There are very few places in London that you can’t indulge in some serious shopping; it’s just a matter of deciding what kind of shopping experience you want and what kind of purchases you want to make.

Portobello Road in Notting Hill is perfect for antiques, vintage jewellery and bespoke ornaments – although you can try your skills at bartering the items here, although beautiful, are generally expensive.

Places Of Interest

Oxford Circus is lined with every high-street retailer you could hope for; whether it’s clothes, shoes, music, books, toys and gifts. Also, nearby is Carnaby street with a cute selection of mainstream names and one-off shops alike.

Brick Lane, between Shoreditch and Aldgate East, is a hive for vintage and retro clothing and accessories, second-hand knickknacks and indoor markets. A great place to have a real rummage around for a one-off gem.

Covent Garden’s indoor Apple Market and surrounding area boasts a mixture of highs-street names as well as fashionable boutiques, stalls selling a variety of handmade items and paintings and on the weekends you’re sure to be treated to performances from several street entertainers in the beautiful cobbled square.

Camden Town is a very alternative area; the streets are lined with Tattoo and piercing parlours and Camden Lock Market is a maze of clothes stalls selling a variety of styles.

The Stables is jam-packed with a diverse selection of shops selling everything from second-hand mirrors and paintings, and vintage cowboy boots to Indian jewellery and kitsch home-ware.

Knightsbridge is a high-class, sophisticated, wealthy area of london and the selection of shops is a reflection of this. This lavish part of London is home to the huge Harvey Nichols store – with the likes of Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Versace all under one roof. Burberry, Armani and Prada are also dotted along the pavement, and of course, Harrods; where you can browse through the posh food courts, opulent perfume halls and its other luxury products.

Eating out

There are restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets dotted absolutely everywhere in London. Leicester square is a particularly accessible place to eat out as there is a variety of different restaurants all in one area; including Chiquitos, Wagamamas and Lulivo.

Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses; they line the street and more often than not a worker from each curry house will stand outside and yell their meal offers to passersby to entice them in.

Never go into the first curry house you see because it’s likely you can negotiate with one of these workers to settle a deal on a meal or on drinks that suits you.

China Town is a colourful bustling area, and the clue is in the name. There’s a variety of authentic and exotic Chinese restaurants and food stands.

If you feel like splashing out during your stay you can dine in one of the prestigious restaurants such as Jamie’s Oliver’s place, Fifteen, Gordon Ramsay’s Claridges, The Ritz or Nobu.

Nightlife

There is no shortage of hotspots in London to cater to each and every preference. Mayfair’s upmarket offerings such as Sketch, Box, China Whites and Funky Buddha will undoubtedly make a dent in the bank balance but everything is of a very high quality. If you want to go even more up-market than Mayfair then Chelsea is the place to be – bars such as Mahiki, Public, Boujis are a level up in luxury, prestige and celebrity crowds.

Camden is an off-the wall kooky area and the pubs and bars are an accurate reflection of this. It’s also great for live music with brilliant venues such as the Barfly, Koko and Roundhouse.

Shoreditch has a more bohemian, less eccentric vibe than Camden but essentially still embodies an individual and alternative flavour.

Things to do

Sight-seeing is a must in the city and there’s plenty of landmarks to visit.

Big Ben

This stunning example of architecture is a favourite amongst tourists. The clock tower, built in 1858, along with the Houses of Parliament on the water’s edge is a must-see.

The London Eye

Taking a ride in one of the glass pods on this striking structure on the banks of the River Thames is a perfect opportunity to get unrivalled views across the city, with the highest point being at 443 feet.

Museums

London is home to a selection of museums – most of them free – including the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Imperial War Museum, amongst others. Each provide an impressive array of exhibitions, interactive experiences and educational information as well as incredible artefacts and models.

Madame Tussauds

This wax-work museum is a bizarre experience in which you can wander through the different sections and have your photo taken with life-like wax models of celebrities and historical icons.