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Malls and Markets and Shops, oh my!

 By Payal Budhraja 

By Payal Budhraja 

London is busy and crowded, and we all know that! Bustling with noise and people from all over the world, so many tourists just visit it to shop. It is home to some of the most popular shopping destinations of the world, including Oxford Street and Regent Street. They are undoubtedly one of my favorite high-street places to shop.

Located at the cross-junction of Oxford Circus station, the two streets have leading high-street and department stores. From more expensive shopping at department stores like John Lewis and Selfridges to affordable places like Primark and H&M, you are sure to find what you are looking out for! I always try and pick a lazy weekday afternoon to have more space and less people to browse the store collections.  

There are lots of food stalls to be found in the alleyways along both Oxford Street and Regent Street and you might get to witness some cool street side music performances!

Brands are everywhere and their collections overlap no matter what. However, there’s always the more local, yet equally popular places that are worth a visit!

MY TOP SHOPPING DESTINATIONS

  1. Westfield Stratford City Mall – It is a bit far to get to from Central London. You have take the Overground, Central or Jubilee Line – but it’s got all that you need under one roof. What’s outdoors at Oxford Street is in the warm indoors here and one of my preferred places to go despite a bit of a longer travel!

  2. Covent Garden – Another outdoor area with selected shops, but nonetheless the combination of shops and food makes me want to go there. It’s got the Apple Market to buy local artsy stuff and enjoy the taste of French macarons at Ladurée. I also make it a point to get Amorino’s gelato when I shop around here!

  3. Harrods – A place with all high-end brands under one roof. Even if you do not want to shop there, it is worth a visit in the evening to see it all lit up. If you want to be a bit fancier, try out their high tea at The Georgian! (You probably guessed I have a big sweet tooth) Plus the neighborhood of Knightsbridge has got high street shopping as well in case you change your mind!

  4. Old Spitalfields Market – If you are on a look out for something more local, Spitalfields Market is the place to be! With local arts and independent fashion stalls, you are sure to find something unique for yourself here.

  5. Camden Market – Again more local! If you want something eclectic and vintage, Camden Town is the place to go. There’s numerous local food stalls to try out when you are tired wandering around. What more? They also have a pretty canal to walk around and enjoy the sunshine on a sunny afternoon!

There are lots of neighborhoods in London to visit and even more malls to go to where you are sure to find what you like. Do note, the local markets are often busy on the weekends especially during the summer months.