Almost everyone is well aware of London’s renowned shopping precincts – including Oxford Street, Regent Street, King’s Road and Carnaby Street. But what many don’t realise is that London is filled with a multitude of hidden gems when it comes to shopping. From specialist boutiques to the quirky and offbeat, some of the city’s best shopping is a little off the beaten track – yet in close proximity of London Euston and other convenient tube stations...
Redchurch Street in Shoreditch melds high end brands with bistros and galleries, with a wide array of merchants in close proximity to each other. You’ll find everything from Parisian lingerie to botanical skincare and quality homeware. Close by is the famous Brick Lane, with its vintage clothing stores and authentic curry houses.
Just a stone’s throw from the finest hotels in Bloomsbury London is Lamb’s Conduit Street. Here you will find some of London’s best independent stores, sitting alongside fashion boutiques, homeware shops and cosy cafes. Men’s fashion stands out here. Don’t miss Persephone Books which specialises in female writers.
If you love cosmetics or great gourmet cheeses, head to Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials (Covent Garden). This little precinct has the Neal’s Yard Dairy with authentic, British farm cheeses, and Neal’s Yard Remedies sells organic cosmetics and skincare products.
Camden Passage in Islington is a narrow street and a market stall treasure trovewith cafes and small stores selling vintage clothing, antiques, old pub signs, and much more. Camden Passage runs parallel to Islington’s Upper Street, and if you love vintage you’ll never want to leave.
Monmouth Street is home to high end, luxury women’s fashion and beauty products. Some of London’s finest original vintage stores are located here alongside contemporary cutting edge designer stores.
An easy stroll from hotels near Soho, Berwick Street is a great London shopping venue, with a diverse and vibrant array of stores including bespoke tailors, traditional pubs, and retro stores selling vintage goods. There is a plethora of independent record shops as well as some of the city’s oldest markets selling flowers, fresh produce, and gourmet breads.
Walthamstow Market on Walthamstow High Street is the longest street market in London and has close to five hundred vendors operating between Tuesdays and Saturdays. Ethnically diverse, the market specialises in food and fresh produce, while nearby on the street one can find craft supplies and textiles.
There are plenty of other great small shopping streets in London, including many with markets that are a London favourite. Set out from your base in great hotels near Covent Garden and explore what the city has to offer. You are guaranteed to find something you love.