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Shopping in Cental London Without a doubt, shopping in Central London is a real event with a range of top quality shops. From the eclectic mix of high fashion and independent retailers in Covent Garden [map] to the array of city central markets and collector’s fairs, shopping in Central London is the perfect place to pick up an unusual gift or a unique item of clothing.

Covent Garden is a really European shopping district and its market offers an eclectic mix of quintessentially English goods. Catch some of the area's best street entertainers and buskers in the piazza. Read more about Covent Garden by clicking on the feature below.

If you’re looking for everything under one roof try Smith of Smithfields [map]. Covering several floors of a renovated Grade II listed meatpacking warehouse, this building is located at Charterhouse Street, and provides a great place to eat, drink, and purchase a range of household objects, clothing and gifts.

Charterhouse Street [map] is in Clerkenwell, a traditional cobbled area providing a great range of pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Try a romantic alternative to the busy streets by checking out the London Silver Vaults [map], hidden away behind large safe doors at Chancery House on Chancery Lane. With a massive range of silverware, including jewellery, candelabras and cutlery, it’s difficult to choose so it’s good to know that knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist.

If you’re looking for jewellery for engagement and wedding rings head to Hatton Garden [map], which is home to a varied collection of exclusive jewellers.

Those looking for antiques should find a wealth of historical artefacts in quaint Victorian and Edwardian shops at Portobello Road [map], Kensington Church Street and Camden Passage. These streets transport you back to a bygone age of haggling for bargains and making offers on clocks, gifts, paintings and jewellery.

Soho [map], on the other hand, offers a distinctly different shopping experience. Those looking for adult alternative shops should find a good range bargains here. With a wealth of magazines, toys, videos and clothing on offer a shopping trip to Soho is sure to spice up your life. If you prefer outerwear to underwear you’ll also find some cool independent fashion shops here, and a range of bars and eateries to choose from when you need a break from retail therapy.

Carnaby Street [map] is close by and is a great place to experience the very fashionable of London going about their daily business. You might even pick up a bargain in the many famous shops that line this area.

If you want to do some thoroughly suited and booted shopping visit the world famous Saville Row [map] area for tailored suits and shirts, and a range of reputable shoe and tie shops.

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