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The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Where to go shopping in Europe’s fashionista mecca’s.

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A quick $70, two-hour Eurostar ride later, I was in London.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

London

The first thing you’ll notice in London is how seamlessly it blends modernity and tradition. I arrived at the Kensington Hotel, a boutique luxury destination located within walking distance to several shopping districts and famous attractions.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Kensington Hotel, London

I jumped on the blue Piccadilly tube (in London, the subway is called the “tube”) line, on my way to do some serious shopping. The tube can pretty much get you anywhere in and around London. It’s almost always busy but far cheaper than a traditional black taxi (and safer than walking into cars driving on the left side of the road!). I got off at Leicester Square to visit Covent Garden, a unique shopping market. Part outdoor flea market, part designer strip mall, there’s a sea of shopping options.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Covent Garden in London

Arriving in the early evening, Covent Garden was busy, with locals lining up for one of the many trendy restaurants. On the plus side, that meant the stores were less packed. I browsed the top British brands, like Mulberry and Burberry, as well as other high-end stores I’d never heard of, like East, featuring fabulous dresses and some heavenly handbags. I couldn’t resist the fun tourist-designed stores like the Build-a-Bear Workshop (build a shopping buddy!).

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Covent Gardens in London

For a break, I took in the juggling street act – there’s always some performance going on, especially in the summer time. By late afternoon, I walked away with a teddy bear and some divine homemade cookies from Ben’s Cookies, but all the designer stores and local influences left me inspired for another day of shopping!

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

The famous shoe floor in Harrods

The two biggest shopping districts in London are Knightsbridge and Oxford Street. Knightsbridge is home to Harrods, the famous luxury British department store featuring everything from gourmet jam to designer fashion. Be sure to check out their famous shoe floor. Harrods is a tourist attraction, but one you can visit on your way to the one-of-a-kind shops in the area.

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Shopping on Oxford Street

Just a little north of Knightsbridge is Oxford street – cue the dreamy music – with over 300 stores to choose from. Starting at Topshop, I was truly like a kid in a candy store with tops and dresses in every color and cut to suit every shape. I settled on three tops and two dresses – all for less than the price of one designer piece!

The Fashionista’s Guide to Paris and London

Selfridges department store in London

You can’t visit Oxford Street without a trip to the original department store – Selfridges. Opened in 1909, it revolutionized shopping at the time and still draws in shoppers to its 19,000 square feet of retail wonder – and that’s just the main floor! Definitely pricier than Topshop, the store specializes in luxury brands but features up and coming designers as well, like Preen and Zoe & Morgan. I splurged on a pair of spikey Zoe & Morgan earrings – my designer London purchase.

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After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

Reader Discussion: 126 Comments

  1. Florence Frederick

    The fashion capital of the world is Paris, right? Look at those clothes, they are very attractive. I can imagine myself shopping in that place, but I should work hard first. Lol

  2. Helen Boone

    While I am reading this, and seeing the picture of the Big Ben, I can’t imagine London without this huge clock.

    • Francis Vest

      I agree! It’s not London without it.

  3. Edna Badillo

    I wonder how much this trip cost you? Damn, it’s Paris and London! \everything in that place is expensive.

  4. Kathryn Diego

    I love this article! It’s all about how good the Paris is. After the terrible incident las time, Paris is standing up again.

  5. Robert Patel

    My girl will freak out if she sees this. Hi, Hon! I know you’re going to ask me about our trip to Paris, and let’s talk about it.

  6. Kathleen Mcalister

    London is Paris is a total perfect combination of vacation! How’s your vacation aside from going to shops?

  7. Brett Lee

    There’s an attack in London just this week. Let us pray for their safety. London is a good place to visit, but if it is not safe, the tourist might not want to go there.

  8. Louise Rose

    When I was in London, I only sleep. I was very tired of work, and business meetings. Shopping on that day is not on my schedule.

  9. Emily Okeefe

    Have you heard the massive acid attack in London shopping center? That was scary! But that won’t stop me.

  10. Felicia Abbate

    When I become rich, I will shop at Paris! I will buy that signature brands!

    • Stephen Tan

      Then you must work for it. For you to become rich, you must work hard.

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