London’s shopping scene is as varied and diverse as its population. From funky shops in the east end to some of Europe’s largest shopping malls, the city has something for every taste. Here are my top 5 picks for the best shopping streets to enjoy a unique London experience, all within easy reach of the Red Carnation Hotels in London:
Marylebone High Street
Marylebone High Street is one of the best streets for boutique shopping in London. From Euston Road in the north to Oxford Street in the south, Marylebone High Street and its offshoots are packed with everything from shoe shops like French Sole to fashionable boutiques like Austique. And it doesn’t stop at clothing either. The Conran Shop is famous for furniture, Daunt Books is one of London’s most beloved bookstores, and La Fromagerie offers an excellent selection of cheeses.
For classic British goods and men’s tailoring, it doesn’t get any better than Jermyn Street. From the famous department store Fortnum & Mason to the Hawes & Curtis Flagship Store, the street offers a range of luxury shopping options in St James’s. Shops like Paxton & Whitfield, a British cheesemonger that has been delighting taste buds across London for 200 years, round out the mix.
For lovers of luxury, Bond Street is the perfect place to go shopping in London. All of the best-known luxury goods shops can be found there, from Bottega Veneta to Burberry, Chanel to Christian Dior and beyond. Jewellery lovers can indulge at Tiffany & Co and Cartier, and those on the hunt for handbags can head to Hermes and Mulberry.
The King’s Road
A famous haunt of the Middleton sisters, the King’s Road in Chelsea is one of the most fashionable places to shop in London. From the beloved British Cath Kidston to the American favorite BCBG, the road has a wide variety of shops and boutiques. At one end is Sloane Square, where the famous department store Peter Jones takes pride of place among the likes of Hugo Boss and Gieves & Hawkes.
In the heart of Mayfair, Mount Street is not only one of London’s prettiest shopping streets, but also one of its best. From luxury shops like Christian Louboutin and Lanvin to famous butchers like Allens of Mayfair, there is no shortage of retail therapy available to those with the means to partake. Add Vivienne Westwood and Balenciaga to the mix, and it’s a luxury shopper’s dream come true.