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London Shopping Trips

Sep 17, 2008
England's capital city London can offer a shopping experience second to none. Not only does London have a diverse ethnic population but a diverse range of shops and markets

One famous market that needs no introduction is Covent Garden. Covent Garden was previously called Convent Garden, this is because is was literally a convent garden. London dates back as far as Roman times and during the middle ages Covent Garden was the kitchen garden of the convent of St.Peter's, Westminster.

Another famous market in London is that of Camden Market. The market opened in the 1970's, with stalls selling arts and crafts as well clothing (new and vintage). Camden Market is extremely popular today attracting 100,000 visitors each weekend making it the fourth most popular place to visit in London.

One of the most famous shopping streets in London is the Kings Road. The Kings Road became famous in the 1960's, and then again in the 1970's when it was associated with the 'Punk' movement. The designer 'Vivienne Westwood' has owned a shop here since the 1970's.

Sloane Street is known for catering to the more 'upper class' shopper. In the 1990's people who shopped here became known as 'Sloane Rangers'. Today you will still find the same kind of high class shops on Sloane Street which runs all the way from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square.

If you want a luxury department store, then look no further than Harrods. Harrods, one of the largest department stores in the world can be found in Knightsbridge, north London. Having over 300 departments, Harrods sells everything from toys to food. If you plan to do any shopping in London, then make Harrods top of your list, especially around Christmas time.

Another famous department store in London is 'Selfridges' which is the second largest store in London. Selfridges was founded by the American Harry Gordon Selfridge, who had previously worked for Marshall Field & Company in Chicago.

London offers a wonderful shopping experience no matter what the time of year. There are shops to suit every taste and budget in London, but at Christmas time London has an extra special atmosphere when all the shops and streets are decorated.
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