Shopping in London

Portobello Market

Portobello Market is a world famous Antique market based in Notting Hill, west London. Portobello Market is also well known by Portobello Road. Portobello Road goes straight through the middle of Notting Hill. Notting Hill is also known for the film made their named you guessed it right “Notting Hill” staring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. The road is very near to the Notting Hill Gate underground tube station. The other nearest station to Portobello market if you travelling from northwest is Ladbroke Grove. Saturdays get the maximum crowd and the market closes by 5 pm. The official market is held there every week on Saturdays. The road is filled with Antique shops, food stalls, and vegetable market when you cross the hill. You can expect to see variety of antiques and collectables from all around the world on this road. The market goes all the way to the “Flea market”. Under the west way you’ll see second hand clothes, books, jewellery stalls.

Now let’s dive into the interesting history of Portobello Market Briefly. Portobello was actually a farm. Many of the Antique shops, Pubs are mostly historic. The area of Portobello was originally a farm, named after Puerto Bello in the Caribbean in memory of Admiral Vernon who captured the in the late 1730’s.

Covent Garden

Covent garden in central London, is the place where you can exhibit live music performances in the piazza, organic pasty’s, Covent garden Soups, fruits, confectionaries, and European shops. Apple market is another great attraction for tourists and the cute shops around. Jubilee Market is another awesome market, specializing in Antiques. The best way to reach Covent Garden is by underground train, if you are travelling from the east you have to take the central line and then change at Holborn from there you can interchange to reach Covent Garden Tube Station. As Covent Garden is in the heart of London, it is well equipped with all the transportation, food, and shopping areas. The Jubilee Market is another great attraction in Covent Garden.

Covent Garden at Christmas Time
Covent Garden at Christmas Time

Covent Garden is surrounded with various restaurant and bars, where you can enjoy the best wine to the best Cornish pasties. Covent Garden has this unique blend of friendliness, traditional environment, which attracts tourists in high volumes. There are so many theatre experiences London is famous for. I never got a chance to visit the “London Transport Museum” which is in Covent Garden Piazza. The history of Covent Garden Market is a fascinating one. It served as a fruit and vegetable market, one of the biggest in England. It has since transformed beyond recognition with many fashion labels, theatre, and stores popped up.

Oxford Street

Oxford Street is the busiest street in the whole Europe. Oxford Street is a one and half mile of road stretch with shop on both the sides. The street starts from Tottenham Court to Marble Arch. It is crowded by shopaholics everyday, no matter if it is Monday or the weekends. What attracts most about this street is the shopping. Window shopping, high street labels, you name it, they have it here on this street showing of the latest in the fashion and technology. The most famous of all and the best known around is Selfridges. Britain’s niche brands all have their showrooms lined on this street from John Lewis, Selfridges, Marks and Spencer’s, Debenhams, Boots, Zara, JD Sports, French Connection, Massimo Dutti, Uni Glo, Swatch, Pull and Bear, Burtons, New Look and HMV to name a few. Another big attraction is Primark recently near the end of this road before Marble Arch Station. There are well over 500 shops on the high street and all majorly having their flagship stores there.

Oxford Circus Station during Olympics 2012
Oxford Circus Station during Olympics 2012

Oxford Street is also very famous for its Christmas lights which are decorated all above the road every year. The lights are turned on in November and are alighted until twelfth night. In the time of Christmas every shop does a new sort of shop windows. The most expensive ones are done by Selfridges. They decorate it differently every year. Shopping in Oxford Street can be very satisfying specifically at the times of Christmas, and in the months of March, when shops do the clearance for new stock to come for next season. Oxford Street becomes a hub for discount and bargain lovers. Fast food chains like Mc Donald’s, Subway, KFC, and Starbucks are also available on the street. Apart from this you can also enjoy some really good café’s at St Christopher’s place. You can reach Oxford Street via tube station which is Central line, and Jubilee line to hop of at Bond Street.

Westfield London

Westfield London is a great place to go shopping. It’s in the west London and the nearest tube stations are white city and shepherd bush market station. The best thing about Westfield is that it is huge and consist pretty much every high fashion label which you will see in high street markets of central London. In winters there is ice skating and many other decorations to attract shoppers from all parts of London and tourists. Designer labels to everyday grocery shopping all are available in the stores of Primark, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer’s, Waitrose, the village to name a few.

Westfield London Shopping center
Westfield London Shopping center

Westfield London Ice Skating
Westfield London Ice Skating