London is home to thousands of shops, more than 500 alone in Oxford Street. From famous stores such as Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty, and Harvey Nichols through to quirky stalls in Camden Market, Portobello Road and Petticoat Lane, London has it all. Browsing online before hitting the streets can save wasted time and money. Checking out the categories and relevant links below is at least a helpful start.
Map of London's main markets
An easy map from StreetSensation identifies the key markets, what is sold, and opening hours.
Encyclopedia of London's markets
Wikipedia gives an extensive list of markets throughout London and gives comprehensive information on most.
The world famous Portobello market, renowned particularly for antiques has its own dedicated website.
Covent Garden has a number of market stalls and is especially a vibrant tourist favourite for people watching with bars, cafes and street entertainers.
London West End
Comprehensive information, maps and details of stores in Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street, Carnaby Street, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
Major shopping centres
Visit London lists the key shopping centres and malls and gives further detail and links on each.
Popular shopping streets
StreetSensation identifies the main shopping streets with visual streetscapes and links to key shops.
The Westfield Centre is London’s largest shopping mall and is home to both designer and high street labels.
Top Department Stores
Visit London provides good detail what it considers to be the top ten department stores with full information on each.
Further top shops
London Town gives its take on the top ten London shops and drills down on each.
Best 50 shops
Time Out lists what it considers to be the best 50 shops in London with famous to some lesser known names.
Wide range of shop suggestions
WhyWaitForever gives a clear and useful listing of numerous London shops by category of goods on offer.
Boutiques & latest styles
London Fashion week's website is much more than its name suggests – a comprehensive reference on London’s fashion boutiques and styles.
Time Out’s editorial on what it considers to a number of top capital designer boutiques
Boutiques & markets
Visit London gives its pickings of men’s and women’s designer fashion boutiques and markets.
Events 366 lists a number of current and upcoming fashion events and further allows for subscription for an even fuller listing.