London travel guide: The best fashion addresses

Apr 01 2013 by
Categories : Travel

The hottest shop locations in London -- from designer finds to deals -- all at your fingertips (get your credit cards ready!).

Our ELLE counterparts in London share their top shopping destinations with us. Read on for their list of covetable addresses for shoes, clothes, accessories and more in
London. Joining the panel are:

Lorraine Candy
Editor in Chief of ELLE UK

Anne-Marie Curtis
Fashion Director of ELLE UK

Marissa Bourke
Creative Director of ELLE UK – and the ELLE UK Art Team

Susan Ward Davies
Travel Editor of ELLE UK

Emma Strenner
Beauty Director of ELLE UK

Suzanne Scott
Beauty Writer of ELLE UK

Georgia Collins
Deputy Beauty Editor of ELLE UK




Great Marlborough Street, London W1B 5AH / Regent Street, London W1B 5AH

44 (0)20 7734 1234


Liberty is an iconic shop in London. Founded in 1875, it is one of the oldest and prettiest shops in town. The beauty hall is packed with rare and exclusive brands (Trish McEvoy, Frédéric Malle…), while the other floors offer clothes of well-known designers, some of which feature the flower print, the signature of the Liberty brand.

AT: “A beautiful building and made for a great shopping experience.”


87 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4QU

44 (0)20 7487 5400


Matches is one of those retailers where you can easily find a stylish outfit for every occasion thanks to the great selection available of high end international and local designers.

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400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

0800 123 400 / 44 113 369 8040 (from overseas)


For all the brands, all the trends and a plethora of purses. And if you are looking for clothes, of any kind, you must go to this incredible department store!


36-38 Great Castle Street, London W1W 8LG

0844 8487487


Topshop is a hugely popular brand in England. It is so successful that Kate Moss even designed a few collections for it. There, you will find everything you could wish for and the latest trends at affordable prices.

SWD: “An affordable, huge selection of clothes and accessories.”


215-219 Oxford Street, London W1D 2LG

44 (0)20 7534 2900


Since its launch in 1975, everybody knows that you always find something to buy at Zara. Go there if you want to find trendy pieces at attractive prices.

BT: “This particular Zara shop always has the best pieces on display and it’s never too busy.”

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17-18 Dover Street, London W1S 4LT
44 (0)20 7518 0680
Dover Street is one of the biggest multi-brand stores in town. In this shop, you will find a large yet refined selection of fabulous brands and a gorgeous choice of the best items of the season.
MB: “The Celine bags are what everyone wants at the office.”

109 – 125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
44 (0)20 7235 5000
One of the most famous department stores in London, a younger version of Harrod’s. Stand after stand, you will be amazed by all the designer bags this store carries.
A-MC: “They have such a great selection!”

11-12 Gees Court, St Christopher’s Place, London W1U 1JN
44 (0)20 7629 3830
If you have to buy a bag when in London, head to Mulberry. The English house is well-established and presents its customers with stylish and quality leather handbags and accessories.
BT: “You can’t beat a Mulberry bag. Timelessly stylish, great quality and quintessentially British.”

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400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
0800 123 400 / 44 113 369 8040 (from overseas)
For all the brands, all the trends and a plethora of purses. Selfridges has become a real institution for any respectable fashionista.

215-219 Oxford Street, London W1D 2LG
44 (0)20 7534 2900
Since its launch in 1975, everybody knows that you always find something to buy at Zara. Go there if you want to find trendy pieces at attractive prices.
BT: “This particular Zara shop always has the best pieces on display and it’s never too busy.”

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St Christopher’s Place, London W1U 1JN

44 020 7935 3759


This shop is a piece of heaven for shoe lovers. This store displays a wide selection of what the house has to offer.

SWD: “Good prices, lot of brands.”

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400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

0800 123 400 / 44 113 369 8040 (from overseas)


A few years ago, Selfridges launched its shoe section, where all the latest styles from every brand you can imagine are available. A must-see for any shoe addict.

