Shopping in London

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London is famous for shopping, and this one of the main reasons people flock to the city all year round. Shopping is one of London's top activities for many reasons --London is a global centre of fashion, style and music, and trends that start here are often exported worldwide.

You will find a bewildering variety of shops all over London, ranging from some of the world's most exclusive and expensive boutique stores, to lively street markets, often offering up some amazing deals. No visit to London would be complete without a visit to the exclusive stores of Knightsbridge and the world famous Harrods. If this is out of your price range, you can shop till you drop on Oxford Street and Regent Street, or head to the markets at Covent Garden for some souvenirs and watch the buskers.

London is also famous for its Markets, from the curios of Portobello Market to the lively street life of Bow Market or Camden Market, as well as numerous other street markets throughout the city.

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Alfie's Antique Market

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Strap on your bargaining boots and adjust your haggling hat and head down to Alfie's Antique Market for some amazing treasures. This popular antique market has a several floors of cool stuff of all kinds. Just a few specialties here include theater memorabilia, fancy furniture, and unique textiles. Alfie's is closed on Sunday and Monday.

type:Antiques
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tel:0207 723 6066
address:13-25 Church Street, Regents Park

Covent Garden and Neal Street

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Covent garden area
Covent garden area
photo by: M. Kubeile

Covent Garden used to be the flower market for London. Now it's full of market stalls, and small shops and is a lovely place to wander around for an hour or three. At weekends and on summer days there are often street entertainers all around the place and you can watch anything from unicycling to fire eating as you relax.

Neal street is just around the corner from Covent Garden and here you can find everything from the latest surfing styles, to a wide range of homeopathic and herbal remedies. It's a real mixed bag, but is a good place to get some serious shopping done.

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Tottenham Court Road

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Stereo and electrical shops and home design stores....good bargains to be found here. Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street tubes.  Home to the Headquarters of two of the UK's largest department stores - Heals of London and Habitat.

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CHARING CROSS ROAD

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Lots of book stores, rare and speciality, antique editions and more. Tottenham Court Road tube

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Brixton

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Brixton is a colourful, unique area, that is like nowhere else in London. Down Electric Avenue (made famous by Eddy Grant's song), it's packed with stalls supplying exotic fruit and vegetables, fish and meat from Africa and the Caribbean. Wander down Atlantic Road to access more indoor markets, and enter 'Brixton Village', and indoor market off Pope's Road, which has household goods, greasy spoons, a pet shop and a specialist wig shop.  Brixton is also home to the famous Brixton academy, the grand town hall at the centre of it all and many libraries and more..

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address:Electric Avenue, London SW9

Oxford and Regent Streets

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This is the main area in which to find High Street stores. All the main ones are here from Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, John Lewis, Hamley's Toy Shop, Boots, W.H. Smith, and many more specialty shops.

For many this is considered the centre of London. At any time of the day or night this area is always thronging with people.

Oxford Street, running West to East is the main shopping thoroughfare with all of the big name flagship department stores on this street. Regent Street, running North to South bisects Oxford Street, and the crossroads where these more..

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email:matt@mattsharpe.com

Bookmongers

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A varied and slightly chaotic second-hand bookshop that has books stuffed in every available corner. The bearded owners are usually sat back listening to folk music, but obviously love what they do. The books conditions vary from almost brand new to scuffed old classics, and it's hard to wander round this place without picking up a book for a few quid. Go right to the back of the shop and you'll find the bargain shelves, where all the books too tatty or out of date go anywhere else.

type:Book shops
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tel:020 7738 4225
address:439 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LN

Camden Market

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Camden's group of markets is now the fourth most-visited tourist attraction in London. It is the largest street market in the UK, and attracts around 100,000 visitors every weekend. There are various markets located in Camden Town which are collectively known as Camden Market; these are Camden Lock Market, Camden Stables Market, Camden Canal Market, Inverness Street Market, and Camden (Buck Street) Market.

