London Drum

Famous Shops & Markets

Every tourist has to visit Harrods (if only to get hold of one of their famous green carrier bags!) and Covent Garden is a great place to do watch some street entertainment. The most popular shopping streets are Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly. Two places that we really recommend are Leadenhall Market and the Royal Exchange

★★Borough Market

Borough Market - A gourmet foodie’s paradise with stalls selling bread, cheese, fish, sweets and meats. It’s also a great place to stop for some lunch6

Burlington Arcade

Burlington Arcade - Burlington Arcade is one of a posh shopping arcade halfway up Piccadilly. But remember to bring your wallet because it’s quite pricey3

★★Camden Town

Camden Markets - Camden Market itself is good if you want clothes and jewellery, whilst Camden Lock Market and Stables Market are better for arts and antiques11

Carnaby Street

Carnaby Street - This was the centre of Swinging London in the 1960s. Now it’s full of catwalk clothes shops, designer boutiques and a few nice pubs and cafes5


Chinatown - Situated just behind Leicester Square, Lisle Street and Gerrard Street are full of Chinese restaurants, Oriental health shops and travel agents9

★★★Covent Garden

Covent Garden - The central piazza has some touristy shops selling knick-knacks. Apple Market sells art and antiques, and Jubilee Market is a car boot sale17

Gabriel’s Wharf

Gabriel’s Wharf - Gabriel’s Wharf is a little arts and crafts town on Southbank with wooden-fronted shops selling arty clothes, crafts and handmade jewellery3


Harrods - Harrods is the world’s most famous department store and it’s worth stepping inside just to visit the fantastic Food Hall and Egyptian escalator9

Hay’s Galleria

Hay’s Galleria - A converted wharf on the Thames has some nice pubs and cafes and high street-style shops inside, and a steampunk-style sculpture of an old ship4

★★★Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market - A beautiful Victorian market that comes straight out of the pages of a Dickens novel. It also doubled up as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter6

Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard - When you discover this street you’ll have a big surprise – it looks like a little hippy enclave with shops selling organic foods and herbal treatments1

★★★St Paul’s Cathedral

One New Change - It’s just a shopping centre with high street shops and restaurants, but don’t miss the fantastic view of St. Paul’s from the rooftop terrace5

★★★Royal Exchange

Royal Exchange - It might look like a museum or art gallery from the outside, but it’s actually a shopping arcade containing expensive boutique shops2