London is a city renowned for its world class shopping, with an extensive range of department stores, boutiques, shopping centres and markets which cater for everyone’s shopping needs. The city quite simply has everything that you could ever want.
Take Oxford Street for example. To many, Oxford Street is seen as the ultimate shopping haven. It is seen as the “headquarters” of all London’s high street stores. Here you will find enormous versions of typical high-street stores such as H&M, Topshop and HMV as well as the big department stores such as Selfridges and John Lewis.
For those with a more expensive taste you have Knightsbridge, located in the West End, home to an array of high end, designer stores such as Harvey Nichols and Harrods, which is perfect for those looking for something a little bit more up-market.
These locations and stores however are obvious. Everyone knows about them and everyone flocks to them. Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoon is simply a nightmare. We know where to go for London’s chain stores, but what about independent stores? How do you find London’s shopping secrets?
One way is to search around. London is such a large city, with so much to offer and this is part of what makes a visit so exciting. With so many streets and alleyways, full of shops, particularly in central London around Soho and Covent Garden you can spend hours browsing. The only downside is that you might find yourself browsing in the wrong areas and miss out on the truly great independent stores that London has to offer. London can be a difficult place to navigate for even the finest orienteer and you can sometimes find yourself lost and walking around in circles.
It is therefore advisable to look for some sort of shopping guide. A perfect example could be Shopikon, an online shopping guide that provides a unique look at London shopping. All stores are hand-picked by the editors with the mission of finding the best independent and local stores. Using a shopping guide means that you will be able to go directly to those hidden gems within the capital. You will be able to find those stores that only residents and those in the know have found and will be able to find clothing that not everyone on the high street is wearing, unique jewellery and furniture as well as some of London’s best markets.
Bill Weston writes on a number of subjects including London Shopping Guide You can find a London Shopping Guide at http://www.shopikon.com/