England — Shopping and Leisure
The epicenter for shopping in England is without a doubt, London. People flock from around the world to the famous streets of Oxford Street, Bond Street, and Covent Gardens. Whether you want to bag a vintage piece for a bargain price or purchase your very own haute couture, you’re unlikely to leave London without a few tasteful additions to your wardrobe. Aside from clothes, visitors can pick up kitsch souvenirs such as Big Ben t-shirts or football memorabilia.
Oxford Street, London
One of the world’s most famous shopping streets, this bustling stretch is a shopper’s paradise with more than 300 outlets. Home to the iconic Selfridges store in addition to every other department store that springs to mind, Oxford Street is where you can spend hours battling the crowds - just make sure you leave time to see the rest of London!
Mayfair and Bond Street, London
A credit card, or seven, is always useful if you plan on hitting the lavish Mayfair and Bond Street district in England. Offering some of Europe’s most luxurious brands from Louis Vuitton to Burberry, the area is a regular retail therapy retreat for some of the world’s rich and famous. If you don’t fancy splashing the cash, there is always the option to indulge in some serious window shopping.
Covent Garden, London
Home to some of the hippest fashion in London, Covent Garden is a maze of magnificent boutiques, shops, and stores. Highlights include Seven Dials, Neal’s Yard, and Floral Street. There is also a wide range of arts and crafts stalls at Covent Garden Market where you can purchase chic souvenirs to take home.
Savile Row, London
The one and only Savile Row is celebrated worldwide as the home of the tailor and subsequently the tuxedo. If you have ever wanted a bespoke suit fitted the old fashioned way, then this is the place for you. While wandering along this enchanting street, you’ll come across some of the biggest names in the industry, including Ozwald Boateng, H Huntsman & Sons, and, of course, the American staple, Abercrombie & Fitch.
The downtown district of Manchester is one of England’s most diverse shopping areas. The Arndale Centre boasts nearly 300 stores, while Exchange Square has Marks & Spencer and the Millennium Quarter featuring Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Head to Trafford Center in the suburbs for one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls.