Bit of a blonde fact about me … When I packed my life in the 23kg luggage limit two years ago for London, I had NO idea what I was doing. I packed some pretty useless space consuming items like my pencil case (including a calculator, stapler, a set of staples and liquid paper) AND I was this close to bringing over my pillow too. I don’t know why, I just didn’t trust that London would have decent shops like they did in Australia. I know, pretty stupid right? Two years on, I want to buy everything here – clothes, shoes, electrical goods, baby clothes (not sure WHY as I have no need for them) – Everything! There’s just so much more variety here and with globally competitive prices and quality, I can’t believe how clueless I was thinking there’d be nowhere to shop in London.
So in response to a request I’ve had for a ‘Shopping tips in London post,’ here’s a list of my personal favourite places to shop
T-Styled Me’s favourite High street Stores
- Zara – The Oxford street store (near Bond street station) has the largest variety
- H&M – If you can’t stand Oxford St crowds, try the H&M concession in Selfridges
- Topshop in Oxford St esp. the ‘Boutique’ and ‘Emerging designers collections’
- COS – (Owned by same H&M co.) has great both classic & minimalistic designs
- Whistles – One of my faves! I love all the dresses, knits and jackets from here
- Reiss – You’ll find beautifully tailored dresses, classic male & female suiting here
- Urban Outfitters – Mixture of vintage and modern clothing and intl. brands
- Anthropologie on Regent street – Check out the jewellery & homeware sections
- Hobbs – I love the NW3 range for fun pieces for work – reminds me of Gorman!
- Warehouse / Dorothy Perkins / Next – Affordable work and casual wear
- Uniqlo – Perfect for winter thermals and um, seamless underwear
Cute shorts I found in Anthropologie on Regent street
Shorts from Warehouse, Top from Portmans, Blazer from Zara and Necklace from H&M
My H&M Summer Bargains
T-Styled Me’s favourite Department Stores
- Selfridges: Best.Department.Store.Ever ‘Pinkberry’ frozen yoghurt = bonus
- Harrods: Designer brands galore and an awesome foodhall I lose myself in
- Libertys: I love this place – so iconic to London with the best silk scarf selection
- John Lewis: Think DJs on a much larger scale – great for furniture & bedding
- House of Fraser: Think Myer on steroids. P.s They also stock Mimco here !
- Primark: This place is cheap and crazy but I battle the crowds because they have the best black opaque stockings for Winter
Matthew Williamson gowns (swoon!) in Harrods, Knightsbridge
T-Styled Me’s favourite Markets & Vintage Stores
- Borough Market: Food market – try Monmouth coffee & the Roast Roll (Yum!)
- Old Spitafileds market: near Liverpool st – I love all the stalls & quirky designs
- Portobello Market: Flea market meets antique stalls
- Greenwich Market: Smaller scale Spitafields market
Picked up this dress from a stall in Old Spitafields / Brick Lane market for bargain at £20!
T-Styled Me’s favourite Areas to shop
- Carnaby St: Off Regent street; A perfect alleyway of boutiques minus the crowd
- New Bond st: I still love my designer brands & always pop by A&F for a perve!
- Oxford & Regent St: Love it but avoid on weekends because I value my sanity
- Long Acre Street in Covent Gardens: High street stores without the big crowds
- Brick Lane: I love love love all the vintage stores down brick lane and Cheshire street and always manage to pick up a bargain
I found this beautiful antique ring at the vintage stores down Brick Lane for only £8 !
All these pics are from my Instagram (Follow me on @tstyledme)
I also recommend Bicester Village which I wrote about in a previous post if you have time while visiting London. I hope any potential visitors and Londoners found this post useful and feel free to add any other shopping gems you know about in London as well!
Have a great weekend guys! I’m off to Edinburgh to watch Olympic Football and to enjoy the Fringe Festival