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1. Posted by josie_seve (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I spent 8 months in the uk earlyer this year and only went into london once. i had alot of trouble looking for a main street to shop on. are there any places you recomend? and how would i get there on train or subway??? :(

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oxford Street via Regent Street. Train to Piccadilly Circus, walk up Regent, then either left or right into Oxford (probably left towards Marble Arch for better shopping).

3. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The principle shopping areas of London are in the areas known as "Chelsea", "Knightsbridge", "Oxford St", "Carnaby Street", "Camden".
Most people use the undergroud "tube" system and all web sites give you the name of the best or nearest tube station to use or use the buses if you are up to the challenge of working out route numbers and enjoying the fun.

If you have time take a trip on an open top bus, "London Big Bus" ( is one of them that we use many times with friends, you buy a ticket for 24 hours, then you hop off and hop on as many times as you like at places that interest you, this includes some of the shopping areas.........

More information can be found on web sites like these, you can browse through them and find the places of interest to you.

If you want to get back to me for more help please do that and I will do what I can.

4. Posted by yolandac8 (Full Member 159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oxford Street is the main shopping street as well as Regent Street towards Picadilly Circus
For books: charing cross
For electronic goodies: tottenham court road (near the tube station)
For healthier pockets: knightsbridge

Try also the markets: Portobello was my fauvorite. Camden is also great, but much more crowded though.

Hope it helps!!!

5. Posted by yolandac8 (Full Member 159 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

tube is far much better!!!!

6. Posted by Punkii (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yup definitely check out Oxford Street, there are a bunch of big department stores that are bound to have what you are looking for. Carnaby Street, not far from Oxford Street is a good place for clothes shopping. There are also lots of smaller independent boutique style shops in Covent Garden, which is my fave place to go shopping.

Personally, I think Camden is over-rated, but I love Portobello Road markets. Spittalfields markets near Liverpool Street tube is good too, but not as big.

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

oo oo oooooo!!!

Covent garden is my fave place to shop in the whole world, with little boutiques like apple tree and big stores like diesel and urban outfitters (wow! what a shop) right next to each other...
whoops, just saw that was already posted, so ummmmm let me think, Kensington is cool, but a little pricey, Oxford street is great at xmas! with all the lights and stuff, lets face it anywhere you catch in London is fab for shopping, Carnaby street is great, Punkii seems to have the best places nailed anyway...I am superflous to needs

8. Posted by monkeycat (Full Member 109 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Oxford street....HORRIBLE PLACE.
It is full of chain stores, ie GAP, Starbucks, McDonalds. H&M, Topshop and so on. I am not saying that these are bad places (apart from Starbucks and MCD's!!) You can get some great clothes and bargins in the stores when the sales are on, but if you go at Christmas there probably won't be many of them. It's just that there are soooooo many people that it is not a pleasant place to be. Have a look on the websites of these shops and find ones that are a near where you are staying. Covent Garden during the week is great, go down to Neals Yard which has some funky little bars and cafes for a coffee after shopping on Thomas Neal st. Portabello market is best on a friday morning (or any time on friday), as is Camden town. All the stalls are open, but there are a lot less people. By the way Covent garden gets heaving at the weekends too.

9. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

yeah oxford street is the main hub of high street shopping action, you have everything huge Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Zara.......if you are wanting designer stuff, you can find it all in close proximity in Bond Street(also Selfridges, a department store) is near by....covent garden is another good area...if you are wanting vintage stuff head to portobello or Brick Lane...theres a great place called Beyond Retro down in the Brick Lane area, cheap vintage clothes and the place is huge!