Shopping Destinations in London
London is a shopper’s paradise and undeniably one of the best places in the world for shopping. There’s plenty of shopping opportunities in London to shop till you drop and practically empty your wallet. Furthermore, London is a city that caters to all kinds of shoppers from those hunting for cheap bargains to those searching for luxury items from leading brands.
Shopping in London includes the small independent stores, high street chains, classy boutiques, the shopping centres and large department stores. From cheap bargains to the most exclusive brands, you can find a bewildering mix of merchandises. Items include fashionable clothes, leather goods, accessories, jewellery, watches, electronic items, perfumes and artworks to name a few.
The famous Harrods department store in London by Sokkk y
There are several popular shopping hot spots in London. You could probably spend a whole day at each destination for some retail therapy or just window-shopping. The following are some of the most popular shopping destinations that should be on the list while in London.
Bond Street is a prestigious shopping street in London with its elegant stores, designer brands and the prices that go along with it. The stretch is the shopping playground of the rich that is synonymous with luxury goods, high fashion and fine jewellery from the world’s most exclusive brands. Shopping on Bond Street
Bond Street by Dickbauch
Carnaby Street is a pedestrianised shopping street in the Soho neighbourhood and home to a large number of independent fashion boutiques and emerging British labels. The street is popular with London’s young and trendy shoppers searching for affordably priced clothes. Shopping on Carnaby Street
King’s Road is a major shopping street in the Chelsea neighbourhood and unlike other major shopping destinations in London, the pace here is pleasant and unhurried. You’ll find an eclectic mix of upmarket high street retailers, designer stores and fashion boutiques here. Shopping on King’s Road
Knightsbridge is an affluent London neighbourhood and fashionable retail district renowned for its luxury stores, fashion houses and upmarket department stores. London’s famous Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores are located right here in Knightsbridge. Shopping in Knightsbridge
Oxford Street is a major thoroughfare in London’s West End as well as a busy shopping street with more retail space than in any other parts of London. The street is a shopper’s paradise with over 300 stores that include designer outlets and department stores offering major brands. Shopping on Oxford Street
Oxford Street by Adrian Pingstone
Regent Street is another major thoroughfare and busy shopping street in London’s West End. The street is home to high street retailers, designer boutiques and big-box stores including Liberty’s department store and Hemleys, the world’s oldest and largest toy store. Shopping on Regent Street
Value Added Tax
There’s a 20 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UK for purchases of most goods and services. International visitors residing outside the European Union (EU) can claim VAT refunds for purchases made from designated stores. Most stores in London do not have services for VAT refunds but those that do will prominently display the ‘Tax-Free Shopping’ sign. Depending on the store, the minimum purchase to apply for a VAT refund is £30-50. To apply, shoppers must request for a tax-free form from the store, complete the form and with it attach the receipts. Before leaving the UK and the EU, submit the attached form at the airport or seaport to process your claims for a refund.
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