If you are passionate about shopping then London is the best place to fulfil every whim and fancy that you may have. It could be described as a veritable shopper’s paradise with shopping options galore. From shopping at its high end boutiques on Oxford and Bond Street to its iconic department stores there are an impressive array of shopping venues to choose from.
Some of the best shopping centres to visit on a trip to London are:
Westfield Centre: It is just a 10 minute ride by tube from the Shaftesbury Metropolis London Hyde Park Paddington hotel. Spread over a whopping 43 acres that covers nine postcodes Westfield Centre in one of the largest shopping centres of its kind. It cost mind-boggling billion to build and is home to more than 250 shops. Some of the big names to be found here include Armani, Mulberry, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Louis Vuitton to name just a few of the top brands available here. Make sure you wear a comfortable pair of shoes when you decide to explore the place which is simply gigantic. And if you do build up an appetite, which would be natural considering all the walking you will have to do, drop in Croque Gascon, a Michelin starred restaurant where you can dine on some of the finest gastronomic creations by Master Chefs Vincent Labeyrie and Pascal Aussignac, located at the Eat Gallery. And if you want more variety there are more than 50 cafes and restaurants to choose from!
Kingly Court: If there is any place that has helped the city to retain its retro image of being an epitome of London in swinging 60s, Kingly Court has the honour. It is a three-tiered complex that houses an eclectic combination of gift shops, established chains, independent stores and vintage shops. One of the busiest spots is its cafe-filled courtyard that is home to a wide variety of stores and shops including Lazy Oaf (menswear) Mnini (vintage items) and Marshmallow Mountain popular for avariety of vintage wear and items, among a host of other stores and shops. There is plenty more vintage stuff at Stromboli’s Circus, along with Birdcage (a woman’s boutique) and accessories at Buffy’s Beads etc. If you feel like pampering and indulging yourself there are some terrific beauty treatments available at the Beauty Lounge, Walk-In Backrub etc.
BoxPark: It was founded by entrepreneur Roger Wade and is spread over 4.7 hectares along Bethnal Road. It is one of the first shopping centres to spring up on a former wasteland, which has been been slated for lots more redevelopment. You will find refitted shipping containers artfully decorated that lie below Shoreditch High Street. It is a contemporary shopping venue with an eating mall as well. Here you will find brands like Nike, Dockers, Evisu apart from interiors by Scandinavian Brand Marimekko, Book Publishers (Phaidon) and some cool eating joints and cafes.