Hello again! Yes, I love shopping, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I spent a lot of time while in London exploring the famous department stores and street side boutiques. I happened to be in London during their bi-annual sales week which occurs towards the end of June. That being said, pretty much every store had a large selection of clothes 50% off and more. Department stores, such as Harrods, went all out. The annual Harrods sale is the only one they have a year, meaning that yes, the place is mobbed, but they dedicate a whole floor to sale items, along with sales up and down the rows of designer collections making it well worth the visit.
This might just sound like heaven in a shopper’s paradise, and it pretty much is. However, I knew that the sales would draw crowds to prime shopping areas near my hotel in Knightsbridge. It was true, and I definitely noticed more people on Saturday than Friday, but I took advantage of the limited shoppers on Friday and shopped all over the city. Below, I have compiled a list of my favorite, along with the best shopping that I experience while I spent time in London this summer in celebration of London Fall Fashion Week starting this weekend.
- Liberty’s and Regent Street
- Regent Street is very popular for mid to high price range chain stores. It can get very crowded, however.
- Bond Street and Burlington Arcade
- Fortum and Mason
- Very close to the high streets of Mayfair, Fortum and Mason is a food haven. The department store specializes in delicacies, and has an immense display of speciality tea. I’ll admit it, I’m a tea snob, so their food hall was paradise for me. I had stopped here to grab lunch at their great café, and ended up spending over an hour such gazing at all the delicious preserves, candies, and groceries that they had. In addition, I smelled and tested every kind of tea until I had them package a special one for me. An amazing experience if you are into food shopping.
- Harrods and Brompton Road
- Brompton Road surrounds Harrods, and hosts large flagship stores and British chains. There’s a huge Zara and Topshop for fast fashion fans, in addition to a flagship Burberry, Ted Baker London, and All Saints.
- Sloane Street and Belgravia
- Another area that is optimal for window shopping; Sloane street is adjacent to Brompton Road and is lined with designer labels. Harvey Nichols is another department store that calls Sloane Street home, and while I heard it is worth while, I didn’t get the opportunity to explore it on my trip. Alas, something to look forward to for my next visit.
- Right near that, there are a handful of side streets in Belgravia that have a lot of local ateliers and boutiques that are super fascinating to go into. I was amazed by the fact that these tiny unassuming store fronts could produce masterpieces with fabric.
It seems like I cannot get enough of British fashion, and I couldn’t help to love everywhere I shopped in London. I hope this guide’s helpful for fellow fashionistas!