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London Shopping Guide

London has a wide range of shopping locations to rival the best shopping cities in the world - Paris and New York. There is such an amount of goods available, it can be hard not to become overwhelmed.

First of all, I would like to talk about Knightsbridge. This is the home of British Haute Couture and this is the place to come if you are fashion conscious. It has two of the most famous department stores in London - Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Not only that, but it also boasts other well known designer stores as well as porcelain and couture stores that all items come at the highest prices.

Next, I would like to mention Bond Street. IT was named after Sir Thomas Bond, who was a major business man during the seventeenth century. There are two parts, old Bond Street and new Bond Street but despite it's name, the new one actually dates as far back as the eighteenth century. This shopping are is well known for designer stores such as Versace and Prada and also Fahri.

There is also Covent Garden which is more of a trendy shopping area within London and it actually dates back to Medieval times. It is now a major shopping area that boasts great designer stores and little boutiques and also many quaint cafés and restaurants. Not only can you shop here in Covent Garden, but there is also very often live entertainment in the streets.

You probably would have heard of Oxford Street! It is a massively busy area of London and has one of the highest concentrations of shops in the world, being able to boast about its 200 million visitors per year! You will find many of the high street stores here - Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, and the great HMV record store.

Last but not least, we come to Regent Street. This is where the most luxurious stores in the whole of London are hidden. There is the world famous Liberty Store that is set in a Tudor style building and also the great Hamley's toy shop! You will also find a number of high street stores within Regent Street, including Laura Ashley, Next, French Connection and also more international acclaimed stores such as Benetton and Zara.

All in all, London is renowned for being one of the best places to go shopping in the whole of the UK and with this wide range of major shopping areas, it is not difficult to understand why! With the many restaurants and cafes that are situated along these shopping areas, not only can you shop until you drop, but you can rest your feet afterwards as well!