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Last updated: 25 June, 2023
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

With several distinct shopping areas and countless brilliant department stores and shopping streets, London requires some space in your suitcase. It’s, without doubt, the world’s premier shopping destination.

Whether browsing the designer boutiques around Bond Street or Marylebone, ticking off the historic department stores of the West End, or seeking out individual, legendary shops and historic markets – there is something for every taste and every budget. Even if you’re not a shopper, wandering London’s markets and best shopping areas is a quintessential London experience not to be missed.

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Bond Street

London, United Kingdom (UK)

A daytime view of street that is know for its great stores

Luxury central in London, Bond Street is home to the glittering flagship stores of luxury fashion, jewellery and accessories brands.

Best for ages 18+

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Fortnum & Mason

London, United Kingdom (UK)

Exterior of the large red brick department store on a sunny day

Grocer to the queen, this glorious foodie emporium on Piccadilly has been supplying the great and good of London since 1705. A Fortnum’s hamper – perfect for a picnic in Hyde Park – is a thing of beauty.

Best for ages 13+

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Hamleys

London, United Kingdom (UK)

A street view with colourful awnings

One of the oldest and best toy shops in the world, complete with costumed staff and huge-scale, techy toys, this is heaven for kids (grown-up ones too).

Best for ages 4+

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Harrods

London, United Kingdom (UK)

Night time view of the department all lit up with lights

The world’s most famous department store – touristy, yes, but also glamorous, glitzy, and unmissable.

Best for ages 18+

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Harvey Nichols

London, United Kingdom (UK)

Street view of a popular store on a sunny winter's day

The original, flagship store in Britain’s upscale department store chain, still a destination for the best in international luxury brands.

Best for ages 18+

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Hatton Garden Jewellery Quarter

London, United Kingdom (UK)

A street view of a jewellery on a sunny day

Close to Chancery Lane and Farringdon, this street has been a hub for jewellers and diamond experts since the 19th century.

Best for ages 18+

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Jermyn Street

London, United Kingdom (UK)

View of the street showing people shopping

This elegant street in St James is home to some of the city’s best bespoke menswear, from shoes and suits to hats, umbrellas and luggage. A magnet for well-dressed gentlemen.

Best for ages 18+

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Liberty of London

London, United Kingdom (UK)

A street view of a department store on a sunny day

This half-timbered, Tudor-style department store is famous for its haberdashery, stationery, beauty hall and signature floral prints.

Best for ages 18+

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London’s best markets

London, United Kingdom (UK)

An market with selling artistic homeware

Whether elegant Victorian covered markets or ramshackle street fairs, London’s quirky markets have been the home of bargains galore and colourful characters for decades, if not centuries.

Regent Street

London, United Kingdom (UK)

A daytime view of a street know for the great store to shop in

This proud shopping avenue is home to large, high-design flagship stores and London’s prettiest Christmas lights, walk up from Piccadilly Circus to see the majestic sweep of buildings at its best.

Best for ages 18+

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Selfridges

London, United Kingdom (UK)

Lower view of a high end store during the daytime

Upscale, modern department store with innovative products and design – shopaholic heaven, especially for fashion, with a clutch of excellent cafes.

Best for ages 18+

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Westfield London

London, United Kingdom (UK)

External view of a shopping centre during the daytime

This sculptural, white, glass-ceilinged mega mall – with 300+ high-street and luxury boutiques – is a shopping metropolis like no other. You could spend a day here and not see it all.

Best for ages 13+

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Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: -

Who to go with: organised tours

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London Shopping Tours

London

London Shopping Tours
Let us guide you through the beautiful streets of London only known to locals. Our shopping tours are carefully prepared by our guides/stylist to be able to show you around the nicest shops in the city. You will visit the beautiful area of Mayfair and the neigbourhood areas like Piccadilly and Marylebone. Where you can find Liberty and Selfridges The Chelsea tour is full of character and you can also find the iconic Harrods department store. Our tours are ideal for people new to the city, locals looking for something different, birthday parties and corporate events.

Price: £85

Min age: 0

Rating 4.91 / 5 [47 ratings]

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London

Greater London, United Kingdom (UK)

view of houses of parliament at night

World-class culture, fashion, music, food and history – and a mind-boggling array of bucket list experiences – packed into one extraordinary, incomparable destination.