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Shopping in North West London As the saying goes, money can’t buy you happiness, but when shopping in north west London, it can buy you anything from cheery odds and ends to serious objects of desire.

One of the favourite pastimes in north west London is taking a weekend stroll around Camden’s markets [map]. You’ll find all sorts in this collection of markets, including discount designer fashions, antiques, handmade crafts, music and much more.

As the capital’s fourth most visited attraction you’ll find this a busy area, but with several markets to choose from there’s no shortage of bargains to be had. However if you’d rather not shop then many people go to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and the street performers.

Camden’s collection of outdoor markets include – Camden Market, Camden Lock Market, Stables Market, Camden Canal Market and Electric Market. All the markets are open on Sunday between 10:00am and 5:00pm and most are open at the same time on Saturday. Camden Town is probably the most convenient station but on market days you can only exit from this station, so visitors usually use the Mornington Crescent or Chalk Farm tube station on leaving.

Whether or not you want to shop, a trip to Alfie’s Antiques Market [map] in Marylebone, is a fascinating experience. Its purpose, since it opened in the 70’s, has been to trade in antiques, however nowadays it has taken on a museum like quality with the amount of merchandise on offer. In this multifloored labyrinth you can get lost amongst the furniture, ceramics and glass, kitchenware, textiles, sliver and jewellery as well as the odd bit of theatre memorabilia.

Also on Church Street, NW8, you can find the Gallery of Antique Costume and Textiles [map] (GACT) where people in the movie world come for work and pleasure. Directors of period films like Out of Africa and Gladiator, come here to ensure their costumes are spot on, while models and actors come to get kitted out. For most people this will be somewhere to browse, but for those who can flash the cash like the famous, you too could pick up a vintage outfit or two.

For those who would rather stick to modern style shopping in air-conditioned centres packed with popular shops and eateries, then north London has two to choose from.

Brent Cross shopping centre [map], Hendon is basically an undercover high street with all the stores and coffee shops you would expect to see in an average town centre, all under the same roof. However this shopping centre has been voted one of the best in London, so it’s well worth a visit if you want to concentrate on some serious shopping. Close to Hendon station and served by a large car park, the location is convenient for drivers and pedestrians alike.

The other is the O2 centre [map] in Finchley where shops, restaurants and entertainments all sit cosily together close to Finchley Road station on the Jubilee / Metropolitan line.

Other places for happy shoppers to try in north west London include, Hampstead [map] for upmarket clothes shops and boutiques and homely items for the house, or Marylebone [map] which has been given a new lease of life since the four storey Conran Shop [map] revamped an existing historic stable block.

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