If you are looking for a great place to shop for Christmas in London, you are sure to find the right place. In London, you are sure to find what you are looking for to make Christmas a dream come true this year. With so many different shops and markets, there is something for everyone. To make your life a little easier this winter, we have hand-picked some of the best places in London for Christmas shopping.
Top 10 Places In London For Christmas Shopping
1.) Luxury Shopping At Knightsbridge London
Knightsbridge is the ideal area for luxury Christmas shopping and shopping in London. It is the perfect place to buy some of the most exclusive designer brands in the world. There are many awesome places for shopping in Knightsbridge. In high season, however, it is highly recommended to go to Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores!
Harrods turns into a magical world at Christmas time and is definitely a favorite among London’s compulsive traders! Sit on Santa’s lap, admire the incredible Christmas decorations, or take a walk through the huge selection of items. There’s really nothing you can not find here. Harrods has everything from hairdressers to ski equipment and luxury jewelry. You’ll find plenty of high-end designer badges and gifts, but Harrods also has some cheaper items available if you have a budget. There is a dish with different types of luxury kitchens and several counters with delicacies that you can buy and take to make Christmas even more special. Harrods is worth a try in London, whether you have a short or longer stay.
Harvey Nichols is great for buying exclusive designer brands as well as enjoying a nice meal or drink at the champagne bar. The whole building is luxurious and you will see beautiful seats and sofas in some of the design sections that are perfect for a short break while looking at the clothes. There is attentive staff throughout the store who will be happy to provide all the advice and assistance you need. Harvey Nichols is not a great place to shop if you have a budget; however, the bar and restaurants are always worth a visit.
2.) Jubilee and Apple Market Covent Garden Central London
Covent Garden is truly magical at Christmas time and you are sure to find some spectacular gifts in the shops in this area. With the wonderful Christmas tree and decorations that glorify the already amazing square, it really creates a truly magical Christmas feeling that is worth experiencing even if you do not buy anything! There are several designer shops around, as well as luxury bakeries and a Disney store on the square. There is an Apple store if you want to buy more technical stuff and in total there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a handmade gift or something very special, you should definitely check out Covent Garden Markets.
In particular, the Apple Market inside the Covent Garden Market Hall is beautifully decorated in high season and easily evokes your Christmas mood. The market offers advanced products, mostly handmade, from local merchants. This popular London market offers everything from fine to elegant jewelry, leather goods, home accessories, and some trendy clothes and accessories. Even if you can not find your ideal Christmas gift here, Covet Garden is still worth a visit.
3.) Christmas Shopping at Greenwich Market South London
One of our absolute favorites for Christmas shopping in London is Greenwich Market! Greenwich is a beautiful neighborhood in south London close to our business accommodation in Canary Wharf. You can take the DLR from Bank or one of London’s high-speed Thames Clippers to reach this picturesque village. Greenwich Market is located in a beautiful market with ample shops, market stalls, and incredible London street food.
Whether you are looking for handmade soaps, hand-picked clothes, and accessories, original interior design, or unique jewelry, this is the place to go! You can also find some unique vintage products and some of London’s best souvenirs wandering around the stalls. In addition, Greenwich is absolutely beautiful for walks. From Cutty Sark to the stunning Greenwich Park overlooking Canary Wharf and some of London’s best English pubs, Greenwich has it all!
4.) Christmas Market At Winter Wonderland London Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland is an annual party in Hyde Park that runs from November 20, 2016, to January 3, 2016. Opening hours are daily. 10 to 22. The event offers two circuses in the park as well as Santa Land and the magical ice kingdom with ice sculptures, ice forests, and ice characters in theme rooms. You will also find a traditional Christmas market that offers everything from jewelry, hand-knitted products, local products, and home accessories. Find out more.
5.) Old Spitalfields Market At Liverpool Street Station
Old Spitalfields Markets is just around the corner from our Liverpool Street Apartments and serviced rooms in Shoreditch! Enjoy the real Christmas feeling in winter, and buy antiques and exclusive handmade items. There are various racks for novice designers and vintage pieces – perfect if you are looking for something unique. In addition, Spitalfields offers many great eateries, including Wagamama and Leon.
In addition to the large selection of market stalls, Spitalfields has a good selection of independent shops that are ideal for finding souvenirs. If you venture out on Brick Lane, which is only a short walk away, you will find even more. This is the perfect area to find unique alternative and vintage pieces.
