If Disney is the happiest place on earth then London is definitely the coolest!
My recent shopping guide for Belfast City went down really well so, in light of mine and Dee's impending sojourn across the Irish Sea, I thought I would fill you in on my favourite shopping spots there. I don't claim to be an expert on London at all and I haven't yet done the markets like Camden (Dee and I will be doing these) but, I can fill you in on some of the mainstream spots and those stores that you love here but, can get cheaper there!
Now, everybody knows that Harrods (Knightsbridge) and Selfridges (Oxford Street) are the places to go for a truly luxurious day perusing clothes, shoes and jewels you could never afford. While Selfridges is effectively the Brown Thomas of London though with the world's largest shoe rooms, Harrods is well worth a visit.
Other than those Big Daddy's of shopping, what else does London Town have to offer?
Clothing-wise, Oxford Street is where you want to go for big-name, high-street brands.
|Topshop, Oxford Street|
Topshop in Knightsbridge (across from Harrods) is a lovely shop and totally overlooked. It's a good size and well-stocked and provides a much calmer experience than it's mammoth compadre!
Oxford Street also hosts American Apparel, French Connection, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Zara and Primark to name just a few of the stores in this shopping mecca!
Westfield London Shopping Centre is just a tube ride away and houses an overwhelming array of stores including Ugg Australia, All Saints, Ghost, Gilly Hicks, Guess and Hollister as well as super high-end boutiques like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Miu Miu and Prada.
|Westfield Shopping Centre, London|
Westfield has MAC, Inglot, LUSH, Supedrug and the Body Shop to tickle your fancy as well as a host of nail bars and perfumeries.
Space.NK has stores dotted all around London (though, if you're visiting Harrods, there is one conveniently located in the Knightsbrige Harvey Nics!) and has a tonne of brands but, By Terry, NARS, Jemma Kidd, Laura Mercier, Model Co and Shu Uemura are ones I would consider the most covetable! Oh, and there is also a Spa.NK in Notting Hill and, to placate the man you may be dragging around with you, a Space.NK.Men on Broadwick Street.
As I mentioned before, Essie and OPI are available from Harrods at about £9 a bottle. They also sell value and mini sets which, for the nail freaks, are always a good option!
While beauty is my first love, my close second has to be food. I love, love, love eating! So, while this isn't really a shopping idea, I would urge you to try out Jamie's Italian i.e. a Jamie Oliver restaurant. There are 13 in the UK altogether and, in London you can find them in Westfield Shopping Centre, Covent Garden and Canary Wharf. It's super affordable for high-quality food and you MUST try the Burger Italiano, the Funky Chips (fresh garlic and parsley) and the Posh Chips (truffle oil and parmesean).
I'm sure I'll update this once Dee and I get back and, feel free to share your own London shopping haunts in the comments!