England’s capital city London can offer a shopping experience second to none. Not only does London have a diverse ethnic population but a diverse range of shops and markets
There have been markets in London since Roman times. Covent Garden is one such market which dates back that far, but was originally named ‘Convent Garden’. The market moved to its present location in 1974 and was known in those days for it fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables. It was not util 1980 that Covent Garden became the market it is today, known for it unusual and quirky little shops.
Another famous market in London is that of Camden Market. The market opened in the 1970’s, with stalls selling arts and crafts as well clothing (new and vintage). Camden Market is extremely popular today attracting 100,000 visitors each weekend making it the fourth most popular place to visit in London.
One of the most famous shopping streets in London is the Kings Road. The Kings Road became famous in the 1960’s, and then again in the 1970’s when it was associated with the ‘Punk’ movement. The designer ‘Vivienne Westwood’ has owned a shop here since the 1970’s.
Sloane Street is known for catering to the more ‘upper class’ shopper. In the 1990’s people who shopped here became known as ‘Sloane Rangers’. Today you will still find the same kind of high class shops on Sloane Street which runs all the way from Knightsbridge to Sloane Square.
Knightsbridge is home to one of the worlds largest department stores. The department store is ‘Harrods’ which has over 300 different departments. If London where you decide you want to do your Christmas Shopping this year, then make the effort and go to Harrods. Every year at this time the store becomes a ‘winter wonderland’, and even if you don’t do any shopping, it is still worth a visit just to see the store and its spectacular decorations.
The next largest department store in London is ‘Selfridges’. Harry Gordon Selfridge (founder) managed to earn enough funds to open the London Store by working his way up the company ladder at Marshall Field & Company in Chicago, USA.
London offers a wonderful shopping experience no matter what the time of year. There are shops to suit every taste and budget in London, but at Christmas time London has an extra special atmosphere when all the shops and streets are decorated.
Author: Norman MacLeodThis author has published 2 articles so far.