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If you’re looking for a great way to spend a day head to Southwark for all your shopping needs.

Choose from a range of markets and designer shops, as well as plenty of shopping centres and independent retailers offering unique gift ideas.

Get everything you need under one roof at The Surrey Quays Shopping Centre [map], Redriff Road. This is one of the largest shopping centres in the Docklands area, located on the banks of the Canada Water. Here you can choose from more than 100 shops including familiar high street names such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Boots. There’s also a number of coffee shops and eateries for tired shoppers to relax in. For real bargains check out some of the little independent stores within The Surrey Quays.

Perhaps it’s essential to be stylish. If this is your desire check out Butler’s Wharf [map] , London Bridge, for a great range of designer shops and famous fashion names, as well as several international galleries and some fascinating gift and art shops.

Butler’s Wharf is probably best known for Sir Terence Conran’s trend-setting complex of restaurants, and so when the shopping comes to an end and you’re feeling peckish you really will be spoilt for choice with the range of excellent eateries in this area. There’s also some delightful views to be had as you stroll along the waterfront.

Staying close to the River Thames, another truly stylish place to shop and be seen is The Hay’s Galleria [map], Tooley Street. Visit some of London’s most unique gift and craft shops selling everything from paintings and jewellery to bath products and clothing. Again, the views here are enthralling and visitors can relax in front of The Navigators: David Kemp’s dynamic sculpture.

As every London tourist will tell you, the place to get your real bargains is definitely a market.

The New Caledonian Antiques Market [map], Bermondsey Square, is an unrivalled street market dedicated solely to antiques. Head here on Friday mornings and mingle with the movers and shakers of the international antiques world.

You can browse further through the many antiques warehouses in the nearby streets which are open all week and perfect for mid-week visitors.

If you’re self-catering or just looking for a fresh meal away from the hotel check out the range of fruit and vegetables available at The Borough Market [map], Borough High Street. This is one of the oldest fruit and veg markets in London with a history dating back to 1276. Get down here early in the morning to catch the goods in their freshest condition. There’s also a cheese maker, deluxe cake shop and brewery close by.

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