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Shopping in London

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I wanted to ask the Londoners (or any knowledgeable people) the following questions regarding shopping in London now that it is sales period.

First, I wanted to know about clothing. I love the area around Oxford St./Regent St. but: which other areas can be recommended to find clothing in this period? Any outlet area somewhere else? Which other area would you recommend for outlets -I know another, Knightsbridge, but something beyond the obvious one-?

Another thing is electronics. In Oxford St. itself I could only find a quite small Currys. I can only recognise my inefficiency to find the real thing. Where can I find -around central London, if possible- some electronics shops with large showrooms? Is it there a strip where electronics shops cluster? -I am thinking on taking a look at some new tablets, notebooks and camera lenses, for the record-.

Finally is it worth going to shopping centres? something like westfield, I was thinking if going or not. Any other example, beyond this one?


Thanks in advance, I will keep asking.
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Old 27.06.2011, 23:28
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Hi there
I wanted to ask the Londoners (or any knowledgeable people) the following questions regarding shopping in London now that it is sales period.

First, I wanted to know about clothing. I love the area around Oxford St./Regent St. but: which other areas can be recommended to find clothing in this period? Any outlet area somewhere else? Which other area would you recommend for outlets -I know another, Knightsbridge, but something beyond the obvious one-?

Another thing is electronics. In Oxford St. itself I could only find a quite small Currys. I can only recognise my inefficiency to find the real thing. Where can I find -around central London, if possible- some electronics shops with large showrooms? Is it there a strip where electronics shops cluster? -I am thinking on taking a look at some new tablets, notebooks and camera lenses, for the record-.

Finally is it worth going to shopping centres? something like westfield, I was thinking if going or not. Any other example, beyond this one?


Thanks in advance, I will keep asking.
Clothes can be anywhere and all over but Camden is sometimes fun, totally different to oxford st.

Tottenham court road (right next to Oxford street, Shaftsbury Ave end) is the electronic, gadget and computer mecca of the UK, get ready to walk from store to store and haggle!!! The mentality is is the same as a middle eastern street market
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Re: Shopping in London

Tottenham Court Road has many consumer electronic shops,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tottenham_Court_Road
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Re: Shopping in London

All you need is Primark! Marble Arch.
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Re: Shopping in London

You could also pop over to Covent Garden.

And if you fancy lots of choice, you can head over to Westfield shopping centre, which is masseeeeef: http://uk.westfield.com/london/
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Re: Shopping in London

I was off some days...


I want to thank you all for the replies and the info. (I would love to know how to thank the messages, but it is a riddle for me ). I will follow your advices -yeap Primark was even among them-.

Haggling in Tottenham Court Rd? I definitively have to try that....

Final question is: Which is the best place to find second hand things? women bags and the like, mainly.

Once again, thanks...
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Re: Shopping in London

Portobello Market or one of the many charity shops at the far end of the King's Road, Chelsea (World's End). There you can pick up some fantastic top-end bargains! There also used to be a great shop within a closed market about halfway down the King's Road (from Sloane Square), on the left, that sold vintage handbags (not sure if its still there).
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Portobello Market or one of the many charity shops at the far end of the King's Road, Chelsea (World's End). There you can pick up some fantastic top-end bargains! There also used to be a great shop within a closed market about halfway down the King's Road (from Sloane Square), on the left, that sold vintage handbags (not sure if its still there).
I'm afraid the shop you're talking about on the King's Road has gone and, for the most part, the King's Road now resembles many other high streets.
Most of the original interesting shops no longer exist, and it's all looking a bit seedy. I was there only last week with one of my daughters, who lives very close to the King's Road.
There are some pretty good charity shops still at the World's End end, but, understandably, they now employ visiting valuers, so there aren't too many bargains to be had any more.
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Re: Shopping in London

Charity shops in some of the more 'affluent' places like Wimbledon and Putney probably Fulham too - avoid TCR it's a nightmare and you'll get ripped off.

For trying out tablets and other electronics stuff, you can't go wrong with JL (John Lewis) on Oxford St - you could also head off to Canary Wharf or Richmond or Kingston

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Re: Shopping in London

Hi all,

Many thanks again. By searching with google maps for "charity shop" and it looks like there is a cluster of them near Victoria, Is it OK going there? I mean, is it worth going to a one particular -to say something- Oxfam shop, or are they undistinguishable -as a rule of thumb, I mean-...

Final annoyance from myself, I hope: I was thinking in buying a 7 day bus/tram pass (I already have an Oyster, but the 20 of difference for two make no difference, as most of the places are reachable by bus, from where I am going to be). Question is: I have read that I can buy the passes in news kiosks and the like with a blue sign, all that is fine... but Do you now how late in the night I am expected to find those places open (I am reaching central London around 20:00)? Can I buy them in the tube ticket offices? As far as I understood, they just charge our Oysters -but it is not possible to be done online-... is it like that?

Many thanks again... invaluable feedback...
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