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Shopping in South East London Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of busy London life and discover some real retail treasures in the malls and streets of South East London.

For family-orientated bargains, head to The Catford Shopping Centre [map], Winslade Way, Catford. This impressive shopping mall has a giant black and white cat suspended from the ceiling, which makes more sense once you’ve investigated Catford further and realised that it’s actually a symbol used by traders and the council on a number of buildings and shops. Catford also boasts an indoor market and a number of Turkish bakeries. There’s another mall not too far from Catford called The Lewisham Centre, Molesworth Street, and this is the place for famous name brands and independent retailers selling a range of gifts and accessories.

The Aylesham Shopping Centre [map], Rye Lane, is the place for high-street names, where you can choose from favourites such as Boots and WH Smith. Rye Lane is also a great place for purchasing shoes, designer clothes and suit and formal hire.

Just because you don’t follow fashion or enjoy clothes shopping doesn’t mean you have to be left at home or in your hotel room, South East London offers some really good markets for searching out unusual gifts and antiques. One of the most popular markets amongst locals is Borough Market [map] situated between Borough High Street, Bedale Street, Stoney Street and Winchester Walk. This weekend only market serves food from across the world and includes a great mix of traditional London produce as well as exotically influenced fruit, vegetables, and baked goods from across the globe. This is the place for getting your organic and natural ingredients as well as being a must for a Christmas shopping visit.

Heading further southeast brings you to Croydon [map], which has a good mix of affordable shopping streets and malls.

Antique enthusiasts will find a wealth of unusual shops and hidden treasures on Bermondsey Street [map]. A visit to The Penny Farthing Arcade is a must in this area and customers will discover a variety of unique shops and plenty of opportunities, if you’re brave enough to haggle for a bargain.

Treat yourself to some designer or bespoke jewellery at Gabriel’s Wharf [map], Upper Ground. Choose from a range of top-name retailers and independent jewellers who can make up your requirements while you wait and guarantee a unique gift for the one you love.

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