London is a world class shopping city. We recommend nearby Knightsbridge, as its home to the best department stores in the world; Harrods and Harvey Nichols will keep you busy for hours with gastronomic delights, designer wear and shoes.
For individual exclusive boutiques we would recommend a stroll down Sloane Street and king’s road. Have lunch at Daphne’s on Walton Street. Once you have had a little rest and recovery check out the Conran shop and Josephs flagship boutique which stocks the seasons most coveted designers; Celine, Isabel Marant, Pucci, Alaia.
Sloane Street – A fashionable shopping street, especially the Knightsbridge section, which is known informally as Upper Sloane Street. Since the 1990s Sloane Street's status has increased further, and it is now on a par with Bond Street, which has been London's most exclusive shopping street for two centuries. The street has flagship branches for many of the world's most famous brands in fashion.
Knightsbridge – Notable as an ultra-expensive residential area, and for the density of its upmarket retail outlets such as Harrods, the legendary luxury department store famous for fine luxury shopping and its food hall and Harvey Nichols a favourite with fashionistas. Knightsbridge is identified in the London Plan as one of two "international centres" of retailing in London, alongside the West End.
Bond Street – The most exclusive street in London with the highest concentration of high fashion boutiques from Mulberry and Burberry the typical British flagship stores, it also has Prada, Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Armani, Nicole Fahri, Versace and Gucci stores, the distinctive Ralph Lauren building and other prestigious brand names such as Cartier and Tiffany.
The King's Road - Where famous faces are regularly seen along this fashionable road. The area was made famous by a lively local scene during the 'swinging '60s' and punk fuelled seventies. For fashion, the King's Road offers High Street regulars such as Jigsaw, French Connection and Benetton coupled with a number of one-off boutiques and designer stores exuding sartorial elegance.
East London shopping
- The emergent fashion hub for creative, independent and luxury designers. Below are Blakes highlighted shopping hot spots.
Brick Lane Market
- The ambience rather than student-grunge abounds but one thing's guaranteed, you can still pick up bargains at this famous Sunday market. Vintage fans should head for Cheshire Street for stores such as the discerning House of Vintage UK and the huge warehouse Beyond Retro. The Laden Showroom showcases young, independent designers.
Spitalfields Market - Once home to London's wholesale fruit and veg market, this airy hall is now a temple to hip shopping with lots of small, independent stalls inside and more established designer names outside. Sundays are liveliest, with more specialist traders attending on Thursdays (antiques and vintage) and Fridays (fashion and art).