The area around Camden Lock was first developed in 1791 by the Earl of Camden, with the famous Regents Canal opening in 1820. The more..

type:Markets
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address:Camden High Street & Chalk Farm Road
email:camdenmarkets@yahoo.com.au
accessibility:Camden Town & Chalk Farm tube stations
url:www.camdenmarkets.org

Chapel Market, Liverpool Road

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Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 9.00am-6.00pm Thurs, Sun 8.00am-12.00noon. Allsorts,Flowers, General goods,Fruit & Vegetables. There's also a cheeky man selling nuts and dried fruits - always good for a laugh.

Metrostop: Angel

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East Street, off Walworth Road

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Tues, Thurs, Sun 8.00am-3.00pm -Fri, Sat 8.00am-5.00pm. Allsorts & General goods.

Metrostop: Elephant & Castle

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Fancy That of London Souvenirs and Gifts

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Fancy That of London an exclusive chain of Gift Shops in the Heart of
London's West End, provding all of your London Gifts and British Souvenirs.

type:Speciality shops
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tel:02074861029
url:www.fancythatoflondon.co.uk
address:3-4 Station Approach, London NW1
email:sales@fancythatoflondon.com

Portobello Road

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Fri, Sat 8.00am-3.00pm - Antiques,Allsorts,fashion,Clothes, Fruit & Vegetables, Flowers, enjoy the Street Performers do their thing.

Metrostop: Notting Hill Gate http://www.portobellovillage.com/

type:Antiques
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tel:02071934695
url:www.portobellovillage.com
address:78 york street
email:info@21stcenturyvillage.com

CARNABY STREET:

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This street was enormously popular in the sixties for fashion, but still has some shops worth investigating. Mostly rock shops with t-shirts and accessories, but Shelley's shoes is one of the best shops in London for shoes. Oxford Circus Tube.

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Brick Lane

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Brick Lane is chaotic, but fun, and filled with everything from hardware and household goods, to clothes, spices, saris, books, bikes, bagels and more. This popular shopping area will definitely bring out the Avant-Garde or funky side of you. Expect to find Art Deco Furniture, old magazines, rare CD's, unique used clothes, and more. To get there take The Tube to Aldgate East or Liverpool Street. Brick Lane runs parallel to Commercial Street. If you wander onto Commercial Street, stop by Spitalfield’s Market and if you get lost, just follow the crowd of funky kids.

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address:Brick Lane runs parallel to Commercial Street

Hatton Garden

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The place for jewellery. With a whole street full of jewellers, you're guaranteed to find something you like. Whether you can afford it or not, that's a whole different story.

Best tube stations: Chancery Lane, Farringdon

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The British Boot Company

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Holts Shop Camden
Holts Shop Camden
photo by: Sjaak68

The British Boot Company in Camden Town claims that they are the original shop and the only shop selling real Dr. Martens boots. The price they charge is much higher than the other shoes shops, the onlineshop directed by the official Dr. Martens website, as well as the REAL Dr. Martens shop. They tend to provide false information. For example, they would tell a customer the pair of boots are the new release model of the year but in fact, they are the old model. Also, the price given from one staff can be different from another staff, and also different (higher) than the more..

type:Speciality shops
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tel:304-676-7955
url:www.yahoo.com
address:666 Demon Ave
email:jloiu@yahoo.com

Berwick Street, Soho

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Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.00pm. Fruit and Vegetables

Metrostop: Oxford Circus

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Petticoat Lane, Middlesex Street

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Sun 9.00am-2.00pm --Allsorts,fasion,Watches, Clothes, Footwear, Luggage, Leather & General goods,Fun, East End junk market.

Metrostop: Aldgate East

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St Martin-in-the Fields (off Trafalgar Square)

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Mon to Sat 11.00am-5.00pm -Sun 12.00noon-5.00pm ---Allsorts, fashion,Clothes, Arts and Crafts, Jewellery, Ethnic goods

Metrostop: Charing Cross

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The Library

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Avant-garde fashions for men featuring Martin Margiela's deconstructed sweaters and Maharishi's embellished trousers. Also on the menu: Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, YMC, and Fake.

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tel:+44 207 589 6569
address:268 Brompton Road, Chelsea
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