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Published August 15th 2012
Prepare to part with your cash and do some serious shopping
Shopping. Every woman's favourite pastime. Who cares if your wardrobe is already full to the brim with clothes, there is always a need for more! London is home to all of the best brands-high street and designer. Better still, each area of London offers it's very own shopping experience whether it's the eclectic vintage shops in the east or the high-end boutiques in the west. So where are the best places in London to shop?
1) Portobello Market Portobello Market situated in the Notting Hill area is the ultimate vintage shopping experience. Fur Coats, retro handbags, a kooky top hat if you will, this is the market to head for if you're looking to stand out from the crowd and look original. A beautiful vintage handbag can be obtained for as little as a tenner and the market stall owners are always up for a bit of bartering. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Portobello Market is perfect for a Saturday afternoon out with friends.
2) Westfield If you class yourself as a 'serious shopper' then the Westfield Shopping centre in Shepherds Bush is the ultimate challenge for you. With over 300 stores from a Topshop to Kurt Geiger and Mulberry, you will almost certainly find all that you are looking for here. And a bonus is you will get your exercise of the day in simply by walking from one side of the vast centre to the other.
3) Harrods The upmarket Knightsbridge is home to the world-famous Harrods. Founded in 1834, this luxury department store is a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. This store is like a wonderland for shopaholics, with departments including women's fashion, home ware, beauty and even a luxury pet shop. Decorated in a wonderfully opulent manner, simply walking around this store is a treat. And not many places can boast having an Egyptian staircase.
4) Covent Garden If you're looking for a relaxed shopping experience then Covent Garden is the direction to head. Home to both high-street and designer shops alongside a plethora of unique, stand-alone boutiques, Covent Garden has the perfect mix of options for fashionistas. Pit-stops are of course essential for the average shopper and there are lots of cute little cafes to down an espresso before continuing your hunt for that LBD that you've always wanted.
Department stores are the traditional go-to place for the hobby of shopping. In London you are spoilt for choice- Harvy Nichols and Liberty are both hugely popular choices alongside Selfridges, which is ideally located on London's top high street, Oxford Street. If you want to be treated like a princess while you shop then first stop should be here. Why not sample some makeup at the many stalls, or 'ooo and ahhh' at the luxury evening dresses. And customer service is of utmost importance for Selfridges- if you are on the hunt for something special, chances are Selfridges can hunt it down for you.
When it comes to shopping in London it's really quite simple; a) Know where the best places to shop are, and b) Don't forget your purse!