Where to get your Fashion Fix
London's famous the world over for its shops - from high-quality specialists to megastores and some of the cutest markets imaginable, it has everything. And with exchange rates especially good for most visitors, it's a good time to take advantage.
Gay and lesbian specific
Clone Zone, 64 Old Compton Street
The original "grown-up" shop on the gay thoroughfare of Old Compton Street, for naughty gifts, sexy outfits and other adult goodies.
Coffee, Cake and Kink, 61 Endell Street
This cute little café crossed with an adult-oriented shop crossed with an art gallery is certainly unique winning Innovation of the Year at the Erotic Awards.
SH! 39 Coronet Street, Hoxton
A specialist shop run by women for women, this friendly erotic store actually serves tea while you shop.
Gay's the Word, 66 Marchmont Street
A gay literary institution and the UK's largest gay and lesbian book store.
Prowler Soho, 3-7 Brewer Street
If you're wondering where you can find Europe's most popular gay lifestyle store, then stop at Prowler Soho. Shoppers can find everything from Diesel jeans to Kylie dolls, and from designer undies to gay club tickets... It's all under one roof!
Gay and lesbian interest
London Shopping Streets, Multiple Locations
London has several distinct retail districts and shopping streets, many of which have their own themes or specialities. From luxury goods in Mayfair to quirky finds in Covent Garden, to large shopping centres like Westfield, you can easily while away an hour, an afternoon or a whole day shopping in London.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street
Down at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street is Selfridges, arguably the city's most popular high-end department store attracting a very fashion-savvy crowd.
Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Road
Established in 1849 as a humble grocery store, today Harrods offers everything from food to fashion, furniture to sportswear plus 20 restaurants and specialist services including dog coat fitting and piano tuning. Sights include the Egyptian Hall and the Pet Department. At night, the store is illuminated by 11,500 light bulbs.
Liberty, Regent Street
Quite simply, the most beautiful department store you'll ever visit. Inside its old world exterior are landmark wood-lined departments offering a selection of housewares, fashion and cosmetics.
Abercrombie & Fitch, 7 Burlington Gardens
This probably needs no introduction, but expect preppy sports basics in an environment that's not far removed from a nightclub with pumping music and topless (male) models. It's also the only A&F outside of the US.
Vivienne Westwood, 44 Conduit Street
A very well-loved institution, Vivienne Westwood is world famous for fashion with a very British, slightly eccentric, immediately recognizable and quite genius streak.
Radio Days, 87 Lower Marsh
Radio Days near Waterloo Station is a treasure trove of vintage clothes, accessories and memorabilia. This is a must for hardcore vintage addicts: find a new outfit, hat, gloves or quirky items from yesteryear to add to your home. Radio Days is also good for retro-themed dress up occasions and gifts for the vintage lover in your life.
Burberry, Multiple Locations
As one of the most high-profile British brands, the Burberry check has often been imitated but copies don't come close to the real thing. Over the years, Burberry has used famous faces such as Kate Moss, Agyness Deyn and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson as the face of the brand. It's still the best place to go for a classic trench coat
Marks & Spencer, 458 Oxford Street
You can't go wrong with M&S! London's flagship Marks & Spencer at Marble Arch boasts an impressive range of affordable buys. Staples like lingerie and clothing are joined by flowers, furniture and fabrics. There's also Café Revive and the mouth-watering aisles of the food hall – enough to keep even the most intrepid shopper occupied.
TopShop/TopMan, 216 Oxford Street
Affordable fashion influenced by the catwalk - these high-street favorites are popular with students and A-list celebrities alike.
Step back in time to the days when no British gent felt properly dressed without a hat by taking a trip to Bates Gentleman's Hatter, where you'll find every conceivable type of headwear. Tweed caps are the speciality but you can also pick up a panama, straw boater, bowler hat, top hat, trilby, deerstalker and even a fez.
Paul Smith, Multiple Locations
The king of British men's fashion is Sir Paul Smith and his label celebrates classic British tailoring with a twist. The trademark bright patterned shirts and loud cufflinks, wallets and accessories are instantly recognizable. Women’s wear also available.
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