6.) Portobello Road Market Notting Hill
Portobello Road Market is a London institution that was even mentioned in the Disney Mary Poppins movie. Yes, they dance on Portobello Road! The market is usually held from Monday to Thursday and Saturday. Although there is no market on Friday and Sunday, Portobello Road itself offers miles of shops and some of London’s best antique and vintage shops.
Portobello Road in particular has gained fame for being the largest antique market in the world. But that’s not all! Most of the shops on Portobello Road are privately owned, designed, and managed with a personal touch. The shopping atmosphere here is great with friendly locals and beautifully decorated shops.
The shops and market stalls on Portobello Road offer an eclectic mix of products, making it difficult not to find the ideal gift for friends, family, and loved ones. From vintage clothing and accessories, antiques, British souvenirs, Indian and Jamaican fashion and home accessories, and bricks to brac, you will find it all here. Portobello Road is also known for its shops and delicatessens. Buy authentic French cheese, delicious Lebanese tapas, and the best falafel in London! There’s a reason the queues at ATMs in Notting Hill are long, so be prepared!
If you fall in love with Notting Hill and Portobello Road like us, book your stay here! See our short-term apartments in Notting Hill and nearby serviced accommodation in central London.
7.) London’s Southbank Christmas Market
Do you still have any Christmas presents left? Then go to the Southbank Christmas Market! This Christmas market is located in one of London’s most spectacular locations. Enjoy the views of Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye as you browse the various tents. If you want a nice ride with a hot mulled wine in hand, do not miss Southbank.
There are various festive foods available as well as seasonal ingredients. The small traditional wooden huts are located along the river and give you a truly magical Christmas market feel. This is the perfect place to visit, whether you want to enjoy a short walk along the river, taste food and drink or buy gifts for your friends and family.
Especially if you are visiting London for a short stay and want to combine shopping with sightseeing, the Southbank Christmas Market should be at the top of your list!
8.) High Street Shopping on Europe’s Busiest Shopping Mall – Oxford Street London
Oxford Street has many different shops to suit all budgets. There are some department stores as well as independent designers and other stores available. It gets extremely crowded at Christmas time, so try to go early in the morning if you can. There are low budget stores like Primark if you want to buy trendy clothes for less. This store is getting extremely crowded, so try to avoid it during rush hour.
If you are looking for a store that has a bit of everything and with varying prices, visit Debenhams. At Debenhams you will find everything you need under one roof, which is useful if it is too cold or raining (or snowing!) Along Oxford Street you will also find shops including Zara, Swarovski, Boots, Currys Digital, French Connection and more. If you are looking for variety, you are sure to be pleased with Oxford Street and its 300 different shops. If you decide to come to Oxford Street, we advise you to come early in the day with a lot of energy as it can be quite overwhelming!
9.) Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford
Accessible through the Central London Westfield Shopping Center in Stratford, it is easy to reach from almost anywhere in London. With 1,905,542 square feet of store floor space and more than 350 stores and restaurants, you have to work hard not to spend your savings. The mall mainly houses big name brands ranging from Primark to H&M, Zara, Adidas, Apple and even luxury brands like Breitling and Mulberry.
Whether you are looking for a suitable gift for children, women, men or even pets, Westfield offers a large selection of shops. Be sure to plan an entire day, as queues in locker rooms and cash registers can be long, especially before Christmas. It is also recommended to bring a shopping cart as you are likely to buy more than you intended. Good shopping!
10.) Columbia Road Flower Market
Tucked away on a side street between Hoxton and Shoreditch Columbia Road Flower is worth a visit! The flower market is only open on Sundays from 8 to kl. 15 and you should not miss it. It is extremely popular and you will have to fight the crowds to pick some beautiful fresh flowers and popular indoor plants. The prices are reasonable, but if you want to make a really good bargain, visit just before the stalls close and you can even get some free gifts!
In addition to the market, this pleasant street is lined with beautiful little shops. Note that most stores are only open during the market period. Independent stores offer everything from quirky kitchen utensils, handmade jewelry, home accessories from hand-picked (but affordable) designers and vintage products. There are also a number of good cafes and restaurants if you need to rest. Learn more about Columbia Road here.