For shopping enthusiasts, the centre of London is a prime location for everything from bargain stores to designer outlets. If you are visiting the city, you are guaranteed to have the shopping experience of a lifetime!
You’ll want to be located in accommodation that gives you access to the various top shopping areas that London has to offer so Regency House Hotel, our bed and breakfast near Oxford Street is perfect for shopaholics visiting from around the world.
Oxford Street and Bond Street
Oxford Street itself is famous for its long line of high street departments and you’ll find all of your favourites there. Travel up Oxford Street towards Bond Street and you’ll find the well-established Selfridges store, which is a must-visit for any shopping fanatic. Bond Street is also home to Sotherby’s auction house, plus many of the leading names in fashion design, including Prada, Nicole Fahri, Chanel, Armani, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Ralph Lauren.
At the corner of Oxford Street tube station, take a turn down Regent Street and you’ll find the London’s oldest and legendary toy store, Hamley’s. Not entirely directed at children, it is well worth a look for adults, whether they are classic toy fans or are looking for souvenirs or gifts to take home for family and friends. Their prices are naturally higher than other toy stores but the range is unbeatable and you will find all the latest computer games and just about every shape and size of toy that you can imagine on sale.
As you head down Regent Street, you will also find other notable stores, including Liberty, the Apple Store, H&M, Anthropologie, and the world’s largest Burberry store so whether you are looking for sports clothing, accessories or a new iPad, you’ll find it here. Turn off Regent Street to visit Saville Row, renowned for its classic mens tailored shops. Finally, at the end of Regent Street, you’ll arrive at Picadilly Circus and its array of tourist souvenir shops, plus novelty attractions such as the giant M&M store.
Staying at hotels near Oxford Street will also give you easy access to the world’s first pop-up mall, Boxpark Shoreditch for the experience of some of the most creative fashion brands, in addition to the neighbouring areas that are host to a range of shopping attractions, from market stalls to trendy clothing boutiques and a variety of music and book stores.
Carnaby Street and Covent Garden
A short five minutes stroll from the hotels near Oxford Street takes you to Soho. Located in Soho is Carnaby Street – infamous from the swinging 60s and now enjoying a recent revival to boast over 140 quirky old retro style boutique shops alongside of well-known fashion shops, bars and restaurants. A short walk from Soho will take you directly to Covent Garden. Just as famous as Oxford Street, it’s a hugely popular tourist spot and has a plentiful selection of independent fashion boutiques, high street and high-end stores along open air shopping area of St. Martin’s Courtyard and fashion focused shopping district along Seven Dials. Equally popular is its longstanding Piazza Market, where you’ll find numerous stalls selling quality goods from jewellery, accessory and beauty products, to antiques, crafts, to handmade clothing.
King’s Road and Knightsbridge
A short bus ride south west from Oxford Street hotels will take you past Victoria rail and coach station and to King’s Road, where you’ll discover designer boutiques and furniture stores, plus a wide selection of funky second hand clothing stores, record shops and trendy vintage clothes.
A short trip north of King’s Road will take to Knightsbridge – home to possibly the most famous stores in London, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Knightsbridge is also a buzz of designer stores and perfect for a walk around to check out some of the expensive items on offer! There are also plenty of trendy cafes and restaurants along the main street too, where you can stop off and enjoy lunch or a fancy afternoon tea afterwards.
If you would rather like to shop for quirky accessories of Boho influences, antiques, unique homewares, clothing, vintage-style dresses, and organic food, then head to Portobello Market and nearby Westbourne Grove for a one-off shopping experience.
Not quite finished yet! Take a quick tube journey of 10 minutes from hotels near Oxford street and arrive at the shopping heaven of Westfield London. Often called one of the best and unique European shopping destinations, it is home to all of the high street brands and high-end international luxury fashion stores that you would imagine, plus restaurants bringing the most delectable tasting cuisine from around the world under one roof.
All in all, you will not be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in central London and if you plan to enjoy the very heart of the city’s extensive shopping experience then Regency House Hotel, one of the best hotels near Oxford Street is an ideal base for your trip.