Covent Garden is a world famous district, unequalled in its mix of shops, restaurants, history, entertainment and culture. The neighbourhood’s new take on luxury mixes premium retailers with one-off craft stalls, street theatre with the Royal Opera House and world-class brands with emerging designers, creating a vibrant retail and leisure district. Covent Garden has become a destination for fashion and several premium brands have launched their first UK stores in the area including icons such as Burberry Brit, Rugby Ralph Lauren and Opening Ceremony.
The neighbourhood isn’t just about shopping, thanks to the diverse range of restaurants including cult favourite MEATmarket, the sophisticated Laduree and Jamie Oliver’s bespoke Union Jacks concept. With the upcoming opening of Balthazar, the only one outside of Manhattan, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The district is steeped in rich history spanning back to the sixth century and visitors can take their own Covent Garden Walking Tour, which provides fascinating commentary on historic Covent Garden. With everything housed in and around the historic Market Building and traffic free piazza, it is no wonder that Covent Garden is a much loved destination, attracting around 44 million worldwide visitors every year
Kingston upon Thames
Kingstonfirst aims to improve the trading environment for the 800 plus businesses it represents by animating the town centre’s streets and creating a high-quality experience that draws visitors to the town and keeps them coming back.
Kingstonfirst has responsibility for delivering and developing visitor communications. This enables Kingstonfirst to attract customers from a wider geographical area and to capitalise on the benefits associated with the town’s proximity to Central London and major local attractions such as Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens.
The Village is home to an exclusive mix of independent retailers, award-winning restaurants, sophisticated galleries and leading designers.
A unique destination for shopping and socialising, Connaught Village is a leafy haven in the heart of the West End, featuring luxury goods, artisan food, designer boutiques and exclusive restaurants.
Fashionable visitors will enjoy the selection of unique designers in some of London’s most exclusive boutiques such as ME+EM, The Place London, Kokoro and Viola. A stroll along the central Connaught Street offers a wide selection of places to taste your way around the world – from authentic Persian dishes in Pardis to delicious Jewish pastries and bakes from Roni’s Bagel Bakery.
Those inspired by the glamour of the West End can explore the Village’s stylish salons such as Fé Hair & Beauty and Medicetics. If you’re searching for something individual for your home, browse Connaught Village’s eclectic art galleries, home and design stores.
Shoreditch is the creative heart of London – a breeding ground for ideas, where the outsiders, the renegades and the radicals are making stuff interesting, by making interesting stuff. Built entirely from repurposed shipping containers, Boxpark has spawned many imitators but few equals and its impact has helped launch independent brands, up-and-coming artists and mouth-watering menus. You can enjoy craft beers, delicious cocktails and some of the best street food in London all in one place; including the incredible vegan menu available from Cook Daily.
Today, Boxpark Shoreditch continues to maintain its legacy with a continued dedication to providing London with the freshest threads and tastiest dishes; as well as a stream of innovative and inspiring events covering a range of musical stylings and creative skills; from workshops to sports screenings, live music and more.
Morning: Westfield Stratford City
Where better to start a day of shopping than Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest shopping mall. With an amazing 250 shops, Westfield has everything for all shoppers – from luxury brands such as Mulberry and Armani to high-street staples like New Look, Urban Outfitters and H&M. After a morning’s hard retail therapy, refuel with lunch in one of the many restaurants and cafes, including Franco Manca, Pho, Bumpkin and many more.
Afternoon: Old Spitalfield Market
Jump on the Tube at Stratford Station and in three stops you’ll be at Liverpool Street station, a short walk from the popular Old Spitalfield Market. Built in 1876, it is one of the finest surviving Victorian Market Halls in the capital and open seven days a week. Every day has a different speciality, from antiques on Thursdays to fashion on Fridays – with Sunday attracting the biggest crowds as people come to buy unique pieces from up-and-coming designers.
Evening: The Cinnamon Kitchen and the Discount Suit Company
Add a touch of spice to your evening and enjoy modern Indian cuisine in a relaxed setting at The Cinnamon Kitchen. If you’ve still got the shopping buzz, why not pick up one of the restaurant’s cookbooks while you’re there? Then you recreate your dinner another day – chef not included!
End the night with a cocktail (or mocktail) in The Cinnamon Kitchen’s Anise bar, or (if you’re not too laden down with bags) pop over to the Discount Suit Company, a quirky bar just a five minute walk away. It may not actually sell discount suits, but you can get a mean cocktail – tailored just for you.
Morning: Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby
No shopping visit to London is complete without a visit to Oxford Street and Regent Street. These two streets offer an unrivalled shopping experience, thanks to their exciting mix of high-street fashion and international brands, accessories, childrenswear, technology and homewear. Look out for the huge Topshop flagship store, Primark flagship store and the iconic Selfridges department store.
For lunch, retreat to the quirky streets of Carnaby, lined with an exciting collection of independent boutiques, world firsts, flagship stores and a diverse variety of cafes, bars and restaurants. Eat in Kingly Court, a unique food and drink destination in the heart of Carnaby. Adding to the diverse mix of restaurants and bars new openings include, Peruvian concept restaurant Señor Ceviche, pan-Asian Oka Robata Grill and Sushi serving traditional seasonal dishes and cupcake bakery Crumbs & Doilies. They also join healthy flagship Greek restaurant The Life Goddess, Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria and Frigittoria, American diner Stax, espresso bar Soho Grind, The Detox Kitchen’s first standalone wholefood deli and tonkotsu ramen restaurant Shoryu Carnaby, all of whom offer dishes and cocktails.
Afternoon: Bond Street
After lunch, take a short walk from Carnaby Street to Bond Street – home to an elegant stores, exclusive brands, designer fashion, fine jewels, art and antiques. With classic brands like Burberry, Chanel and and Cartier all congregating here, this is luxury shopping at its best.
Evening: Pescatori and Long Bar
Finish your day with a top notch seafood dinner at Pescatori on Charlotte Street. This Italian favourite serves up the freshest and best fish and shellfish in the area, all sourced from well-managed and sustainable fisheries. Take a few on a booth indoors or sit on the front terrace to indulge in a spot of people watching.
Toast your successful days’ shopping with a long cocktail at the Long Bar inside the design-led Sanderson Hotel. The glowing onyx bar-top itself stretches over 80 feet, hence the venue’s name, and was famously designed by Philip Starck.
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