The London Blog Project: Shopping

I am going to admit that my first post of the London Blogging Challenge can be chalked up as a big fat fail. I had completely forgotten that we were supposed to have posted today and only found out when I went to check my emails. The moral of the story: always know when your challenge posts should go up and plan, plan, plan!

This week's post is about our favourite places to shop in London. I have to admit my shopping goes one of two ways - I can either wander around and browse and not spend anything, or I get very focussed on going in, getting what I want and getting out again. These places are where I come to do both of those things, which is really all you can want in a shopping area, right?

Westfield White City
I feel a bit bad for including a shopping centre on this list, but I do really like Westfield. It feels less like a shopping centre than the Stratford one and is less insanely busy than Oxford Street, so is ideal if I know exactly what I'm after. Plus it has most of my favourite shops and they're a decent size, meaning that I very rarely need to go elsewhere to find something. I particularly like the huge Boots as it has loads of different beauty counters (including some that aren't found anywhere else in the centre) and the section upstairs where the various card shops seem to cluster. It also has loads of different places to eat - I tend to opt for Bill's if I'm having breakfast or Penang!, the Malaysian version of Wagamama - and a cinema if you fancy a film after your shopping.

Upper Street and Camden Passage, Islington
If I'm in need of some retail therapy after work or have to make an emergency purchase, this is where I come. Upper Street is the more mainstream and is largely populated by high street brands, particularly in the N1 shopping arcade opposite Angel tube, whilst Camden Passage is home to more quirky shops and independents. I think Camden Passage is my favourite of the two as there always seems to be something new to discover there, especially on their ever-changing antiques markets, although Upper Street is home to a branch of Joy which is one of my favourite shops ever (look out for a Joy wishlist post coming soon!). It also has loads of lovely little independent beauty places, such as Blow Bar, and one of my favourite cafes in London, The Breakfast Club.

Columbia Road
Most famous for its Sunday flower market (get there early - and I mean 6 AM early - for the best stuff), Columbia Road also has loads of lovely quirky little shops which mostly specialise in homewares. There are so many amazing shops here selling everything from cinnamon wood boxes to vintage china via magnetic maps. I love Ryantown which is Rob Ryan's shop (he of the beautiful papercuts that seem to be everywhere), although it is very expensive and always makes me feel like I'm going to break something. Maybe one for the wedding list... However, there are also some great clothes shops which cover every era and price point you could hope for - I've found shops selling £5 pinstripe jackets here opposite designer clothes exchanges. But my favourite has to be Queenie & Ted, who sell clothes customised with the most gorgeous embroidery and will also customise things you bring in yourself.

So that was my first London Blog Project post! Hope you liked it :) And now I'm off to make a spreadsheet to help me get more organised.

Where do you like to shop in London? Or, if you're not a Londoner, what are your favourite shops where you live?


  1. Love shopping at Westfield! Especially when it's raining! No wet hair to contend with! x

  2. I've only been to Westfield Stratford but Westfield White City sounds good. I'll have to get the better half to take me next time I'm in his neck of the woods!

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