First things first, Tower Bridge clearly isn’t my favourite place to shop – but it is about as iconic London as you can get…so seemed fitting. But when it comes to shopping, I am pretty lucky to be living in one of the best shopping cities in the world. London definitely doesn’t have a shortage of retail outlets, but with a city like London there’s also the opportunity to venture away from the more ‘typical’ places such as Oxford Street or the two Westfield shopping centres (FYI – Westfield Shepherds Bush is a much nicer experience in my opinion that Westfield Stratford). So I wanted to do a little whistlestop rundown of some of my favourite places to shop in London and why – then read on and find out how you can win £100 Marriott Hotel Vouchers below.
Ok, so it is a massive tourist trap, not denying that – but I’ve always loved Covent Garden for a touch of shopping. Or even just for people watching. The trick is to take a left out of the tube station and head down the road next to Marks & Spencer. Instead of turning right and heading into the square. Sure, the square now houses places such as the Burberry Beauty Box alongside Chanel & Dior. Plus there’s the huge Apple store and the market – but the real gems are to be found in and around Seven Dials.
I am bias on this one as it is my local ‘hood – not that I am cool enough to use the word ‘hood. But still… but I love a wander around Angel. The main selling point for me in the Angel/Upper Street area is probably the huge amount of places to eat (including a fairly new branch of Five Guys that I’m desperate to pay a visit to), but in between there’s also a fab selection of shops. The best thing is that whilst there are some typical chain stores (H&M, Monsoon, Oasis, Fat Face, Gap etc) there’s also a big selection of unique stores or much smaller chains with more unique stuff (think Oliver Bonas). Basically you can either stick to the Angel tube end of things, mostly around Chapel market and the N1 Centre – or you can take a wander along Upper Street. I would suggest the latter as there’s loads to discover – from amazing jewellery stores to quirky shoe places and boutiques – plus there’s a Whistles and a few other more ‘mainstream’ options too.
St Christopher’s Place
This isn’t the biggest of shopping destinations, but at just a stones throw (literally) from Oxford Street (you take a turn down the tiny alley next the the H&M close to Bond St Station) but St Christopher’s Place is a gorgeous little area with pretty streets, lots of lunch options for a break from the retail therapy. Plus there are a few of my favourite shopping gems – the Mulberry store there is always much quieter than the concession in Selfridges or the flagship on Bond Street. There’s a good sized Whistles that’s also very quiet but has a big range of stock to browse – then there’s the old fashioned sweet store that I just love. I’ve actually written an article for the soon to launch Groupon blog that I shall link to when it goes live that has some more detail about this area and the fab stores you can find here.
WIN: £100 Marriott Voucher
So there we have a little run down of three of my favourite areas to shop in London – just share yours (either the ones you already love or would love to visit in future) for the chance to win a £100 Marriott Hotel voucher.
All you need to do is use the widget below to enter – by leaving a comment with your favourite place to shop in London in the comments (or the place you most want to shop if you have never been to London)!