Shopping in London
(Another article about London: Visiting London Attractions in a 3 Days Tour)
European stores chains
One of the most known and cheap chains in Europe is Primark. It is originally an English store, but it spread fast in many countries in Europe and became a chain for huge department stores, which are known for their medium-cheap prices. Today you can find Primart stores in England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherland and more.
Another big fashion chain in Europe is C&A, which was founded in the Netherlands at 1841. Today the chain has over 1500 stores all over Europe: Germany, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Denmark and more. Around 200 branches are for children only, but most of the branches includes fashion, clothing and accessories for all the family: women's men's, boys and girls.
A "smaller" chain (but everything is
relatively...) is the successful and classic
The chain was founded in France in the 70's, originally
as a boutique that serves women. The boutique turned
into men's and women's clothing in France and from here
to all of Europe. Today in 50 countries in and outside
of Europe, you can find over 1060 stores: France, Italy,
Germany, Belgium, Spain, Romania and even China, USA,
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. The stores are
suited mostly for those whom are looking for good
quality in reasonable prices.
For full details about the branches, stores and clothing: Promod.
Another chain which established itself as suited for younger people, students and fans of the elegant sports look. The chain A.P.C was founded in late 80's and today is scattered around many countries in Europe like the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, and Spain and even opened a branch in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
As stated the shop in very popular among students over the world and offers mostly new casual clothing.
Worthwhile shopping in European countries:
Beyond the big European chains, in many countries in Europe you will find unique stores, worthwhile sales, markets and local chains worth visiting.
Shopping in London
London, the biggest city in the United Kingdom, is
located on the bank of river Thames and it attracts
millions of tourists every year. Not for nothing London
became in the year 2012 the most touristic city in the
world, after the number of tourists visiting It that
year was 16.9 million!
The number and variety of attractions in London is very big, so every visitor to the city can find the attraction that is close to his heart. London has everything from everything - art, street culture, music, museums, gallery's, sports, restaurants, musicals, theaters, history, heritage sites, , churches, squares, parks, luxury stores, markets and the list goes on.
Shopping fans knows that the best time to come to London
is during the sales season, in other words right after
Christmas and for 1 month. In the summer, the sales
occur during June-August. During the whole year, but
especially in the sales season, one of London's most
famous shopping streets is Oxford St. The street which
is 2.5 kilometers is London's main shopping street and
so it is a must visit site for shopping fans - but not
only to them. In this street you will find every fashion
network you can think of, but also many souvenirs shops
and department stores. In the sale times many stores
offers very worthwhile discounts.
More impressive stores are located in the street vertical to Oxford, Regent St. In the head of the big and impressive store of Apple and of course, the toy store Hamleys. The store which was established in the year 1760, is like heaven for everyone - big and small - who will be happy to get lost in the 7 floors of puppets, puzzles, Lego, computer games, Board games, costumes and much more.
A different type of shopping area, and mostly designated for markets and boutique shops fans, is the famous, Hill Notting. it is a colorful and fashionable neighborhood and it is located in the north-west corner of the green Kensington gardens. The main attraction in the neighborhood is Portobelo road market, it offers antiques, clothing, bags, jewelry, fashion and cosmetic products, souvenirs and more fashion items alongside vegetables, fruits, pastries and other types of food. The market is open every day of the week, but it is highly recommended visiting it on saturdays, then the streets are more active and the variety of stans is bigger.
A different shopping experience in its purpose you will find in a short distance from the neighborhood. The prestigious department store Harrods, it is located near the tube station Knightsbridge. Harrods is a huge department store, very famous and very prestigious. The area of the store - on its 5 floors - and over 20,000 square meters you will find cosmetics products, clothing, jewelry, bags, books together with accessories (very expensive) for pets, an entire floor dedicated to Christmas decorations, a food floor and more. It is recommended to visit and wash your eyes with the overpriced and luxurious items...
(Another article about London:
Visiting London Attractions in a 3 Days Tour)