Shopping in London?

Apr 14th, 2005, 12:22 PM
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H&M isn't bad, however, all their jackets/coats/anything with sleeves are cut very short. My arms hang out of their clothes when I've tried them on, the quality might be pretty good for the price, but the cut is awful.

Zara is pretty reasonable, but as with many high street stores they tend to overdesign their products which is a shame as many pieces have a good cut, then they go and ruin them with stupid prints/patterns.
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Apr 14th, 2005, 12:24 PM
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Zara is actually considered pretty cheap here in the UK - and we found it even cheaper in Barcelona. Some items can be pricey, as they can be in Gap, but if you look around there are plenty of bargains to be had.
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Apr 14th, 2005, 06:00 PM
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No offense but.. are you kidding ? Shopping in the UK is out of the question for most right now. My friend works for Ralph Lauren.. he says it is cheaper to fly to the US and buy clothes (not only RL) than to buy in London or Paris. Sorry.. don't intend to be disrespectful.... I lived in UK for 2 years and honestly never found any bargains.... UK residents come to the US for shopping ! The UK is awesome for everything else though.... only very pricey now with the exchange rate ! Great people there !!!
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Apr 14th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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To my mind, markets are the way to go in London. Shops like Zara, H&M, and French Connection can be found all over the U.S. I would really second the recommendation for the Old Spitalfield market. The prices are more reasonable (by far) than Portobello (which really doesn't have much by way of clothes) and the apparel there is a bit more classy than what you'd find at Camden Market. At Camden Market, you can expect a fair amount of mass-produced pleather, etc., while at Old Spitalfields there are lots of one-of-a-kind, handmade clothes and really interesting souvenirs. For example, a friend of mine got a lovely, hand-knit sweater there for 35 pounds. Spitalfields also has a fair amount of vintage clothing, affordable t-shirts and the like. When I supervised American college students for their semesters in London, this was always one of their favorite stops.

There's another market in Greenwich, smaller and more manageable than either Camden or Portobello. Plenty of knick-knacks there, and I remember seeing a number of families.

If your daughter (or you!) is a fan of vintage clothes, I'd recommend the Tolkien shop (no relation to J.R.R.) on the King's Road in Chelsea; it's just across the street from the Chelsea fire station. The clothes run the gamut there from very expensive to pretty affordable, but whether or not you buy something, the shop is worth a visit.
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Apr 16th, 2005, 10:10 AM
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Is Harrods open 7 days a week? If not, what day(s) is it closed? Thanks!
Apr 16th, 2005, 10:13 AM
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Sunday it remains closed all days unless it's over Christmas period.
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 06:05 AM
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Spitalfields Market is the place for you. It's full over young designers selling their wares as they don't have shop fronts. Unique cheap clothing, jewellery and bags and wallets etc etc.

Camden market is lots of fun but sells stuff that isn't so unique. If budget is an issue, do try Spitalfields!
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Apr 22nd, 2005, 08:41 AM
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Hi Marbie

We went to Camden markets. I can relate to madameX comment.
<..unless you find that unique item that you love and can't find similar things at home..>. I was expecting more there. One good thing I bought there was an original English pressing of the Led Zepplin III (? the one with the dial on it) record with the original record store cover for my daughter. That was 25 pounds. She was thrilled. I bought a leather jacket for 100 pounds. There seemed to be a lot of the same brands there - Diesel etc. You can buy this at home (maybe cheaper). There was also a lot of second hand clothes there but it just seemed like junk. Then again some may think the record I bought is only good for a beer coaster!

My young niece went to the Portobello market and bought a really good leather jacket for around 30 pounds so that could be worth a try.

In any event just "window shopping" for that ever elusive bargain is fun.

Have a great time.

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Apr 22nd, 2005, 09:45 AM
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Definitely the markets like Portobello Camden. There's stalls upon stalls plus little shops tucked inbetween. You could spend hours just walking through the markets.
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