Where to Shop in London: The Best Places For Cheap London Shopping

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Where to Shop in London: The Best Places For Cheap London Shopping

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Cheap shopping in London has got to be one of my very favorite things to do. I might be writing a lot about posh halal restaurants in Mayfair and vegan restaurants where to get the best brunch, but one thing you should never forget about me is that I’m crazy about the London shopping streets and malls. From the biggest shopping centre in London to crazy crowdy shopping areas, I’m there for it all. I love finding out the best charity shops, I love finding new cool budget and discount stores where I can get really good makeup, like the Poundland Makeup Gallery range. I love vintage clothes shopping in Camden Town and Brick Lane. I love it all.

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1. London High Street Shops – The Most Famous Shopping Streets in London

London is a beautiful city which is well known for its high-end designer stores and luxury boutiques. But buying yourself something nice doesn’t mean it has to be expensive, don’t clear your bank just yet. If you’re out shopping in central London for designer clothes or luxury items, there are plenty of shops where you can find them.

But if you’re looking for quality gear at a reasonable price, there are numerous shops offering clothing and other accessories at prices that won’t break the piggy bank. Whether you’re trying to minimize your expenditure, or you want those flying kicks at a bargain, get to know my list of the cheapest shopping areas in London.

The cheapest way to shop in London is to hit the high street. There are many London shopping streets and high street shops in almost every corner of the city, but Oxford Street holds the record for having the most shops in London. Then, you have some other very famous shopping streets like Regent’s Street and the areas around Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden that provide countless high-end and affordable shops.

However, you’ll find street shopping in London can be unbelievably packed (Oxford Street, for instance, which is known to be one of the biggest shopping areas in London) especially on weekends. Try to go on your cheap London shopping spree in the mornings or during the weekdays. Below is a shortlist of a few of the best high street shops:

1. Cheap Shopping in London: Primark

Any compiled list of cheap shops in London would be utterly incomplete without Primark on the list. This shop has everything you want under a single roof. Their merchandise is so cheap you might buy an entire wardrobe. The store is always packed and busy, so expect to find long queues. The quality can be slightly debatable, but where else can you walk with a $50 note and come out with a whole wardrobe?

To be fair, I prefer the Primark store down Tottenham Court Road, in front of the station. I’ve always found there were fewer people there. Plus, their makeup aisle has grown over the years to become quite complete. There’s even a manicure station there where you can get your nails done. Plus, Primark has incorporated a few foreign brands, like Flormar and Golden Rose, which are very cheap makeup brands in London compared to some available at Boots.

2. New Look

New Look is another cheap shop you can stroll by, and it’s an excellent place for men, women, and girls’ clothing and accessories. This high street shop has a variety of clothing. Whether you’re searching for the best work threads or something more fitting for a night out, you can find them all at New Look at affordable prices and of excellent quality.

3. H&M

Shopping at H&M is always a pleasant experience, especially if you consider buying a few tops and t-shirts for under a tenner altogether. The kid’s wear, in particular, is very cheap, with many items starting at only $2.99. Their makeup section might not be the cheapest around, however, it’s very affordable. Having owned their nail polishes and creamy lipsticks, I can vouch for the great value H&M makeup.

4. Biggest Shopping Centres in London: Westfield, Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush

The shopping centers at Westfield are amazing because of their many amenities, they have almost everything you’re searching for in a single place. Westfield in Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush are the biggest shopping center in London. There are food courts, movie theatres, casinos, and other entertainment options on several floors in both shopping centers there.

Since I used to live in Mile End and Bethnal Green the first months I arrived in London, Westfield in Stratford was the smartest place for shopping for me. If you like Asian food, I suggest going to Loon Fung supermarket in Stratford Centre, a smaller shopping center closer to Stratford tube station. You can find all the Asian elements you need there without having to go to Chinatown in Central London to craft the most delicious recipes.

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2. London Cheap Shopping: Outlet Shopping London

Outlet shops are where designers take their remaining stock to be sold at lesser prices. Shopping at outlet stores is an excellent way of saving up some cash, and mostly you’ll be purchasing the exact product that is sold in their retail stores but for a lower price.

