An insider’s guide to shopping in London

21st November 2016

Regent's Street, London

Guest Blogger

Award-winning fashion and lifestyle blogger Carrie Santana da Silva has been documenting her adventures in London on her blog WishWishWish for nearly 9 years. She loves the city almost as much as she loves shopping for new shoes followed by a good brunch. 

Best shopping spots in London

The shopping in London is undoubtedly some of the best in the UK, however, with its size and spread, knowing where to head to find one-off gems can be a little daunting. I’ve gathered together some of my favourite spots across the city to help you plan your trip to London, from vintage boutiques to Scandi furniture havens and designer outlets – The Big Smoke has it all!

Central London

If you're feeling like a little pampering after all of that shopping, then DryBy on Mortimer Street is the place to go for a Mani/Pedi or blow dry. It's Instagrammable interior draws in the fashion crowd, and their nail art is second-to-none.

When your nails are dry, afternoon tea at Sketch is a London institution. It's pink decor is picture perfect, and the food isn't half bad either!

East London

Considered the hip side of the city, East London is where you should head if you're on the lookout for unique designers, pop-up shops and markets.

Redchurch Street in Shoreditch is packed full of independent stores and designers. Modern Society isn't to be missed, with collections from the likes of Anine Bing, Etre Cecile and RE/DONE. Walk on over to Hanbury Street if you're seeking vintage, as this is the home of Blitz, a two-storey vintage 'department' store, with one of the best selections of vintage in the city. 

Central London

If big-name designers are more your thing, you're going to love Hackney Walk. Recently opened, this designer outlet district houses Burberry, Matches, Nike, UGG and more, all at discount prices. Hurry there before everyone else catches on!

When you're done shopping, head to trendy Palm Vaults on Mare Street for vegan cakes and velvet lattes - you won't regret it. 

West London

When you've finished taking pictures of the pastel houses in Notting Hill, pop in to The Cross for a wonderfully curated selection of clothing and homeware. And why not book a biscuit icing workshop at Biscuiteers before you head home? It's a wonderful way to rest your feet after a morning exploring whilst learning a new (tasty) skill! 

Biscuiteers West London

The Kings Road is a must-visit for shoppers in West London. Here you'll find some of your favourite upscale highstreet stores, as well as much-loved fashion store, The Shop at Bluebird.

North London

North London isn't just about trips to crowded Camden Market anymore. Kentish Town is upping it's game, with a host of trendy spots opening up on Fortess Road. SK Vintage is the place to go for wonderfully curated vintage, and next door you'll find jewellery designer Jessica de Lotz and her off-beat pieces.

If you're looking for a brunch spot in the area, hit up Patron, a french bistro that transports you to Paris with it's food and ambience.

A spot not to be missed in Tufnell Park is Future and Found, a scandi-inspired furniture shop - it's the perfect place to pick up a gift. Or if you're shopping for yourself, head around the corner to Diverse, a clothing boutique stocking the likes of Bella Freud and Acne - it's all too easy to spend more money than you intended here!

Vintage shop in North London

Whether you love big-name labels or hunting down vintage, London has something for every shopper. If your bank balance will allow it, you'll need multiple trips to tick off the addresses above! Even if you're only window shopping, no two weekends exploring London shops will be the same, there really is something for everyone.

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