Happy mid-week lovelies!
Thought I’d discuss something a little more light-hearted today as opposed to my controversial post on Monday. I know a lot of my blog readers are international and thought it might be helpful to share my favourite shopping destinations in London worth visiting.
When it comes to shopping in London, I think it’s safe to say you’re more likely to have a horrific experience than a good one (due to the over-crowding). There are so many factors involved in having an enjoyable shopping experience, including the commute, location, parking, indoor/outdoor shopping, eating and of course the density/crowds! So here are my top 5 to guarantee a pleasurable shopping experience:
Richmond – not only is Richmond one of my favourite shopping locations, it’s one of my favourite locations in London period. In order to enjoy it to the fullest, you need to go on a hot summers day (a rare occasion in London) where you can stroll along the river bank and watch all the sexy men flexing their muscles whilst rowing their canoe boats. Furthermore the outdoor dinning experience is one of the best in London, which is needed after a hard day of shopping. There’s endless restaurants such as Gaucho located outside where you can enjoy your meal whilst crying over how much money you spent in Jo Malone.
Kings Road –admittedly there’s not the best selection of high-street shops here (I believe they do this on purpose to keep the riffraff away). This place is strictly for the posh kids only but if you’re addicted to watching Made in Chelsea like I am then you’ll love it here. All the premium shops are located here like Reiss, COS, All Saints and Karen Millen so beware of your bank balance. When I venture to the Kings Road I like to visit the food market which is held every Saturday or during Summer I will dine outside at my favourite Lebanese Restaurant Comptoir Libanais.
High-Street Kensignton – the best thing about high-street ken? The largest Whole Foods in the UK! Anywhere with a Whole Foods is a winner in my book! All my favourite shops are here including Topshop, H&M & Zara, plus there are loads of affordable dinning options such as Yo Sushi & Bills. A great place for families!
Kingston – Definitely the most car friendly option on the list, all drivers are welcome to Kingston! This place always takes me back to my student days as I used to attend Kingston College. Kingston is such a huge shopping destination and offers both indoor & outdoor shopping which is vital in this temperamental climate. All the favourite high-street shops are located here but beware it’s a very young crowd due the college and University, which may put some people off.
Westfield – before we start let’s establish that I’m referring to Westfield White City, if you don’t want to be wolf whistled at by hoodrats or stabbed (yes I know someone who was stabbed at Westifeld) then avoid Westfield Stratford at all costs! What can I say…Westfield is the queen (high-street) shopping destination! First of all it’s the largest shopping centre in the UK, second of all it has every YES every high-street shop you can think of, thirdly it even has a selection of luxury shops too located in the Village and lastly the parking is extremely convenient. Westfield is the perfect shopping destination all year round and sits very close to my heart as I worked there for 3 years, met ex boyfriends there, had countless Tinder dates there, birthday celebrations and even saw the Kardashians up close and personal there. Yes Westfield truly is the perfect shopping destination!
P.S. please note that I didn’t include Oxford Street in this list and there simply isn’t enough hours in the day to list why you should avoid this place at all costs! Even thinking about it is giving me anxiety as we speak!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Photography by Pistacho Photography.
Belt | Moschino
Shoes | Zara (similar here)
Handbag | Chloé
Jewellery | c/o Coach watch & Claire’s earrings