Top 7 Favorite Stores in London

2010
05.18

1. Primark (499 Oxford Street London W1C 2QQ , Marble Arch station)

It’s just too good to be true. Cheapest prices in town. You will find there clothes and home decor. Not all items are worth buying though, either because of the questionable style or the obvious lack of quality (I’m a firm believer in the “if it doesn’t look cheap, no one knows it is” saying), but most of the time you can get a great deal out of trendy items.  Be prepared for long queues everywhere and excited teenage girls in large groups. To beat the crowds, get there early. I particularly love the shoes, the bags and the trendy sweaters section.

2. Jolie Moi (247 Camden High St, London, NW1 7BU, Camden Town station)

Independant store selling great unique items in a lively neighborhood. The quality offered is much higher than other stores on the High St,  resulting in no extravagant deals but nonetheless fair prices. Friendly owner. I particularly love their bag selection. Why not pay a visit to Camden Locks while you’re there and make the most out of your time there.

3. Topshop (216 Oxford St, London, W1N 7AF, Oxford Circus station)

Fashionista milestone. It just doesn’t get better than this. Not only do they offer the most trendy clothes in London, but they also have a nice selection of basic items often paired with 2 for 1 sales. Gotta love the ground floor dedicated to accessories and make-up. Ladies clothes are downstairs, including the exclusive Kate Moss collection.

4. Sainsbury’s Camden Road (17-21 Camden Road, London, NW1 9LJ, Camden Town station)

The Mecqua for any foodie in London. The store offers a tremendous variety of food, from veggies to breads to meat to condiments.The Sainsbury’s brand is also of very good quality. I do miss my sundried tomatoes and my white Stilton apricot cheese. Convenient operating hours. This branch definitely doesn’t go unnoticed with a sleek, modern architecture that somewhat stands out from the rest of the borough.

5. London Transport Museum Shop (Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB, Covent Garden or Charing Cross stations)

The shop offers a wide variety of quirky things and gifts displaying the famous roundel, from ice cube trays to shower curtains. They also have a great selection of highly designd and pretty items and a vast collection of vintage posters. They also ship worlwide.

6. Paperchase (213-215 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7PS T, Goodge St station)

Great place for gift shopping that does not involve tacky souvenirs. Artistic material on the 1st floor but the ground floor has many, many postcards, including hilarious and imaginative ones. I have a thing for their coordonated make-up cases.

7. Twinings (216, Strand, London, WC2R 1AP, Temple station)

Iconic tea store, dating back from 1717. Amazing selection. Make sure to pay a visit to the adjacent tea  & Twinings family museum. Not necessarly cheap to buy separately but My favorite flavor: white cranberry tea.

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