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A weekend in fashionable London

By Elena Price

London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and it is a great place to spend a fashionable, shopping filled weekend! Here is a guide to the chic shops of London.

London is a big part of the international fashion scene, and the English capital has a trend-setting style all of its own.

This city is home to major designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella Mccartney, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Galliano and many others, and its world-renowned art and fashion schools make it an international centre of fashion in the realms of Paris, Milan and New York.

If you are craving a weekend getaway why not spend it in London where you can shop until you drop? It’s a great city to add some chic new pieces to your wardrobe.

Overseas visitors in search of fashion delights can benefit from the increase of International airlines that operate more and more flights to London airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.  Etihad now run lots of routes from the Middle East including non stop flights to London from Abu Dhabi and services from Amman, Cairo and Riyadh.

Here are some ideas to help you plan your fabulous retail therapy retreat to London:

  • First, get an idea of what you want to buy. Are you looking for the ultimate pair of thigh high boots, a slinky party dress, or a pair of designer jeans? Having a search image in mind will help you focus your shopping efforts. However, don’t be too focused, or you could miss the other gorgeous items you might discover along the way.
  • Head to Oxford Street first. This has been the shopping centre of the universe in London since 1908, and you will find a store selling absolutely anything you need here. Almost all of the major retail chains in the UK have their flagship branches along Oxford Street.
  • If you are looking for the absolute finest in designer label style, take a stroll down Bond Street. This is one of the most premier luxury shopping streets in London, and it features brands and designer labels that are recognized the world over.
  • Remember, clothes make the man! Guys who want to look incredibly smart should head to Saville Row, where they can find some of the highest quality men’s suits in the world.
  • Are you a shoe-a-holic? Covent Garden will be paradise for you, and particularly Neal Street where almost every shop you will see as you stroll along sells beautiful shoes.
  • Why not take a break from shopping and learn a bit more about the history of fashion? The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of Bermondsey Village and is a well known centre for contemporary clothing, textiles and jewellery. It was founded by Zandra Rhodes, the famous British designer and it displays many fascinating exhibits about the fashion industry. The venue also often hosts fashion shows and product launches, so if you are lucky you might catch one of these events

On your shopping weekend in London, don’t forget to consider the hotel as well. You will want to stay somewhere trendy and fabulous, close to lots of shops. Perhaps look for something in the fashionable West End near to Oxford Street.

London is an incredibly fashionable city, and all of the fabulous clothing, jewellery and shoes on display here will make your head spin! Have a great time shopping your heart out in London, and finding that perfect new addition to your wardrobe.

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There is something incredible about large cities and London is no exception. With a population of roughly 7,700,000 its fair to say that its a very easy place to become lost and perhaps even whilst living there becoming very lonely.

Every so often I get the opportunity to visit, and every-time I get out of the tube I have to say it blows me away at simply how big it is. Maybe, its the country bumpkin in me but honestly there is something marvelous about a city, or an urban jungle as some people below the river might call it. Reeking of ‘trendy’, London is simply the place to be spotted.

Below are a few suggestions as to what you could do if you did ever decide to hop on either a flight to the UK and had some spare time on your trip. Or you decided to catch a flight direct to London. What ever you do manage to get up to in London, one thing is for certain: It has something for everyone.

5 things to do for free in London

  • Visit and Art Gallery: Both the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain are pretty exceptional national art galleries. With the Tate Modern focusing on more contemporary art (eh?) and the Tate Britain focusing on British art from the sixteenth century (proper art lol) to the present day. Other major London art galleries include the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. I would also recommend The Wallace Collection as it’s just off Oxford Street so a perfect escape from a busy shopping spree. And remember, many of the major art galleries and museums have late openings: London Art Galleries and Museums Late Openings.
  • Visit a Museum: All of London’s major museums are free, but most offer some special exhibitions for a fee. My favorite is the Museum of London where you can learn the history of London from Roman times to today. Other great major museums are the British Museum, the V&A, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum. Oh, and I love the Geffrye Museum. And the Horniman Museum.
  • Changing of the Guard: Perhaps the most ‘anti climax’ of all the suggestions on this list but nonetheless an important tradition outside the Queens Buckingham Palace residence. You get to watch Soldiers wearing very non-PETA friendly hats move around or if you catch it at the wrong time doing nothing.
  • Visit a Street Market: London is well-known for its popular street markets. The most popular are Camden Market and Portobello Market, following closely by Greenwich Market.
  • Live Music: With music in abundance its fair to say that on any given day you could be watching anyone from Bon Jovi to an obscure Punk Band in a smelly, grotty pub. Do the right thing and buy a ticket.

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