City of London shopping is a cracking experience and retail therapy can solve a lot of life’s biggest problems. A new pair of shoes has the potential to help you step into a new chapter, but why stop there?
How about a brand-new look altogether? Or even a wardrobe for your new wardrobe. Redecorating? Some new fixtures and furniture can really help spruce up the place.
The City is blessed with ace markets and vibrant shopping destinations that positively ooze character.
Here’s where to tap the plastic when payday rolls around and it’s time for a spot of City of London shopping.
This famed market is packed full of magic, and not just because of it’s starring role in the Harry Potter series. From beauty regime uplifts courtesy of Askinology, Chequers and Nicholson & Griffin to sparkly rock shopping at Beau Gems and designer labels such as Hobbs and Barbour, there is serious glow up potential in every shopping trip to this iconic City destination. Don’t forget to stop in at Waterstone’s for the latest best seller, and keep an eye out for the lively events calendar, as there is always something spellbinding to catch at Diagon Alley.
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The iconic mirrored shopping centre by St Paul’s Cathedral cuts an attractive architectural figure – especially when the sun is shining. The likes of Boss, Ted Baker and Zara sit alongside Molten Brown and Fraser Hart, so expect to stuff plenty of clothing, beauty tools and accessories into your basket on your next outing. Like Leadenhall, a busy calendar of events aims to keep punters coming back for more than just the deals, as do The Ivy Asia, Bread Street Kitchen and Madison.
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This indoor market is instantly recognisable, what with its iconic high ceilings and airy expanses. With the likes of Malin & Goetz, Barber Barber and Ollie Quinn in the line-up, Spitalfields is a destination for all occasions. The traders are lively and there’s nothing quite like rummaging through a sea of stalls on a lazy afternoon. If that isn’t enough to fill your basket, continue your retail outing by wandering up Commercial Street – heading on into Shoreditch where you’ll find countless other boutiques open for business.
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The Royal Exchange
You’d be surprised just how many City of London workers, who walk past the Royal Exchange daily, still don’t know that it is a high-end shopping centre.
But once you step through inside this historical landmark, you won’t want to leave anytime soon. First off, grab some coffee or bubbles at the Fortnum & Mason bar and restaurant so you are supercharged for spending all that cash. The luxe setting is home to some top brand boutiques, including Hermès, Mont Blanc, Crockett and Jones, Omega, Vashi and Tiffany & Co, so it’s easy to get carried away. Which is fine, as long as you don’t read the credit card statement at the end of the month, right?
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