Central London W1 Shopping
Central London W1
|Dover Street Market|
Renowned as one of the world’s fashion capitals, London boasts a plethora of shopping experiences. The choice is endless from high street to high end, vintage boutiques, street markets, flagship luxury department stores to obscure pop up shops. There are just too many options to write about each one so, if you are only in London for a long weekend this is my choice of whats hot and where to shop……
|Topshop Flagship store on Oxford Circus|
The High Street
Lined with international shops and department stores, Oxford Street and Regent Street are the two main high street shopping streets in central London. For my foreign (and non-London) readers this is also where you’ll find the flagship Topshop, H&M and Zara stores. The original Selfridges & Co department store is here too, nearest to Bond Street tube station. Other central London high street shopping destinations include Covent Garden (great for shoes, urban wear and holistic stores), Westfield Shopping Centre, Marylebone High Street, High Street Kensington and Kings Road.
The High End
If you’re more into your Gucci than your Gap and know your Marni from your M&S, you need to head to Bond Street and Sloane Street. The two luxury shopping areas are filled with international designer names – Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, the list goes on. Other more niche designer destinations have sprung up in recent years, namely Mount Street and Dover Street, where the well versed fashion hunter will find designers such as Balenciaga, Acne and McQ.
|Marylebone High Street|
|Head to Savile Row for a quintessentially British tailoring experience|
|Shop and view art installations at Dover Street Market|
|Wolf & Badger on Dover St|
|Three floors of heaven on Dover Street!|
Another niche Mayfair shopping destination which has been expanding in the last couple of years is Mount Street. The location of Londons first Marc Jacobs store, the upscale area now also houses Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and The Connaught Hotel (which is where editor of US Vogue, Anna Wintour stays when she’s in London for fashion week!) If you’re feeling flash with the cash have breakfast at The Connought and lunch at Scott’s!
Soho and Carnaby
You’ve all heard of Carnaby Street for it’s swinging sixties credentials, today filled with tourists, it houses mainly high street and mid range labels, including Office, Monki, Kooples, and Pretty Green (Lian Gallagher’s modish clothing label). The independent boutique ‘B Store‘ on Kingly Street, just by Liberty is worth a look if you’re in the area.
‘Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper’ Oscar Wilde once said of Arthur Liberty’s famous department store established in 1875. Its magnificent tudor frontage is instantly recognisable and the magical displays inside bring together art, english eccentricity and commerce. Liberty has always been one of my favourite stores in the London.
|Fairy lights at Kingly Court|
Not Officially in W1, but they are central, shopping tourists should try and visit at least one of the famous Markets in London.
As seen in the film Notting Hill. Open all week, Friday and Saturday are the fashion market days. 8am – 6.30pm. Friday is always quieter and better for bargain hunting. Best for? Vintage clothes, accessories, antiques and old jazz vinyls (if you have a record player). It’s a London treasure, a must for tourists!
Not specifically one market, there are a few in the area. Have brunch in nearby Primrose Hill, then head to camden for a browse around the markets, maybe a pint at the Hawley Arms (which used to be Amy Winehouse’s hang out) or the Lock Tavern, is a chilled way to end your long weekend of shopping in London.
|Celine concession at Dover Street Market|