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While visiting London’s cultural heavyweights can easily occupy an entire trip, make sure to leave some time for some consumer pursuits here, too. The city does have some of the best shops in Europe, from legendary Harrod’s department store to high-end boutiques on Oxford Street to antique stands on Portobello Road.

Shopping in London

Camden Town

While a fire in 2008 threatened to destroy much of the area, Camden’s spirit refused to be extinguished. This remains the place to get in touch with your inner Goth. Explore the funky vintage shops, galleries, and open-air markets of this student-popular North London enclave.

Camden Town,
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Covent Garden

A mixture of quirky boutiques, courtyard eateries, and outdoor performers, this pedestrianized shopping area is a must-visit.

Covent Garden,
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Dress to impress or risk getting turned away from the ruling monarch of high-end London department stores; the gourmet food court alone is worth a visit. For more cutting-edge fashion, head a few minutes away to Harvey Nichols.

87-135 Brompton Rd., 011-44-207-730-1234,
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Oxford Street

High-end department store Selfridges rubs elbows with U.S. chains, budget-minded Topshop, and 300 other consumer-friendly spots in Europe's largest shopping district.

Oxford Street,
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Portobello Road

A dizzying array of vintage collectibles for sale six days a week and site of the world's largest antique market on Saturdays.

Portobello Road,
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Spitalfields Market

Dating back to 1638, this sprawling marketplace explodes on weekends with art- and fashion-minded shoppers; an international food village provides tasty sustenance.

105a Commercial St.,
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The Laden Showroom

Want some original threads that won't break the bank? This hip boutique showcases more than 45 up-and-coming designers.

103 Brick Lane, 011-44-207-247-2431,
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With more than 265 stores all under one roof, this west London mega shopping mall is proving hugely popular. Label fiends should make a beeline for The Village, an area selling some of the world’s most exclusive brands.

Ariel Way, 011-44-203-371-2300,
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