|| From high fashion
to the latest bargains, there’s a range of shops
to suit all pockets and tastes.
Head to Regent Street [map]
for a range of flagship stores including Berketex and Nikeworld or take the kids to the world-famous Hamley’s Toy Store, which has seven floors
of goodies for the young and young at heart.
Home to the most elegant and expensive shops in London Bond Street [map] is heaven to many keen shoppers. This is where you’ll
find designer clothing such as Gucci and Versace,
perfume, art and antiques, and more Royal Warrant holders
(suppliers to the royal family) than anywhere else in
London. New Bond Street is a few minutes walk from Bond
Street Station, connected by pedestrian-only South Molton
Street, and Old Bond Street is the short section at the
southern end that joins Piccadilly.
Notting Hill is where
you’ll find unusual gifts. Choose from ethnic food
halls, antique warehouses, or bookshops that inspired
a blockbusting British film.
If you’re hoping to bag a bargain try one of West
London’s renowned markets.
Portobello Market [map],
Portobello Road and Portobello Green, is the perfect place
to pick up some unique jewellery or vintage and retro
The market is open Fridays and Saturdays, although some
stalls remain there throughout the week.
Alternatively, head to Shepherd’s Bush [map] for its historic market that has been at the same place
– Uxbridge Road and Goldhawk Road – since
1914. Owing much to its African and Irish communities
this is the ideal place to try some new culinary treats
and choose from a selection of exotic fish, meats and
fresh and organic fruit and vegetables.
There are also some excellent music stalls here offering
everything from Irish folk to reggae and everything in
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