Places to shop in London
Napoleon called England a nation of shopkeepers, and London proves him right. From huge malls to small, family-run shops, traditional markets to modern department stores; shopping in London has endless possibilities.
One of the best places to find a bargain is at Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. Filled with over 2,000 stalls, this huge market sells everything, including second-hand clothes, antiques and books. On Sundays, Petticoat Lane Market in Spitalfields is the place to buy clothes, and other big street markets can be found at Camden Lock and Brick Lane.
The prettiest market in London is the Columbia Road Flower Market. This is held in Tower Hamlets every Sunday, when the streets are filled with stalls of colourful flowers and plants. Book-lovers should head for the Southbank Book Market, under Waterloo Bridge.
Most markets include stalls that sell food and produce, but some London markets specialise in this. Borough Market in Bankside is the oldest food market in London, where producers from around the country display their wares under its wrought-iron arches. Other popular food markets are Venn Street Market, held on Clapham Common every Saturday, and Leadenhall Market in the City of London. Days out in London for lovers of both food and history should include a visit to Fortnum & Mason. This historic Mayfair department store, founded in 1707, specialises in food from around the world and has had many Royal Warrants; earning it the nickname of ‘the Queen’s grocer.’
For those looking for things to do that are under cover, London has some great indoor shopping centres. The largest ones are Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City. Westfield London is located at White City in Shepherd’s Bush and has about 255 stores and a 14-screen cinema. Westfield Stratford City, the third largest shopping centre in Britain, lies near the London Olympic Park in Stratford. As well as shopping in over 300 stores, it has lots to do on days out in London.
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