After a very enjoyable stay in the West End of London, we are now on our way to a shopping spree stop in London’s shopping haven part of town.
Staying at our hotel at Marble Arch will give you access to all the prime shops and areas that a shopping adventure in London should include. From here, you start with a stroll down Oxford Street.
This street is home to numerous major department stores, flagship stores but also hundreds of smaller shops. In central London, it is the biggest shopping street and runs for approximately one and a half miles from Marble Arch through Oxford Circus to St Giles Circus. Eastwards, the road then becomes New Oxford Street, which has even more additional shops to offer.
For a slightly more luxury experience without any department stores, continue your way down Regent Street. Architect John Nash originally designed the street, although all his original buildings except for a church have been replaced. In the early 19th century, the street was an early example of town planning in England as it cut through the original street patterns in a curve. While enjoying the shops and window displays, make sure to look at the beautiful top ends of the buildings. Every building in Regent Street protected as a listed building.
For an even broader range of high priced fashion shops, visit Bond Street, which runs north south between Oxford Street and Piccadilly and has been a fashionable shopping street since the 18th century. Some say that Bond Street is one of the most expensive strip of real estate in the world.
Close to Bond Street and Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade runs down the side of Burlington House, an impressive old building that now hosts the Royal Academy of Arts. Burlington Arcade is the most celebrated of three 19th-century arcades along Piccadilly. The other two, Princes and Piccadilly Arcade, are on the south side of the street.
All three are well known for their selection of luxury goods and represent a haven away from the traffic of the busy Piccadilly and Regent Street.
If you would like to not only browse around but visit one or a few stores in particular, this Shopping directory can help you look up the stores’ locations.
For a shopping break for lunch or dinner, we would recommend to you to check out St Christophers Place, which is located just off Oxford Street and has a wide array of places, including cafes, pubs and cuisines from many different countries: Chinese, Egyptian, French, Italian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Pan-Asian, Italian, Seafood, Tapas, Thai, Turkish.
Generally, you will be able to find many different places in the small streets off the main ones, which often offer a surprisingly great range of different choices to fill those hungry stomachs.