Snapshot: 16 Shopping Spots in London

We could say it’s that time of year again, when you get the itch to shop … but really, isn’t a shopping trip in London welcomed all year? London is topped up with covered markets, shopping arcades, department stores and shop-lined streets. Get your shop on with this snapshot of 16 photos:

Leadenhall Market. (AP)

Leadenhall Market, located on Gracechurch Street, houses fresh food, specialty stores, restaurants and pubs (for post-shopping). (AP)

Hays Galleria, Southwark. (AP)

Hays Galleria, located at 1 Battle Bridge Lane in Southwark, is an iron and glass covered concourse with boutique shops, chain stores and restaurants. It’s on the River Thames, offering a scenic stroll and view of The Shard. (AP)

Covent Garden. (AP)

Covent Garden will switch on its Christmas Lights today, November 6. (AP)

Harrods. (AP)

Harrods, located in Kensington and Chelsea, is the largest department store in Europe.  (AP)

(UJ) http://www.urbanjunkies.com/london-top-10-guide/shops/selfridges.php

Selfridges is named after its American founder, Harry Gordon Selfridge, who revamped Chicago’s Marshall Field’s and wanted to do the same in London, in 1909. (UJ)

(LDN) http://www.ldnfashion.com/shopping/london-top-ten-shops-olympics-2012/

Topshop has many locations in London, including High Street, Oxford Street and inside Selfridges on Oxford. The store is known for its high quality clothing at low prices.  (LDN)

(Mode) http://www.mode.net/14504-primark-london

Primark opened its first store in Dublin, Ireland in 1969; with the U.K. having 161 stores total now. London alone has nine stores with the retailer priding itself on meeting the needs of the everyday person with products ranging from homeware to fashion. (Mode)

(GL) http://golondon.about.com/od/londonpictures/ig/London-Christmas-Lights-2008/JohnLewis.htm

Department store John Lewis, with locations on Oxford Street, Victoria Street, and at the Westfield Stratford City Arcade, was named Best Retailer of 2013 based on customer satisfaction. (GL)

(Wiki)

Located in Soho, Carnaby Street is a pedestrian walkway lined with shops galore … and a welcome sign. (Wiki)

King’s Road, in Chelsea and South Kensington, is a mix of high-end stores with the affordable, nichey boutique stores with items you won’t find outside of the U.K.  (OPI)

Charing Cross Road. (AP)

On the other hand, Charing Cross Road located in Central London, isn’t quite high-end but offers unique finds, perfect for souvenirs. (AP)

Camden Lock. (AP)

Camden Lock Market, located in Camden Town, has anything and everything including vintage clothes, art and photography, houseware, decorations and homemade crafts. (AP)

Burlington Arcade. (AP)

Burlington Arcade, located on Piccadilly in Mayfair, is the ideal way to shop … the walkway is covered and nicely closed in, with the stores easy to peek inside. You can make a stop or keep on walking. No pressure. (AP)

Westminster Cathedral/Victoria. (AP)

Cardinal Place, on Victoria Street in Victoria, is made up of three buildings, housed in a glass capsule, covering over one million square feet. The shopping has well-known stores like Topshop, Zara, L’Occitane and Hobbs. (AP)

Hatton Garden. (AP)

Hatton Garden, located in Central London, is London’s jewelry district, with almost 300 businesses and over 55 shops. (AP)

Oxford Stree. (AP)

Oxford Street, located in the West End of London, is bustling with shoppers. (AP)

Where’s your first stop? 

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