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
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
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
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.
If you want to comment on our choices or recommend somewhere,
why not use our What
You Recommend form to let us know.