Out of town shopping malls may well have started the decline of the traditional British high street over the last few years, and its easy to see why.
However whilst London doesnt offer any of these it doesnt need to! From market stalls to the worlds biggest department stores, from inexpensive bric-a-brac to extortionately priced cutting edge fashion from the worlds top designers, everyone is catered for by Londons many and varied shopping areas.
As convenient as malls are, they dont even scratch the surface of what London is able to offer the shopper in terms of diversity and wherever you are in the city, its all just a short tube or bus ride away.
With the chance of seeing some of the worlds most famous landmarks as well, the London shopping experience cannot be beaten.
Oxford Street Britain's busiest high street and London's best known shopping area is chock-a-block full of the nation's most popular shops over 300 in fact.
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge Kensington High Street Kensington offers a bit of everything to those shopping in London.It features all of the well known chain stores, plenty of one-offs, department stores (the main one being Barkers), an array of antique shops (in nearby Kensington Church Street) and numerous restaurants.Its less busy than the West End and certainly a touch classier.Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington Regent Street Regent Street, running the of a mile between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, certainly provides the most visually elegant shopping experience in London as all the shops conform to the same ornate architectural style.It features department stores, fashion boutiques, restaurants and well known high street names and is also home to the worlds best known toy store, Hamleys.Nearest Tubes: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus Bond Street If youre looking for a London shopping experience with a touch of class and you dont mind paying for it then Bond Street is for you.Full of the biggest designer names including Armani, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Cartier and Tiffany & Co, the street boasts more suppliers to the royal family than anywhere else in London.A world away from the every man for themselves experience of Oxford Street, many stores have their own doormen.The street is also home to the world famous Sothebys auction house.Nearest Tube: Bond Street Tottenham Court Road If youre shopping in London for electrical items or home furnishings then Tottenham Court Road is well worth a visit.The backstreets of the area offer an array of interesting pubs and specialist shops and nearby Charlotte Street features a wide variety of restaurants.