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Where is the best shopping in London?

Where are the best places to get English products and specific items that are not for tourists?

9 Answers

top answer by
Lewis from London

Hit up the markets a quick google search will show you where they are... Borough Market and Maltby St are good. Camden Market is excellent also.

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  2. Maltby St (attraction)
  3. Camden Market (attraction)
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answered by
C from London

Try any old supermarket - Sainsbury's has a good supply of proper English items and Little Waitrose is a bit more upmarket and also aims to get local produce into their stores.  Obviously Lidl and Aldi have more european stuff

for your local shops - if you are in london you should go to Borough Market or one of the many farmers markets that take place all over town (usually weekends).

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  2. Little Waitrose (attraction)
  3. Lidl (attraction)
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  5. Borough Market (attraction)
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answered by
Lucy from London

Hi Isa

A random selection of places that would be great for a London gift but aren't touristy souvenir shops: Jo Malone in Covent Garden (or a few other places) has lovely fragrances, body and bath products with very English-y flower and plant scents, Paxton & Whitfield Ltd is a very old-fashioned London cheese shop with expert owners, look in the little gift shops in places like Royal Opera House or museums and galleries, and Smythsonor Aspinal of London for little luxury things like notebooks or keyrings (as well as expensive bags and purses). Cute and quirky design products (homewares and stuff) which make great gifts and often stocks British makers and designers can be found at The Conran Shop.

Hope that helps!


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  2. Paxton & Whitfield Ltd (restaurant)
  3. Royal Opera House (attraction)
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  5. Aspinal of London (attraction)
  6. The Conran Shop (attraction)
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answered by
Anna-Fee from Freiburg im Breisgau

Check out Marylebone High St in London. Loads of good stores! My favourites are The Natural Kitchen, an organic food store and Daunt Books, one of the lovliest bookstores I've ever been to. 

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answered by
Michael from London

When you say non-tourist, John Lewis springs to mind. A UK chain of stores that has a reputation for quality and the best customer service. Another one to check out (pardon the pun) is Liberty & Co on Regent Street. It is a fantastic old building as well, so can be a little touristy. If you like books, then you can't miss Hatchards which is also a lovely building. For foodie things I would have to say Fortnum & Mason.

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Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

The easiest answer is Harrods.  They have everything.  You can find unique gifts and also a ton of foodie items in the basement where they have an entire food hall.  One stop shopping!

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If you like British Menswear Stuarts London in Shepherds Bush is one of my favorite shopping spots based at 35 Uxbridge Rd

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answered by
barbara from Omaha

I like Harrods, lots of nice shops in the Knightsbridge area.  Also Selfridge's is totally remodeled and very nice.  Selfridges is near the Bond street area, very good shopping.  Most of these stores in these areas are expensive, since our $$$ is not the best.

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answered by
Scott from San Francisco

Spitalfields Traders Market and Sunday Up Market.  Both have unique very high quality items by artisans.  Plus at Spitalfields, there's great food - Square PieMontezuma's Chocolates, and then the stands have plenty of great purveyors of things including the vegan Rainforest combo thing which I don't remember the name of.  

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  2. Sunday Up Market (attraction)
  3. Square Pie (restaurant)
  4. Montezuma's Chocolates (restaurant)

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