is one of the most "with it" shopping cities in the world and the UK's shopping
mecca. Many shops and streets are tourist attractions in their own right
- Carnaby Street, centre of the fashion world in the 60's, Harrods, the
shop that sells everything, Harvey Nichols, a designer delight. Many shops
are found in areas such as Knightsbridge, Regent Street, Bond Street and
Oxford Street. Side streets are crammed with Antique, Craft and Specialist
shops. A shopaholics' paradise.
|London would not be London if it didn't have its world renowned market places. The exuberance of Portobello Road, immortalised by Paddington Bear, the fabulous array of different cultures displayed at Camden market and the very famous Petticoat Lane. Each market has its own speciality. In all markets watch out for pickpockets.|
||A majority of London's
grand department stores are found on Oxford Street and Regent Street.
On and around Oxford street you will find many bankrupt stock auction warehouses claiming to offer anything from watches to cameras and televisions at ridiculously cheap prices. You are told that the goods are guaranteed, but should you wish to take your purchase back you will be told a different story. Fun in London recommends that you avoid them at all cost.
|London offers the
clothes shopper everything - designer labels, bargains, fashion, selection
and style. Many of the world's top designers are based here. Chelsea, Knightsbridge
and Bond Street offer the best selections.
Hatton Garden is an extremely popular area for shops that specialise in jewellery. You will find hundreds of shops next door to each other, the choice is vast. If you have enough money it is worth checking out the shops on Bond Street and around Mayfair.
Opening hours are generally 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Most stores have winter and summer sales, although the post-Christmas sales are the best. If you are aiming to hunt for bargains in January start early and prepare to shop till you drop, alongside millions of others.
Tourists who have purchased anything between £50 - £100 should keep all receipts and reclaim the 17.5% VAT. It is possible to send off for a refund at the airport, which usually takes 6 weeks.