Topshop is the trendiest, biggest fashion shop in town and the London flagship branch on the corner of Oxford Street and Regent Street is one of the UK’s landmarks. The shop is massive and carries everything from shoes to candy. There is even a vintage section and cafe. Styles are generally very young. Topman is adjacent to the shop and is the one-stop place for trendy men’s clothes, shoes and accessories. Topshop and Topman are generally packed all the time. Head there Sunday at noon for a quiet second. The place is so huge you could spend the day there. Prices are affordable to moderate.
H&M is where you will find disposable clothing with cutting-edge looks! Nowhere else in London will you be able to find a new t-shirt for £5. Shops are huge and carry clothes and accessories for men and women. Swimsuits and lingerie can also be purchased at H&M. Shops are located on most high streets including High Street Kensington and Oxford Street.
This Spanish retailer has sophisticated, stylish, and well-priced merchandise for men, women and children. Shops are everywhere including nearby Covent Garden tube, Oxford Street and most high streets. Business casual wear and weekend basics are good finds at Zara. Quality isn’t exceptional but prices and look are.
Selfridges: http://www.selfridges.com; 400 Oxford Street; W1A 1AB
Selfridges is a relatively up scale outlet. Selfridge is massive and it’s easy to get lost in the Bond Street shop. Men and women clothing, footwear, housewares, food, cosmetics and much much more can be found at Selfridge’s. In fact, many people make a whole day out of strolling around the shop. Stop into one of Selfridge’s wine or coffee bars for a stylish and tasty refreshment. Prices are moderate to high.
Gap: http://www.gap.co.uk A world-wide chain where you will find your latest wholly hat along with a range designed by Stella McCartney, budget to mid range chain.
Banana Republic: http://bananarepublic.gap.co.uk the definition on their web site is spot- on “Banana Republic is an accessible luxury brand inspired by life in the City.” It offers stylish essentials and sophisticated seasonal collections for men and women.” The first shop opened in Regents Street in 2008.
Paul Smith: http://www.paulsmith.co.uk
Paul Smith is the quintessential English brand that carries luxurious yet preppy clothing for men and women. Eyewear and handbags fill Smith’s accessory lines, and Paul Smith has 12 collections in total, including Paul Smith Jeans and a line that focuses on rugs and China to name just a few things. Exceptional fabric quality and tailoring make Paul Smith’s designs stand out. There are a few shops in London, including locations in Kensington, Chelsea, and Covent Garden. Prices are moderate to high.
Vivienne Westwood: http://www.viviennewestwood.co.uk; 44 Conduit Street; W1S 2YL; +44
It is definitely worth checking her shop near Bond Street. Vivienne Westwood is the British queen of punk and quirkiness and has been portraying her anti-establishment looks since the early 1970s when her brand was first made famous by the Sex Pistols. Clothes and accessories including outrageous jewelry is available at the shop. The sales assistants at the Westwood shop are not known to be the friendliest. Prices are high.
Jasper Littman: http://www.jasperlittman.co.uk; 9 Saville Row; W1S 3PF; 08456 121 220
This classic London tailor specializes in men’s custom-made suits. Customer service excellence and exceptional attention to detail describe the best personal tailoring you will find in the UK. Prices are high.
Austique: http://www.austique.co.uk 330 King’s Rd, SW3 (020 7376 3663) Sloane Square tube or 11, 22 bus.
Super feminine garments, high quality, perfect for parties and chic outfit.
Accessorize: http://uk.accessorize.com this high street shop is worth visiting for its quality items.
Retro and charity shops are London’s shopping experience signature. There are hundreds of such shops selling designers’ second-hand production, here is a list of the top 20 classified by area in Time Out, the must have guide for leisure activities: http://www.timeout.com/london/shopping/londons-ten-best-thrift-stores
Shopping for Kids
From top designer’s to budget shopping on the high street. London is the place to kit out your little ones.
Colorful clothes best selling place in town situated 162 Brick Lane E1 Telephone: +44 (0)20 7247 4949
Rachel Riley http://www.rachelriley.com/
Hand crafted inspired by countryside living, you’ll find gorgeous smocks, pinafores, shirts and floral prints.
Mothercare is known for its good quality, affordable childrenswear and accessories. Visit the Oxford Street flagship store to see the full range of clothes, toys, pushchairs and more. Look out for special ranges such as the Disney range.
If your kids are dressing up for a wedding or party, you’ll find elegant outfits for them in La Stupenderia. The Italian clothing brand made its UK debut in upmarket Belgravia. The stylish clothes are designed for ages 0-12 years old. There is no website available but here is the address 16 Motcomb St London SW1X 8LB 020 7245 6656