One of my favourite things about my job is that I get to travel down to London on a fairly regular basis. Having meetings and events across the city means that I get to explore so many of the different areas and come across places that I wouldn't usually stumble upon if it hadn't been scheduled for me to go there.
What I love about London is that there is ALWAYS something to do; I think anyone would never get bored there as theres always places to explore! If you're visiting with kids, theres attractions like the London Aquarium and the National History Museum and if you're visiting as a couple or with friends, theres plenty of bars, restaurants and attractions like the Ghost Bus Tour to keep you occupied. I went on this with my hubby around this time last year and it was such a good laugh, the actors were brilliant!
While I'm visiting the capital, I love to take advantage of any free time that I have and look around the shops as theres an incredible amount of choice in London and plenty of the more niche, luxury or hard to come by brands have their own stores down there. I may still have a lot to uncover and I do rely on the Apple iPhone Maps a lot but I'm getting quite good at knowing where my favourite stores are so I thought I'd share those with you today in case you're travelling to London soon!
My favourite thing about London as a shopping destination is the designer stores such as my favourite, Chanel, as the closest store to me is nearly 3 hours away in Manchester and I'm rarely there. I love shopping for designer bags in the area around Bond Street. Chanel for example, is on New Bond Street and its really easy to get to on the tube as it is between the Green Park and Oxford Circus stations. You'll also find other luxury stores such as Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton here.
If you love your big high street stores then Oxford street is the place to be. You'll find everything from a ginormous budget friendly Primark to H&M and the flagship Superdrug store that I went to an event in last year (check out the post here). There is an incredible Selfridges on Oxford Street too which is definitely a must visit; I love their roof top restaurant for lunch after I've shopped till I've dropped!
If quirky and unique is more your thing then I'd really recommend checking out the Marylebone area because it has so many indie shops as opposed to the big high street chain stores. I find the shopping experience to be more laid back and relaxed here and you don't get that hustle and bustle as much as on Oxford Street which can get a bit overwhelming at any time of the day or night.
Marylebone is also a really great place to stay as if you book in advance, you can find some cheap hotels near this area compared to some other parts of London. There's also lots of places to eat around Marylebone; my favourite place is The Natural Kitchen which has a fabulous deli menu for if I'm grabbing a bite to eat on the go but I've also been to The Nordic Bakery too with my friend Hanna. Their Gravadlax is a must try!
What are your favourite areas of London to shop in? What high street and designer stores do you love the most?