4-star Grand Royal Hotel is a preferred recluse for regular business travellers to London. This luxury property with its regal interiors and indulgent hospitality attracts business travellers and vacationers in equal numbers. Apart from these there is another category of tourists who frequent this capital city often. They are shoppers and come mostly from neighbouring countries and some from distant places as well.
London being a shopper’s paradise attracts shopaholics round the year. This city is equally famous for its magnificent outlets as well as retail districts such as Oxford Street, Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Covent Garden, Westfield and so on. The opportunities of shopping are so elaborate that you would get confused on your first visit to this city. These shopping areas would tempt and haunt you till your next visit. Whether it is clothes, jewellery, footwear, leather accessories, household appliances, books, sports goods, antiques, or handicrafts, there is nothing that London cannot offer. You name it and it is there for your taking.
The best way of shopping in London is explore each commercial area on foot and keep on collecting items while moving along. You could even spend an entire day in one area and stiil find a locality unexplored; such is the enormity of shops and markets in this city. Let’s set out to explore the important shopping zones on our visit to this city.
Oxford Street – Even a child knows that Oxford Street in the heart of London is a renowned shopping district. From legendary outlets like Debenhams, Selfridges, and John Lewis this street has over 300 shops to buy dress materials, accessories, shoes, furnishings, artefacts and so on. This street remains busy and crowded from late morning till late in the evening. In case the place becomes too crowded, then you could use by-streets to come out of this locality. At Berwick Street you could treat yourself to some yummy dishes. To access Oxford Street you could use Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road or Bond Street tube stations.
Carnaby Street – Just two minutes from Oxford Street is Carnaby Street, the place from where the fashion of Swinging 1960s begun. This street together with13 more neighbouring streets was the centre of activity in the 60s. In the entire territory there are over 150 designer brands having their exclusive outlets. In addition to heritage brands you would also get latest names in fashion wear from the many shops in this area. Here you would be getting pubs selling authentic ale and other regular spirits and wine. London’s best eateries, pubs and cafes are located here. If you want a true feel of English livelihood and culture, then Canaby Street is the place to be. Piccadilly Circus, and Oxford Circus are two tube stations for this area.
Mayfair and Bond Street – If you have a weakness for luxury clothes, premium brands, and niche items then Mayfair and Bond Street are the places to be in. Not only is an exclusive shopping district but is also famous for its opulent retail therapies. It is common to spot celebrities if you go exploring this area. Leading international brands like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Tiffany & Company are to be found here. Even if you do not feel like buying expensive items you should not miss a chance of visiting this locality. Even window shopping is a way of knowing Bond Street and Mayfair. Access to this locality is though Piccadilly Circus or Bond Street tube stations.
King’s Road – Your next shopping destination could be King’s Road. Here you could shop for designer brands of clothes, trendy fashion wear, and boutique products. In case you love decorating your home interiors (who does not), then you could check out at Cath Kidston, Heal’s, or Peter Jones. Never forget to visit Vivienne Westwood’s store from where punk culture began in the 1970’s. You need to reach Sloane Square tube station for visiting King’s Road.
Covent Garden – From the exclusivity of Bond Street and boutique fashion stores of King’s Road, you could move on to the more affordable and hip Covent Garden. This is a splendid place to look for unique gift items, handcrafted jewellery, and trendy attires including footwear. Cosmetics of funky variety and latest street wear could be bought from here. At Coven Garden Market you would be tempted to buy materials of art and craft. In the periphery of this area Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, Short’s Garden, and St. Martin’s Courtyard are interesting areas to shop. Leicester Square and Covent Garden tube stations serve this locality.
Knightsbridge – From one illustrious shopping district we move on to another, Kingsbridge. This is where you would find Harvey Nichols and Harrods, the destination for world’s most fashionable brands. Brompton Road and Knightsbridge are lined with renowned departmental stores and shops. You need to come to Knightsbridge tube station for this area.
Canary Wharf – While visiting Dockland and particularly Canary Wharf, you would discover magnificent shopping centres of this region. Canada Square is one such shopping centre boasting of an impressive 200 stores. From elite designer labels to smart street wear; all varieties are available in this shopping complex. Big names like Zara, Oasis, and lingerie brand Maya have their stores here. To reach Canary Wharf you must reach Canary Wharf station.
Notting Hill – This London market region is different from all others. If you are looking for rare antiques, vintage clothing, organic food, books and unusual gift items you must visit Notting Hill. 1-mile long Portobello Road Market has a rare distinction of stalls being set up daily. Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grave, and Notting Hill are tube stations in this region.
Westfield London – This is not only a shopping zone but also a place to meet and dine. This is Europe’s largest shopping centre selling 700 brands of merchandise including 275 premium ones. House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer, Next, and Debenhams have their stores in this centre.
4-star Grand Royale Hotel in an endeavour to attract shopaholics to this city offers special deals for two especially on weekends. Prior booking is advised as demand is perennially high for these special deals.