Shopping in London is a multi-faceted experience that can never end. With such a wide assortment of stores and department stores, your options are virtually limitless here. Whether you’re looking for fashionable clothing, gifts to bring back home, or technology products – the city has it all. To be near the city’s best shopping avenues, consider booking your stay near Paddington.
Close to Regents Street, and Piccadilly Circus, you’ll be close to stores that include Liberty, John Lewis and House of Fraser. Shopping in London isn’t just a means to an end; it’s a way to embrace the cultural world you find yourself in, as you hopefully find a range of items that fit your needs and desires perfectly.
And with dazzling lights and beautiful window displays in London’s West End, even the mere act of window shopping can be a joy. You can also visit traditional department stores, famous for their reputation all across the globe. Some of these include Selfridges, John Lewis, and Debenhams.
Oxford Street stretches close to the Paddington Court Hotel London, with over one mile and a half of high street brands. If you could imagine all the best stores in the world, stretches across two sides of a street, then you will have the perfect image of what Oxford Street looks like. Small quaint avenues are found on the edges of the street, making the area feel like a maze of opportunity.
For an alternative shopping experience, consider the range of markets in the city. Take for instance Brick Lane market, or the Portobello market. Both of these avenues have fantastic street food; from gluten free pastries to delightful burritos. Often in London, or any city for that matter, we can get suckered into believing that the best food can only be found in restaurants.
The markets in the town of London prove otherwise and do so delightfully. While the hotel near Paddington station isn’t exactly right close to these two markets, we still feel they’re worth visiting. Markets represent a part of London’s tradition, of crowds gathering to buy their fare for the week, in the hustle and bustle of merchants, stalls, and produce. Fresh vegetables and fruits line the streets; everyone pays with coins or notes, while all the items are purchased quickly and efficiently, directly from the producer
Even though you’re likely not visiting London for shopping alone, we still feel it’ll be worth your time to make it more of a theme during your stay in the city.
Knightsbridge is synonymous with department stores extraordinaire Harrods and Harvey Nichols, but the quality of shopping it offers is represented by the fact the organic food chain Whole Foods’ flagship store can be found here, which proves perennially popular.
If you’re visiting during a particular season of the year where the weather is especially drab, then you might want to consider indoor shopping venues like Westfield. The Westfield malls at White City and Stratford have quickly established themselves as firm favourites in West and East London, respectively. In addition to major high street names, Westfield London (White City) features a cinema, a gym, bars and restaurants, while Westfield Stratford City (Stratford) is one of the largest malls in Europe with 250 shops and 70 eateries.
If you want a bit more of an artistic shopping experience, consider Covent Garden. The historic square in the heart of Central London offers not just street entertainers, but also an eclectic retail mix – arts and crafts including handmade jewellery and kids-friendly unique sweets (Covent Garden Market) and urban streetwear and funky cosmetics.