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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: 71 Comments

  1. Jewel Byars

    I heard a lot of good thing about the Covent Garden. My sister-in-law went there, and she brought me a top from Burberry.

  2. Deborah Maynard

    20,000 square feet?!!! That’s a huge store!!!!!! Louis Vuitton is a pretty good signature brand, especially that they are collaborating with a different brand as well. Supreme x Luis Vuitton is quite expensive tho.

  3. Ben Fulton

    Thanks for giving me tips where to bring my wife. We’re going to Paris on our anniversary, and that will be in two weeks. She loves shopping, and she will love this place. I can’t wait to bring her here!

    • Rosalie Wade

      Lucky wife. My husband can’t even bring me in another state of America. Lol

  4. Alicia Worrell

    Laudrée is pretty expensive!!! When I was in Paris, I ate there. I was shocked about my bill because it cost me a lot. I did not expect my bill will be like that.

  5. Patrick Fortune

    It means macaroon is from Paris? It’s my favorite food, but I have no idea where it’s from. I thought it’s an American food. Hehe

  6. Joyce Shealy

    I’m wondering how rich are you, Hilary. Damn, you are very rich I think. Going to different places, and shopping at the fashion capital of the world? You are rich as gold!

    • Mary Washburn

      I thought I’m the only one getting curious about how rich she is.

  7. Earline Wilham

    I envy you, Hilary. You are a lucky woman. I can’t even afford to buy plane tickets going to Paris, how much more the dresses there.

  8. Chelsea Handley

    WOW! This made me want to visit Paris now. I wonder how am I going to feel when I am shopping at these stalls.

  9. Betty Whitmer

    Galeries Lafayette is my favorite shopping place in Paris. I’ve been to it many times. It’s a good place to visit if you are looking for a good deal of items.

  10. Karen Hyde

    Paris!!!!!! I always dream about going to shopping and staying in Paris. If you’re a shopaholic like me, paradise means Paris.

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