As far as London goes, it’s tough to beat for shopping. And I’m not just talking Oxford Steet – sure, the famous street is lined with basically everything you could want from a shopping experience and any highstreet name you can think of can pretty much be found there. But beyond that, London has a huge amount to offer – including the very close to Oxford Street – Carnaby Street.
It’s parallel to Regent’s Street and a stones throw from Oxford Circus, yet even at it’s busiest it doesn’t feel too crowded. The area actually extends well beyond the actual Carnaby and into the neighbouring streets in the area which are packed with big names (hello MAC pro store…) and the smaller, more specialist retailers – some of which are their only stores in the UK (or even only stores, full stop). So here’s my guide to a few of the gems that can be found around Carnaby…
There’s a wealth of beauty shopping on and around Carnaby Street – with the new Benefit Flagship store (huge), a MAC Pro, Muji (hello storage heaven – also does lovely scented candles) and the Make-Up Store which has every colour under the rainbow.
Of course as far as premium beauty halls go, Liberty really does take some beating. It’s like another world in there – plus you can reward all your Christmas shopping efforts with a little glass of fizz in the Champagne bar downstairs!
Carnaby Street is packed with fashion – with the amazing vintage treasure trove that is Lucy in Disguise (I’m not a good vintage shopper – but this store is organised in a way that makes it easy to shop without feeling like a jumble sale) to Camper (shoes that are perfect if your style is classic or quirky- super comfy looking options for both.. I’ve fallen for two pairs of boots there already) then for something more glam there’s AQ/AQ – which has some gorgeous print dresses which manage to cross structure and print really nicely. Then there’s Monki – which has some amazing bits but also some that make me scratch my head in confusion…!
Other places worth checking out:
The absolutely gorgeous Joy Everley store is tucked away from the main drag but is an amazing little gold (and silver!) mine of jewels and trinkets – with everything from platinum bands with stunning diamonds to insect inspired collections or unique little charms. This place is amazing and so unique! It’s their only store and a family run business (the collections are designed by Joy and her daughter) – highly recommend a visit if you’re looking for a special gift (even the little boxes are adorable)!
Lomography also has it’s only stand alone store in the UK in the Carnaby Street area – the toy-like cameras are ideal for that hipster in your life! Or if you just fancy taking your Instagram snaps back to the old school and doing the filter thing for real!
Eating and drinking:
Carnaby Street and the surrounding area is dotted with places to eat and drink – Cha Cha Moon does some tasty, but cheap and cheerful noodle/chinese style dishes in Kingley Court – which is currently lit up with fairy lights and dotted with cute little robin decorations for Christmas. Then, also in Kingley Court is Whyte and Brown – a far more interesting than the Nandos take on chicked (and eggs) – the whole menu is filled with variations on this staple ingredient. I haven’t had a full meal there but I had a few little nibbles the the chicken balls and the pate were delicious! Definitely going back to check out the other many interesting ways to cook a chicken!!
So there we have a little run down of some of the top places to shop on and around Carnaby Street.
On 14th November Carnaby Street is holding a great pre-Christmas event packed with lots of discounts, gifts with purchase plus music, drinks and nibbles! For more info and to register for your free ticket: Carnaby website
I was invited to a preview evening of the shopping event to check out what would be on offer on the 14th