1. London Designer Outlet

The London Designer Outlet is an excellent place to do your shopping at a discount. You can buy merchandise from brands like H&M and Adidas at discount prices with outlet shopping in London. Extending on more than three floors, there is a great range of restaurants and cafes if you decide to take a bite.

2. ICON Outlet

This outlet shop is extensively huge and covers more than 200,000 square feet. ICON Outlet works with over 60 brands such as Nike and Adidas, selling their products for up to 70%. The shop is only 15 minutes away from Central London.

3. London Cheap Shopping: Clothes Markets in London

The Best Places for Cheap London Shopping - Oxford Street, Camden Market, Portobello, Vintage Cheap Clothes Shopping, Primark, TK Maxx Candles
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Markets in London are another place where you can find cheap clothes, quality, and want to have the best shopping in London. There are plenty of clothes markets in London. There’s a selection of markets in London ranging from Fashion and street foods to arts and antiques, and I’ve actually written about the best markets in London a while back if you’d like to get to know some new cool shopping places.

Most of these London markets are cheaply priced, and you’re sure to find something at your price range without using up all your cash. If you’re shopping for cheap clothes and quality alike, a visit to one of the clothes markets in London is sure to put a smile on your face. Shop for the hottest, unique, quirky clothes and the best vintage threads at one of these markets.

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1. Camden Market

Camden Market is one of the most visited markets in London, and there’s a reason behind it. This market has more than 700 stalls, which increases the chance to find a bargain here. It’s no wonder I’ve listed a visit to Camden Market as a must-do when you’re looking for the best things to do in Camden Town, one of the most hustly and bustly areas of London.

Some of the Camden Market stalls sell arts, handmade jewelry, fetish clothes, old records, e.t.c. There are so many clothes you can snatch there than you ever thought was possible. Most are vintage, and there are stalls only for old-school designer jeans, leather jackets, boho clothes, and so on and so forth. Additionally, there is an international street food market that sells cheap and delicious food. If you’re out shopping in central London, why not visit Camden Market?

2. Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market has everything, from the tastiest fruits to second-hand furniture. There are sections of the market that offer different services or products; for instance, the backyard specializes in arts and crafts, while Sunday, the upmarket offers exclusive gifts (every Sunday, this market goes to the streets of East London).

The whole Brick Lane road is great for shopping. There, you can get some artisan ice cream – some of the best you’ll ever taste at Dark Sugars!, vintage clothes, broccoli turned art and amazing street food. I used to live just off Bethnal Green Road, and to be honest, I was at Brick Lane at least twice or three times a day, just for the amazing street art and for the thrill of it. If you go there, do not miss out on the amazing salt beef/pickles/mustard bagels from Beigel Bake!

3. Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road Market is one of the biggest antique markets in the world. On Saturdays, dozens of stalls sell antiques and collectibles. You’ll find many stores selling second-hand items, clothes, and household items during the remaining days, but you can also go on Saturday. If you like the crowd. And if you like to see all shops open, all stalls out, and being able to snatch amazing pastries and old cameras. Make sure to pay a visit to the most colorful houses in Notting Hill while you’re there, and to stop for a delish cinnamon roll at Gail’s Bakery while on Portobello Road!

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4. London Department Stores

London has a stunning lineup of shopping centers that you can’t possibly visit all in a day. All of the London shopping centers have some places you can stop by and have a bite or a cup of coffee before returning to your errands. I’m thinking Crosstown Doughnuts in Stratford Shopping Centre, for instance.

Some larger shopping centers have childcare facilities and entertainment venues such as movie theatres and bowling alleys. For instance, if you go to the Stratford Shopping Centre, you can go see a movie at The Vue, where the prices are much cheaper depending on the day of the week, and the time of the day.

1. London Designer Outlet

Located a short distance away from the famous Wembley Stadium, this designer outlet is one of the best shopping malls in London for fashion enthusiasts. It features many of the most famous and hottest names like Calvin Klein, Nike, and Converse at amazing discounts. With over 60 incredible storefronts to explore, you leave the mall with a new wardrobe full of the latest and trendy Fashion wears, going up to 85% discounts off retail prices.

