London - Where to Shop
Camden Market: Jump on the tube or get into an Uber and head out to Camden Market. I was under the impression Camden market was a collection of flea markets, but boy was I wrong. It's a HUGE cluster of stalls built in an old stable and scattered around the old boat interchange. Big wooden doors open onto cobblestone paths where you can literally find anything. You could spend a whole day looking around, so if your time poor, ask around for what you're interested in seeing. We walked away with a vintage suitcase and a beautiful painting. Also, make sure you grab a bite to eat before you go! Make sure you get there first up otherwise you'll be too overwhelmed by the crowd to shop or eat!
Oxford Street: It's a mighty long street, but where ever you end up, you'll find a plethora of great stores to shop (or window shop) in.
Harrods: Wow, after visiting Harrods, I now know why it's a London institution. Make a beeline down Brompton St to the iconic Harrods store. You can easily spend a day getting lost level after level, soaking up the beautifully old English architecture that makes your eyes sparkle. Harrods have everything you could possibly want to buy- in that typically perfect English way. A Flowers, a whole floor dedicated to tea, a jelly parlour even. There is the most incredibly huge range of Harrods branded trinkets for you to take home or buy as unique gifts for your family at home. Make sure stop here for lunch. My favorite spot- the food section!! Our tip: visit Pizzeria for a pizza you won't forget. There's a line, but it's worth it! And you'll be entertained by the singing waiter anyway!
Notting Hill: The picture perfect streets of Notting Hill are beautiful enough that all you need to do is weave in and out of the streets. But there is so much in this bustling and eclectic neighborhood! Portobello Road Market, the vintage stores and the Electric Cinema to name a few.
Piccadilly/Fortnum & Mason: By chance I stumbled across this unique, high end department store as we walked past as it's window displays are next level. Although Im not sure how I didn't know about it before! If you like little trinkets, things for the home, body products to treat yourself with, then you need to clear your schedule and allow half a day here! There is a floor dedicated to men where you can find unique grooming products to having your shoes shined. It is on the pricier side of things, but even if you don't buy anything, it's worth taking a look inside as the whole store is immaculately merchandised. There is also a beautiful high tea on offer. Spend the rest of your day strolling down the lovely streets if Piccadilly. For the guys out there who love their accessories, visit Smart Turnout and pick up something typically English.