I flipping love my own company. 22 years old and I spend most of my time by myself, but it keeps me happy so that’s obviously pretty damn important. I’m also a big fan of shopping…alone. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have a second opinion when you’re shopping but alone you can do what you want to do. I also love exploring big cities, and that’s probably why London has my heart. In London you can walk around as a tourist or a local and nobody bothers you!
I personally never go to Westfield (either of them), and people walk far too slow on Oxford Street for it to be enjoyable. Instead I have three haunts I always go to when I need a little retail therapy. Carnaby Street, Covent Garden and one particular shop.
So the first shop I love, and always stop by when I head to London is Waterstones Piccadilly. If you are a book lover and haven’t been, you are seriously missing out! Being Europe’s largest bookshop, it’s a must visit. 6 floors, miles of shelves and thousands of books – I could spend hours in store browsing the titles and reading the blurbs. It’s so peaceful, and definitely a favourite haunt of mine.
My second favourite spot to wander around is Carnaby Street. Whilst it is just off Oxford Street, it seems to be a street that not many tourists seem to find. It’s never too busy, and you can even sneak in a trip to Liberty whilst you’re shopping. Carnaby Street is full of stand alone boutiques for the likes of Benefit, Pixi (one of my personal favourite brands right now), Urban Decay, Illamasqa and The Estee Edit – so many flagship stores in such a small area! Definitely somewhere to have a window shop, or even drop a little bit of your hard earned cash.
My other favourite place to shop in central London is Covent Garden. Whilst of course it’s a tourist trap, the shops tend to be pretty quiet. Some of my favourite shops to take a peak into in and around Covent Garden are Hotel Chocolat (yum), Sass & Belle and the Jo Malone store. The Paperchase is also pretty damn fab! The staff are always so friendly in the shops too which is always a winner.
So I’m not the best shopper and none of these are new tips, but they’re just my favourite places to stop in when I’ve got a little bit of time free in the big smoke! Where are your favourite places to shop in Central London? I’m always a fan of learning about off the beaten track locations!