Living in London means that you’re living in one of the world capitals for shopping, fashion and fine items. London has some fairly unique shopping areas, but if you’re an American moving here you may be slightly put off by the fact that there are not many super-malls here, something other American expats living in London have already become accustomed to. Shopping areas are along the high street and spread out across the city. Each neighborhood will have its own streets that contain all of the shops you need, but if you’re new and want to explore some of the famous areas then you’ll have to head into central London and splash some cash around.

Oxford Street: This is one of the most famous shopping streets in the city of London. Oxford Street is extremely busy, so if you can make your trip during the week, you’ll have more time and space for window shopping. Oxford Street has all of the big brand name stores like John Lewis, Debenham’s and Selfridges.

Bond Street: the perfect place if you’re looking for some serious jewelry. If you’re not in the market for diamonds then it’s the perfect place to browse the elegant and high priced jeweler and antique dealers.

Regent Street: Home to the famous Hamleys children’s store which is a little like FAO Schwarz, just older, slightly larger and with a wider range of children’s toys. Hamleys is quite something to see and grown up children will love it just as much as the little ones.

The King’s Road: This area is less crowded that other parts of London, but that is probably because you’re going to have to spend quite a bit of money if you’re shopping in the King’s Road. High-end designers and brand name stores, including the fabulous Peter Jones department store.

Tottenham court Road: if you’re looking or electronics and electrical equipment, the Tottenham Court Road is the best place to go when you’re in London. Spend some time comparing prices before you buy. Nothing spells price increase more than a foreign accent!

Shopping is one of the marvels of living here. You can find everything you need close at hand, but if you are desperate for some mall shopping then there are a number of options a little way out of town.


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