London shopping – Oxford Street, Harrods, Piccadilly…

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London fashion:

London is not exactly what you would call a fashion city like Paris and Milan, but you have to admit that Londoners dress with care and fashion has a lot to do with it.

They follow a priori all the trends, there are fashion boutiques everywhere and they don't dress in clothes at all, on the contrary.

It is therefore possible and even imperative to shop in this city where elegance and class meet everywhere.

For those who want to make a full supply, the department stores are the most advisable, there are a dozen of them in London and most have cafes and restaurants for short breaks.

Our suggested activity: Visit to Windsor Castle with lunch at Harrods

You have the choice between Oxford street, John Lewis, Debenhams, Regent street, …

For the typical British haute couture look, check out Burberry, Jasper Conran, Pringle of Scotland, Stella McCartney or Vivienne Westwood.

For luxury items, Burlington arcade is the most famous place for jewelry and fashion accessories.

For fashion clothes, you will surely find what you want at Harvey Nichols, the London reference.

If you can't find shoes that fit your feet in this sumptuous store, go to Sloane Street, the prestigious brands gather there: Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Valentino.

As for cheap fashion, you will find it according to your tastes and your financial capacities on almost all the main streets of London: Primark, Topshop, Zara, Newlook, … You will be spoiled for choice.

Meet under the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus. Provided you can find it...

To tell the truth, the statue in the middle of this crossroads between four main arteries of the West End does not represent Eros, but the angel of Christian charity.

Don't be too disappointed though. It is true that the groups of young punks have definitely given way to the masses of tourists.

Nevertheless the flashy advertisements are still there. Very showy invitation to the world of shopping.

From Piccadilly Circus, walk up Regent Street towards Oxford Circus and the bustling Oxford Street: this is London's main shopping street.

You will see Hamley's, the toy kingdom. For high-end craftsmanship, go to Liberty instead.

You will find in this "chalet" 10 types of fabrics to create all the combinations you want.

If you can find your way through the crowd, enter the galleries of major international groups like Nike.

You're not exactly where you'll find bowler hats...

To experience Londoners' favorite shopping mall, it's worth taking a trip to Selfridges.

Unless you prefer to breathe the air of ready-to-wear shops on South Molton Street, at very discounted prices.

Fashionable boutiques are also starting to spring up on Carnaby Street, the unmissable “come” of the “swinging sixties”.

But the kingdom of London shopping may be elsewhere: Harrods.

In the upscale neighborhood of Knightsbridge, the small corner grocery store Harrods has come a long way. Founded in 1849 by Mr Harrod, the shop has become a giant that sells everything.

Harrods itself was sold to Egyptian Mohammed Al-Fayed, father of Lady Di's partner. It is no coincidence that in Harrods you can visit the Lady Di memorial.

You will see the engagement ring of the princess who seduced the hearts of the English.

Harrods sits between the very residential areas of Belgravia and South Kensington.

It's a very British neighborhood. But if in the middle of Georgian houses, you happen to hear French spoken, calm down, it's not a dream!

Because South Kensington is one of the centers of the French expatriate community.

A good reason for this: the French high school is located here.

And there are also some good continental restaurants, such as the Michelin House in its art deco building or the "Raison d'Être", a brasserie with an almost inexhaustible menu.

For those who would like to get away from it all, end their shopping day with one of the best Indian tables, don't forget the Zaika restaurant.

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