BT: “Shoes, shoes and more shoes. We want them all!”
A-MC: “The shoe gallery is second to none. It’s impossible for me not to fall in love with something every time I go there!”
MB: “A gallery of shoes displayed interestingly, featuring both designer and high street.”


5 Mount Street, London W1K 3NE

44 (0)20 7499 5781


In May 2012, Nicholas Kirkwood relocated to the luxurious Mayfair area where he opened this very stylish flagship store. It would be a shame not to pay him a visit!



58, 59 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JY

44 (0)20 7434 1406


This shop looks like a huge warehouse, packed with vintage clothes. Go for anything: menswear or womenswear, casual or dressed-up.

SWD: “A massive selection at good prices.”


40 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XJ

44 (0)20 3215 2083


When you think vintage, you often think about clothes. But at Pelican and Parrots, there is so much more: pieces of furniture, decoration… you are sure to find something you love.

MB: “Unique clothes and good prices.”


42 Shelton Street, London WC2H 9HZ

44 (0)20 7836 6547


Rokit is a one-of-a kind vintage store. Firstly, you can buy online, which is not so common in the world of vintage fashion. Then, when in London, you simply have to choose between four stores to find the best deals and vintage pieces from the 40’s to the 80’s.

BT: “Rokit has been a long-time favourite vintage store of mine because it carries quality vintage items and doesn’t cost the earth.”


2 Marylebone Street, London W1G 5JQ

44 (0)20 7487 4322


By appointment only

This might be one of the best vintage stores in the world. Whatever you need, William has certainly got it in his incredible collection, featuring pieces mainly from the 60’s. This very sweet man counts celebrity customers such as Rihanna, Rachel Zoe and Eva Green, and possesses very rare pieces. You will regret it if you miss it!

A-MC: “He buys such classic special pieces.”

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50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD

44 (0)1869 366 266


Bicester Village is a dreamy place where you can find designer goodies at up to 60% off all year long. Isn’t this enough to make you want to drop everything and go?

BT: “We would like to live here please. Discounted Prada, Burberry, and Marni. It’s worth travelling out of the city.”
A-MC: “The Celine outlet is a must!”
MB: “Best place to grab discounted designer goodies.”


440 Brixton Road, London SW9 8BH

44 (0)20 7737 4872


This chain of stores is no longer a secret for bargain designer fashion items in England. You will certainly find whatever you are after and even more.

SWD: “To get designer labels for less.”

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“The centre of town has Regent Street, Oxford Street and not to mention Topshop Oxford Circus!”


Mount Street, Mayfair

A-MC: “There is such a great range of shops and Marc by Marc Jacobs is always great for presents.”


17-18 Dover Street, London W1S 4LT

44 (0)20 7518 0680

MB: “Great for shopping and once you’ve taken it all, have a sit-down at Rose Bakery on the top floor of Dover Street Market.”


Oxford Street is the main shopping street in London. It is home to many shops for every taste and every budget. Check out the high street stores like Reiss, Topshop and French Connection, or head to Primark, to have a taste of fashion with a bargain.


Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1

SWD: “Great boutiques and affordable vintage stores.”

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158 Regent Street, London W1B 5SW
44 (0)20 7529 9800
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Anthropologie is not only a shop for clothes, it also sells accessories and home decoration items. And to top it off, you’ll find them at very friendly prices.
SWD: “Inspirational shop with lots of pretty things.”

The Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, London SW6 2AN
44 (0)20 7731 7171
The association of nine antique dealers, passionate about furniture reunited in one building is the concept behind this incredible place. A great place to go to furnish your home in a very stylish way.
MB: “Beautiful one off a kind pieces for your home.”

This market on Portobello Road is well-known for its wide variety of antiques. But be aware, the street stalls and some of the stores along the road are closed during the week. Friday and Saturday are the best days to come.
A-MC: “The stock changes constantly so you always find little wonders.”

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