A trip to London is not complete without viewing the Buckingham Palace, taking a tour of the Houses of Parliament, or riding the London Eye. With that said, don’t rule out everyday activities. Even if you are traveling on a budget and have limited money for souvenirs, still checkout the great shops listed below.
The Portobello Road Market
The Portobello Road Market is one of the world’s largest antique markets. It is located in the Kensington and Chelsea neighborhoods of London.
On Saturdays, when the market is open, you will find rows and rows of booths setup by antique dealers and other vendors. Available for sale you can find a wide range of goods, including clothes, crafts, books, and art. Although the Portobello Road Market is only open on the weekends, nearby shops are open all week long.
The LK Bennett
Whether you are looking to purchase a new pair of shoes or if you want to browse one of the best stores in London, a stop at LK Bennett is advised. The LK Bennett is store located on 130 Long Acre near the Covent Garden neighborhood. It comes highly rated and recommended by those who love fashion.
Available for sale, you will find a large selection of designer-like shoes. These shoes include mules, boots, high heels, flats, and much more. Also, available is a small selection of clothes, many of which match great with their shoes. A friendly staff member will help you, regardless of your intent to make a purchase.
New Age Mysteries
New Age Mysteries is located at 9 Monmouth Street in the Covent Garden neighborhood. Although not your common top rated shop, it is popular among both tourists and residents.
At New Age Mysteries, you will find a large selection of books on some of the most interesting topics, including the paranormal. Self-help books, encyclopedias, and Feng Shui books are all popular buys. If you intend to visit this shop, call ahead and schedule a crystal ball, tarot card, or numerology reading. They are available for a small fee, but only by appointment.
Whistles is a popular, yet unique clothing shop located at 12 St. Christopher’s Place. It is considered a must visit for any female who has a flair for fashion.
Inside, you will find clothes that appear to be designer, but are much more affordable. In fact, that is why Whistles was created. The designer wanted all women in London to gain access to beautiful clothes, without having to pay thousands of dollars to do so. Don’t worry though, these clothes are fashionable, but ready-to-wear.
The Piccadilly Market
The Piccadilly Market is a hidden treasure. Why? Because of its location. Many are unaware that the St. James Church hosts this market.
At the Piccadilly Market, you will find antiques and other collectables available for sale on Tuesdays. From Wednesday to Saturday, you will find a large collection of arts and crafts. Even if you have no intention of making a purchase, come and take a look around.