Have you ever been to London? If not you should definitely go there if you have the opportunity for. For me it’s pretty easy to go there. Flight takes about 1.5h airport to airport At the Gatwick Airport we always take the easybus which you must pre book online before the journey. It’s really cool, because it costs you only about 1-6£ per way depends when you are travel. You may have luck and get a ticket for just 1£! I always got a pretty cheap run with the bus ;)
If you want you can also take the train but then you spend for sure more money but it's a bit faster as the bus.
I think the best time to go to London is in May or October, it’s not to hot or cold and calmer then during the big holidays in summertime.
The ultimate insider tip is the Griffin House Hotel next to the famous
1.5mile end to end shopping mile in Europe, the Oxfordstreet. I've been in the Griffin House Hotel for the 3rd time now and it gets always better and nicer. The stuff is sooo friendly and breakfast is cute. They got free WLAN and 24h security door as well. The hotel has small rooms with shower and toilette in it but for us it’s okay because most time we are on the run to discover all the different places, shops, cafes and street markets the city have. The price per night is very good too! Book early so you will get cheaper rooms!
Oxfordstreet the shopping mile
So now to my more interesting blabla. For all the shopping girls and boys out there you must go thru all the shops on Oxfordstreet. Most shops open from Monday to Friday 9-10am until 6 or 8pm. Many also open on Sunday from 12 to 6pm with late nights on Thursday. Oxfordstreet is best known for the busiest shopping street in Europe. Most shops are all found in the section from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus, along with most of the big-name multinationals. It's more of the same towards Tottenham Court Road, but generally on a smaller scale.
They have such a wide product lane for young to old fashion. You can find so many trendy shops with clothes, shoes, accessories, bags, perfume, deco articles and so on. BUT don’t go there on weekends, it's pure death!! Weekdays it’s more calm because all the people are still in school or at work. And then you can shop with no stress until your $$$ is gone!
|Shop till you drop|
Here is a little list with my favorite shops on the mile;
Bershka, Topshop, Primark, Next, River Island, Zara, New Look, Forever21 and so on...
Portobello Road / Notting Hill
For all the vintage and antique fans, you definitely must go to the Portobello Road Market. This is the reason why most people visit Notting Hill. Remember the movie? Clothes and food stalls are in the middle section of the market. Antiques and collectibles are at the southern end, nearest to Notting Hill Gate tube station. During the week the area is more peaceful. You can buy fresh veggis and fruits there, it's cheap!
I had there the best strawberries ever.
|Portobello Market at Notting Hill Gate|
Camden Market, Camden Lock Market, Camden Canal Market and Stables Market - all selling vintage clothing, street fashion, antiques and arts and crafts. Plenty of leather wear and body piercing too. Extremely busy at weekends. If you have the opportunity go there weekdays!
It's pretty touristic there, but you have to see it. Crazy shops, people etc.
And next to the bridge there is the best doughnut stall ever!!!!!
One for 1£
Soho and Chinatown
During the day Soho is more about coffee bars and cafes rather than the sex shops for which the area was once known.
The area near Leicester Square is London's Chinatown with some funny little chinese shops and there some chinese all you can eat
buffet for about 4£ cheapest to 8£ more expensive once.
Govent Garden and Seven Dials
Shoppinglist, maps, tube and bus map with times schedule, tourist attraction, hotels and so on.
|Dry fruits on the street markets|
This street is the street for the most elegant and expensive shops in London. Designer clothing such as Gucci and Armani. So nothing for me. But maybe for you?
|Famous double decker bus|
I try to go there once a year. It's so much fun and i think it's a pretty nice city with old buildings and big parks where you can hang out during the day if you have enough of shopping or sightseeing
So go there check it out and have fun!!
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