If you are relocating, one of the first things that you will need to know is where to shop, and we’re not talking about running to the corner shop to get a pint of milk and a loaf of bread type of shopping. If you are going to behere for a while then this is that chance to indulge yourself at some of the world finest department stores.  This is one of the greatest shopping centres in the world, with a massive variety of experiences for you to choose from. Big department stores to bespoke designer outlets. High streets fashion to funky flea markets. Here the entire world spread out for you to enjoy.

Top Tips for Shopping

  • Some of the high-end department stores are quite expensive and if you are a newcomer then you might find it useful for a time to convert the prices that you see back into your own currency so that you have an idea of the actual cost of items compared to back home.
  • Value Added Tax is added to all items in the shops and it is usually included in the marked price, but be sure to enquire. VAT is set to rise quite sharply in 2011, up to 20%, which may make a huge difference to the price.
  • If you are buying electronic goods like televisions and DVD’s as well as computer games that you will take back to your home country, you might find that they do not work in the States or Canada. Just be sure to check that they are able to work before you buy them.
  • Al stores accept most major brands of credit and debit cards. MasterCard and Visa are the most popular as well as American Express and Diners Club. England operates on the ‘chip and pin’ system, so ensure that you have set this up before you leave home. Most major US banks will be able to advise you on how to go about this.
  • When you are out shopping, it always pays to be aware of your surroundings. For all its charm, it is still a big city and there is always a risk of bag snatchers and pickpockets. Just keep your eyes open and your cash close.

There is nothing like steeping into the world of traditional shopping and some of the worlds classiest stores are to be found in the heart of London. The best places to shop are Bond Street, Regent Street and of course, the world famous Oxford Street. London is also filled with smaller, more contemporary areas such as the Camden Market and the other flea markets. If you are looking for fresh produce and groceries, then the best bet is to browse through some of the most famous markets that offer fresh food from all over England and Europe on a daily basis.

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