If you enjoy shopping, London is the perfect shopping destination to visit. If you do not get what you want to buy in London, chances are slim of finding it anywhere else in the world. The shopping options are diverse ranging from the best of haute couture to electronics, homeware to cosmetics. It is where you will find some of the most iconic department stores, shopping centres, high-street stores and of course world famous street markets.
When selecting a hotel to stay in London, there are some fabulous 4-star hotels in London, which offers good discounts and special deals at various times of the year. If you look around you could strike a sweet deal and stay in luxury and comfort, when in the city.
For those visitors looking to stay close to the airport, the Park Grand London Heathrow hotel is a good choice. The hotel is well connected to London through a variety of public transport links. The Park Grand Hotel is popular among business travellers to London.
Another excellent option is the Best Western Plus, which offers the best of amenities and comforts at an affordable price.
The Market opens on Wednesdays, Thursdays (10am-5pm), Friday (10 am-6pm) and Saturday (8am-5pm). The market has existed in the area since 1014, which makes it among the oldest markets in the city. It is located adjacent to London Bridge, across the Thames and opposite to the Tower of London. A fabulous place to visit for gourmands and a great pit-stop for lunch!
There is a wide variety of delicacies found in Borough Market. From the best fresh fish and chips, to produce, smoothies to the finest chocolates you will find them all and more in the market. What makes the market unique is that you can find almost every type of ingredient you can think of. From flavoured salts to Spanish and Italian treats they are all sold here. There are plenty of options for vegetarians too to explore their culinary choices. For seasonal produce, the ideal time to visit is spring or summer, although the market is great to visit all year round. Christmas is when the market is stunningly transformed with decorations and you can feast on the best festive treats including cakes, pastries and mulled wines. It is best to visit the place early in the morning to beat the crowds.
The market is open for business Tuesdays to Sundays(10 am-5:30 pm. A market has always existed in the area since the 14th century. In its early days, it was famous for poultry, meat, eggs, fish etc. Over time that changed to crafts and street food stalls. If you are looking for the best in artisan crafts this is the place to visit. You can buy mementoes, souvenirs and there are plenty of food stalls from across the globe, along with jewellery and other items. It is great to visit at any time of the year with summer the ideal time. Sundays are when the market is teeming with tourists and locals alike. If you are looking to enjoy a traditional English market experience this is the place to head to.
Old Spitalfields Market:
It opens for business on the following days and times: Monday-Wednesday (10am-5pm), Thursday (9am-5pm), Friday (10am-4pm), Saturday (11am-5pm) and Sunday (9am-5pm). Around 300 & 400 AD it served as a Roman cemetery. In fact, in 1999, archaeologists found an ornate sarcophagus containing the remains of a local woman from Roman times.
Spitalfields is brimming with diversity and rich in history. Hoxton and Shoreditch which are nearby are popular for street art by Banksy and his ilk. Brick Lane in the neighbourhood popularly referred to as Curry Lane is famous for its food stalls. For the adventurous, join a Jack the Ripper Tour along the streets of Whitechapel, terrorised by the infamous murderer.
In terms of shopping Mondays to Wednesdays is when you can find a variety of items including clothes, gifts, footwear and knick-knacks. On Thursdays, the antique fair is very famous. Fridays are popular for art and fashion items. Visit on Saturdays and you will find themed markets which change every week. Sunday is especially good for cheese and delicatessen items. The month of November is the best time to visit the market when the crowds tend to dwindle.
Covent Garden Market:
The market opens on Mondays to Fridays (10am-9pm), Saturdays (9am-8pm) and Sundays (11.30am-6pm). It is a covered market situated in the central piazza and one of the most popular markets in London. Covent Garden where the market is located is spread over a neighbourhood filled with independent shops and cafes. It is found in the West End of the city and lies in the Boroughs of Westminster and Camden.
It is famous for its trendy shopping options, with top British brands along with well known international fashion labels as well. There are numerous boutiques in the area where you can shop for brands like Burberry, Laduree, Chanel and the list goes on. One of the best spots to grab a bite is Shake Shack popular for its American styled burgers. The area is also famous for its street performers locally known as buskers that include acrobats, musicians, artists etc. The months of March and April, the spring season, is the best time to walk around and explore the area.
Portobello Market: The market functions from Mondays to Wednesdays (9am-6pm), Thursdays (9am-1pm) and Fridays to Saturdays (9am-7pm). The market derives its name from Porto Bello farm that once existed in the area. It runs through Notting Hill Street made famous by the eponymously titled movie. There are plenty of shops and stalls selling an eclectic mix of items. Fridays is a good time to drop in because of the food market hosted that day. The market is at its best on Saturdays and Sundays, although it gets rather crowded.