Celebrate London Fashion Week: a fashion tour of London
London is thought of by many as being the fashion capital of the world so a fashion tour of London is a must. Depending on your style, budget and patience there are plenty of options to explore the capital and indulge in a fashion frenzy. To make it easier to plan your own fashion tour of London, we’ve divided the city’s shopping outlets into markets, malls, shops and streets so you can take your pick and shop til you drop. With London Fashion Week coming up from the 12th- 16th September the city’s a-buzz with the anticipated event. Showcasing Spring/Summer 2015 looks get swept up in the furore of fashion and take your own tour of London. Markets If you’re after authentic, vintage pieces your best bet is Camden Lock. The stables and stalls, open all week long, are a must-visit for the inner punk and experimentalist. Perhaps best visited if you’re young you don’t need a huge budget either as some things can be bartered down. Other popular markets include Portobello Market in Notting Hill, best visited on a Saturday, where hundreds of locals and tourists flock for a wide range of antiques and nick-knacks. If vintage is your thing, there’s no better place than Brick Lane for everything retro-related. Second-hand items galore you can shop 70s prom dresses to old 1920s leather boots. Usually prices are low, but watch out for some current, house-hold names which can sometimes creep into the rails. Streets Shopping in London is synonymous with Oxford Circus. The largest shopping street in London it stretches all the way from Tottenham Court to Marble Arch (bookended by two Primarks!) and shoppers can indulge in all things high street. Think Zara, Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, New Look – you’ve got it all. If you want something a bit more up market, Regent Street hosts some of the better brands including Anthropologie, Armani Exchange and Banana Republic. If you’re after something even more high-end then Bond Street is the place to go. The home of all things luxury, with designer brands and couture workshops, you can enter the world of the well dressed and look through the immaculately dressed windows of some of the biggest fashion names such as Gucci, Stella Mccartney, Chanel and Christian Dior. Make sure you have some plastic because nothing comes cheap around here. Shops A true Brit's second home, tourists may or may not have heard of John Lewis, but it’s grown to be a household name and a department store loved by many. Having rebranded over the past 5 years it’s now the go-to shop for everything from homeware to clothing - there’s practically nothing you can’t buy there. There’s also no taking away from the prestige and glamour of some of London’s other department stores including Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods - the quintessential British luxury department stores where you can buy everything from a pure bred husky to Colombian freshly ground coffee, not to mention couture gowns and fine silks rugs. If you’ve got time you must stop and have high-tea while you’re there to round off the experience. Malls If you prefer a more ‘normal’ shopping experience and like all your shops under one roof, Westfield is your answer. With two branches – one in Shepherds Bush and the other one in Stratford – it’s a handy place for uninterrupted shopping. From the staple high street shops like Top Shop and Mango, to higher end Prada and Massimo Dutti, it's a great place for whatever the budget. With plenty of places to eat at to keep you fueled for the day you literally can shop until you drop. There’s even a car park and excellent transport networks with tube stops right outside the door. With the London Pass you can also get a VIP shopping pass if you turn up to the concierge desk.