From quirky and eclectic vintage shops to high-end luxury boutiques, London’s cobbled streets are lined with some of the world’s top fashions. Known as one of the fashion capitals of the world, London is a haven for fashionistas looking to shop up a storm. Next time you’re in London, strap on your Manolo Blahnicks and check out the ultimate shopping districts the city has to offer.
Renowned the world over for its premium tailoring, Saville Row is the place to buy a suit. Bespoke tailors on the pretty, Georgian street have been dressing royalty and celebrities for hundreds of years. Saville Row boasts some of the world’s best tailors. Of note is Gieves & Hawkes, whose tailoring business holds three royal warrants and has dressed celebrities including Charlie Chaplin and Sean Connery and royalty including the Duke of Cambridge. If you want to wear something quintessentially British, as well as being completely unique then booking an appointment with a Saville Row tailor is a must.
Home of luxury department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge is one of London’s most exclusive districts. If you’re looking for a luxury shopping experience then Harrods is certainly top of the list. Its opulent gold escalators and Egyptian inspired interiors are the perfect accompaniment to the designer fashions and high-end home products on display. For a decadent treat, Harrod’s food hall is beyond comparison, hosting a variety of delectable delights, from sushi and cavier to premium streak and delicious food baskets. Further along the exclusive street is Harvey Nichols whose white and silver interior holds an assortment of unique and bespoke products. Although Harvey Nichols has luxury outlets in Dubai and Hong Kong, its flagship store in Knightsbridge is still the pinnacle of exclusive shopping.
Shopping in London is always associated with the famous Oxford Street. Despite being Europe’s busiest shopping street with over 300 shops, it also features some of the city’s most exclusive boutiques. While the main stretch includes well-known high street brands, the side streets are a haven for those looking for high-end fashion and premium products. The exclusive side roads of Bond Street, Park Lane and Regent Street intersect Oxford Road a various points and contain a selection of the world’s top designers as well as some of the city’s top hotels, including The Dorchester. Park Lane also features showrooms from some of the world’s most expensive car brands if your shopping interests are of the vehicular variety.
Known as one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in the world, Bond Street is the ultimate in luxury shopping in London. Founded in the 18th Century, Bond Street features designer boutiques including premium leather goods boutique Smythson as well as Armani, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Alongside its designer boutiques, Bond Street also hosts the largest concentration of high-end jewelers in the world, including Tiffany & Co. The Royal Arcade, on what is known as Old Bond Street, features many independent and bespoke retailers selling luxury goods including Rolex watches.
Bordering the suburbs of Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush is the sizeable Westfield shopping centre, one of Europe’s biggest shopping centres. As well as housing an endless variety of high street stores, Westfield London also features The Village, an exclusive, luxury arena which includes designer boutiques and high-end shops such as Gucci, Christian Dior, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton. The Village isn’t just about shopping however, offering a wide variety of services, including chauffeur driven cars and personal stylists to help you shop.
The centre of the theatre district also boasts one of the most eclectic shopping areas of London. Designer boutiques, such as Burberry, Betsey Johnson and Chanel sit alongside luxury spas including The Sanctuary. Covent Garden is famous for its markets and is often associated with flower seller Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. Known for its entertainment and culture, Covent Garden also features a number of restaurants and bars and is the ideal place to unwind after a busy day shopping.
With a similar profile to Bond Street, Sloane Street features flagship stores for the world’s most famous designer brands. Located near Knightsbridge, shoppers can choose from boutiques including Escada, Missoni, Dior and Jimmy Choo. Sloane Street became famous for the term “Sloane Rangers” named for the upper class women shopping its streets, including the late Princess Diana.
London is a vibrant and bustling city with a variety of luxury boutiques and retailers featuring some of the world’s most exclusive products. Wherever you find yourself in the city, you’re sure to be only a few metres from a premium shopping destination.
London lover Sarah Murray works for Appliances Online. When she’s not strolling the streets looking for luxury fashion she enjoys lusting over fashion magazines and window shopping online.