2. Burlington Arcade

Burlington Arcade is marked out as the first Shopping Arcade in the world, being as it opened in 1819. Lord Cavendish initially opened this arcade to keep the residents from littering in the gardens neighboring Burlington house.

From Piccadilly to Burlington Gardens, Burlington Arcade hosts plenty of high-end shops, some of which have been in business for decades. It is considered one of the best London shopping Centers.

3. Kingly Court

Kingly Court might have many shops and food stalls, but it’s nothing close to your typical shopping mall. This elegant outdoor courtyard is extended to three levels and awakes whenever the sun shines. Don’t be upset; you can still visit in winter as the overhead covers everyone and keeps the mall warm.

4. Duke of York Square

Duke of York Square is a one-of-a-kind shopping mall and is just as fancy as the name sounds. Located in a wealthy area of Chelsea, London, it’s an outdoor experience that features a wealth of Fashion, beauty, delicacies, and culture. Okay, it’s not one of the cheapest areas in London, but it deserves its share of the spotlight because of its beauty.

5. Canary Wharf Shopping Centre

Canary Wharf Shopping Centre surrounds numerous independent shopping malls that all provide their retail and dining delights. This vast underground space hosts around 120 stalls or more, from Fashion to homewares and plenty more.

Despite this shopping mall’s commercial nature, it doesn’t sacrifice open air space. Fact is, there are over 20 acres of rich landscaped gardens. Additionally, it has the most extensive collection of open-air public art. Grab something nice to eat and your favorite drink at one of the many food stalls and find a nice spot to enjoy the scenery.

Whether you’re looking for rare and unusual clothes or looking for the trendiest outfits, there is something for everyone in London shopping malls.  Even if you’re just window shopping, spare some time and visit some of these shopping malls; I assure you the services and food offered at these malls will make your day lively.

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5. London Budget Shopping: Discount Shops in London

There are many places to shop in London, and I thought I’d keep the best for last. We’ve talked so much about cheap clothes shopping in London, but what if you want something a bit different, like candles, shoes, books, or makeup? Here are my favorite cheap shopping places in London for all those home and wellness thingies:

1. Cheap London Shopping: TK Maxx

I’ve written a full post about the best candle brands in TK Maxx – from DW Home to Yankee Candle, you can find all the brands that offer the coolest, cheap candles in London at the moment. And I’m talking vintage style, super stylish, huge scented candles right in the heart of the city. At TK Maxx, you can find quite anything you’re looking for, from candles to kids clothes, designer discounted clothes, pantry goods, stationery, shoes… Anything.

2. Deichmann

When you work in hospitality in London, and you need new comfortable shoes to hold up during those double shifts, your manager will most probably recommend you to buy some Clarks shoes. For a lower budget, they’ll recommend Deichmann, one of the coolest shoe stores in London. The shoes there are cheap, quite good quality, and they hold in time. Stylish or classic, you’ll find all styles there.

3. Flying Tiger

Flying Tiger is one of my favorite shopping places in London when I want to buy something just for the fun of it. It’s one of those shops where you can find all the little things that always seem to be missing at home, from needles to canvas to paint on, from crackers to milkshake powders. I love going there as the prices are always kept pretty slow. You can even buy a ukulele or a yoga mat there, along with notebooks and candles!

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Where to Shop in London: The Best Places For Cheap London Shopping

There you have them, the best London shopping streets, department stores, and shopping centers where you can get some amazing… anything, at a fraction of the cost. I haven’t included discount stores and budget shops in London on this list, as I’ve already written a complete article about them. From clothes markets like Portobello Market and Brick Lane Road to high street shopping, I’ve included all the places that can make your shopping moment a dream.

I’ll soon write more articles about shopping in London for books, candles, makeup, shoes, and much more. Stick around if you don’t want to miss out on any London goodness on The London Rack by signing up for the newsletter. And in the meantime, if you want to discover more amazing shopping places in London, do check out the coolest charity shops in all of the city!

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