs, Benetton, French Connection, Monsoon, Zara, Russell and Bromley, Coast, Warehouse, Gap.  Jimmy Choo, Gucci and Ted Baker are just of a few of the more high end names that you can shop from in theis part of town. If you happen to find yourself staying at The Marble Arch by Montcalm London this place is easy to get to and the staff will be very helpful in pointing you in the right direction.

Shopping around the Marble Arch is also great as you can browse through Marks and Spencers, Dorothy Perkins and Next, as well as Selfridges – which has great stationary. Oxford Circus also has a wide range to offer shoppers, from Debenhams, H&M, Mary Portas, Top Shop and House of Frasser. Keep in mind though, that if you find yourself shopping on Oxford Street, the stores are only open from 09:00 a.m. to 08:00 p.m.

Having worked up a ravenous appetite, the best way to deal satisfy your hunger is by enjoying a traditional English High Tea. Many of the 5 star hotels in the area lay out exquisite high tea tables with delectables that will leave your mouth watering with just the memory of them – like scones and clotted cream, club sandwiches, pateries, and cake trays along with refreshing cups of tea – all served to you in keeping with the style of true English hospitality.

If you think you are done with the city of London, you are far from the truth. Your next shopping haunt is Sloan Square and Kings Road. Shop for great home décor stuff and really funky and fashionable accessories at stores like Coran, Anthropologie and Jigsaw among many others.

Regent Street also gives you plenty to browse through and allows you the luxury of taking your time at the stores, such as Burberrry, Esprit, Calvin Klein, Levis, Zara, Mango and Liberty. If you have kids and want to get them something special, hamleys will have just the thing for you.

Enjoy your London shopping spree!

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