Shopping in North West London
|| As the saying goes,
money can’t buy you happiness, but when shopping
in north west London, it can buy you anything from cheery
odds and ends to serious objects of desire.
One of the favourite pastimes in north west London is
taking a weekend stroll around Camden’s
markets [map]. You’ll find all sorts in this
collection of markets, including discount designer fashions,
antiques, handmade crafts, music and much more.
As the capital’s fourth most visited attraction
you’ll find this a busy area, but with several markets
to choose from there’s no shortage of bargains to
be had. However if you’d rather not shop then many
people go to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and the street
Camden’s collection of outdoor markets include – Camden Market, Camden Lock Market, Stables
Market, Camden Canal Market and Electric
Market. All the markets are open on Sunday between
10:00am and 5:00pm and most are open at the same time on Saturday.
Camden Town is probably the most convenient station but
on market days you can only exit from this station, so
visitors usually use the Mornington Crescent or Chalk
Farm tube station on leaving.
Whether or not you want to shop, a trip to Alfie’s
Antiques Market [map] in Marylebone, is a fascinating
experience. Its purpose, since it opened in the 70’s,
has been to trade in antiques, however nowadays it has
taken on a museum like quality with the amount of merchandise
on offer. In this multifloored labyrinth you can get lost
amongst the furniture, ceramics and glass, kitchenware,
textiles, sliver and jewellery as well as the odd bit
of theatre memorabilia.
Also on Church Street, NW8, you can find the Gallery
of Antique Costume and Textiles [map] (GACT) where people in the movie world come for work and
pleasure. Directors of period films like Out of Africa
and Gladiator, come here to ensure their costumes are
spot on, while models and actors come to get kitted out.
For most people this will be somewhere to browse, but
for those who can flash the cash like the famous, you
too could pick up a vintage outfit or two.
For those who would rather stick to modern style shopping
in air-conditioned centres packed with popular shops and
eateries, then north London has two to choose from.
Brent Cross shopping centre [map],
Hendon is basically an undercover high street with all
the stores and coffee shops you would expect to see in
an average town centre, all under the same roof. However
this shopping centre has been voted one of the best in
London, so it’s well worth a visit if you want to
concentrate on some serious shopping. Close to Hendon
station and served by a large car park, the location is
convenient for drivers and pedestrians alike.
The other is the O2 centre [map] in Finchley where shops, restaurants and entertainments
all sit cosily together close to Finchley Road station
on the Jubilee / Metropolitan line.
Other places for happy shoppers to try in north west London
include, Hampstead [map] for upmarket clothes
shops and boutiques and homely items for the house, or Marylebone [map] which has been given a new
lease of life since the four storey Conran Shop [map] revamped an existing historic stable block.
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