Today, in the 3rd part of our series, we go for a shopping-trip to London. Let’s start at Oxford Street, London’s busiest shopping street. There you can find outlets of the most famous fashion-budget-labels: Gap, Dorothy Perkins, H&M, Miss Selfridge, Zara, Kookai… I recommend to look around in the store of French Connection UK (FCUK) located in 396 Oxford Street (reached with Central line tube, leave at Bond Street) in neighbourhood to the department store Selfridges. Let’s see, what Time Out London Visitors Guide publishes about French Connection: “As it’s cheeky double-take name suggests, this chain aspires to a cool, urban image with plenty of FCUK-off attitude. The clothes, while not cutting edge, are good quality. The well cut mannish trousers, neat denim jackets and little fitted sweaters here are all fabulous.”
For typical London souvenirs, the best address is Harrods in Knightsbridge (reached with Piccadilly line tube, leave at Knightsbridge station). Harrods is although famous for it’s food hall, even more since Krispy Kreme doughnuts have arrived.
Last but not least, you should not miss to visit one of the markets. A good tip is Portobello Road market in Notting Hill. Famous from the movie “Notting Hill” with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, this market is visited by tourists all over the world. Although, the market has retained it’s original character. Here you can find antiques, vintage-clothes and jewellery beside food stalls with fruits, cheese and crèpes (reached with Central, Circle or District line, leave at Notting Hill Gate).
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It was a great time in London last year, when we visited Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern Gallery, Millennium Bridge, St. Pauls Cathedral, Madame Tussaud’s…. In May we’ll be back – not for sightseeing but especially for shopping, for example at Carnaby Street: