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Visit Britain: Shopping in the Capital

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Explore London’s most exciting shopping destinations with this guide to the hottest spots in the city

 

 

From the biggest names in luxury to the joy of finding a unique piece in one of the city’s many independent stores, nothing beats a shopping trip to London. And it isn’t just fashion that thrives here: the vast array of jewellery retailers, antique dealers, gourmet food shops and drinks emporiums make it possible to find whatever it is that your heart desires.

Pictured: Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

Dining, Fashion, Travel

SOUTH

While visitors and locals await the opening in 2020 of what will be central London’s third largest retail destination – in Battersea Power Station – a trip to the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour is a must for interior- design lovers. Attracting both trade professionals and the general public alike, the Design Centre brings together a diverse range of world-class design talent, allowing visitors to gather inspiration and see the current trends and styles rst-hand. Everything from fabrics and wall coverings to furniture, lighting, accessories, tiles, carpets and outdoor living is showcased here.

 

WEST

Having recently undergone an expansion,Westfield London has boosted its shopping and entertainment space by 740,000 square feet. Many new shops and restaurants are already welcoming customers, but the openings will continue into the autumn. New stores include Emperor, Miller Harris, Penhaligon’s, Space NK and Chinese brand Urban Revivo, which is opening its first store outside Asia.

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Pictured: Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio. Photography by Hufton+Crow.

CENTRAL

The brainchild of Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, the five floors that comprise Dover Street Market are credited as the home of London’s avant-garde fashion scene. The featured designers put a huge amount of effort into the look of their retail spaces, with installations changing each season. Plus, with the Rose Bakery on the top floor, this is the perfect place to while away a few hours.

NORTH

This October sees the unveiling of an exciting new shopping destination in the capital. A collection of warehouses located in a former Victorian coal store in King’s Cross have been reworked by the famed Heatherwick Studio to create Coal Drops Yard. Home to more than 50 stores, restaurants and cafés, leading names opening stores here include Cubitts, Lost Property of London, Paul Smith and Tom Dixon.

EAST

Chic boutiques sit side by side with vintage shops and all manner of independent stores at Redchurch Street in central Shoreditch, located just around the corner from Shoreditch High Street. Check out A.P.C and Eizenstein for cutting-edge fashion and Nudie Jeans for all things denim. Stock up on cosmetics from Aesop or shop for contemporary interior luxuries at stores such as Elementary and Monologue.

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