London's hidden shopping gemsPosted on: 23 November 2010 by Shopaholic 50connect
Our resident shopaholic takes us on a backstreet tour of London and unveils the hidden gems lurking in discount malls and factory outlets!
London is famous for its shopping both nation and world-wide, so no matter what your budget you can always find a bargain ... if you look in the right places. For overseas visitors, with the weakened sterling it's even better value for money with many stores removing VAT. As well as all the department stores and well known shopping areas, there are some hidden gems if you're willing to stray not too far from the madding crowd.
Here is a selection of my favourites, happy bargain hunting:-
Clarks Factory Shops
If you're a fan of Clarks, don't treck to Somerset for the factory prices, you can find them in London!
- Seven Sisters Road: 67-83 Seven Sisters, London N7 6BU
- Elephant & Castle: 323/324 Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London SE11 6TB
- Fulham: North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1NG
- Kilburn: 103/107 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 4HY
- Peckham: 61/63 Rye Lane, London SE15 5EX
Most shops open 7 days a week with normal trading hours, have a wide range of sizes, stock and prices.
Burberry Factory Store
29-53 Chatham Place, Hackney, London E9 6LP. Opening: Mon – Sat (10am – 6pm) & Sun (11am – 5pm)
The Thomas Burberry Factory Store in Hackney, London, is a must see for Burberry fans. You'll find a wide range from the signature burberry range including their classic check and famous trench ranges all for a fraction of the Bond Street prices. Located at the old factory building not far from the mainline station: Hackney Central and the Hackney Town Hall, the store has attracted visitors from all over the world. (Note: there is no changing room so you have to be sure of your sizes and you also have to leave your personal belongings in the lockers provided).
13-14 Hanover Street, London W1S 1YH. Opening: Mon – Sat (10am – 6:30pm) & Sun (12noon – 6pm)
A designer fashion outlet slap bang in the middle of London shopping haven, Oxford Street. Featuring a cornucopia of designer clothes and accessories at excellent prices including everything from Gucci, Jimmy Choo, D&G, Dior, YSL, Fendi, Chloe, Missioni, Prada, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Aquascutum, Boatang, Emmanuel Ungaro, Celine to Armani and many more. Look out for the special offers on handbags, belts, ties, gloves, scarves, formal and casual wear with up to 70% off normal recommended retail prices.
25 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE7 7RJ. Opening: Mon – Sat (11am – 7pm)
Located only 5 minutes walk from Waterloo Station, Gramex buys and sells classical and Jazz CDs and LPs at very competitive prices. It also arranges home visits to pick up large collections if you are selling. Recognised as one of the best second hand CD stores around, there's plenty to choose from with much of the jazz and classical stock in excellent condition. The owners are delightful and have an extensive knowledge of all genres and are refreshingly welcoming. Give yourself plenty of time for a good rummage.
The Lower Marsh has a selection of great shops from books, to butchers and knitting, a chinese restaurant, cafe and library. It's a popular lunch time haunt for locals and Woody Allan shot his latest film here.
Allders at Croydon
2 North End, Croydon CR9 1SB
Opening: Mon – Sat except Thurs (9:30am – 6pm) & Sun (11am – 5pm)
The only Allders left in the UK and located in Croydon High Street, it's entrance is from the Whitgift Centre. The store has discounted and sales merchandise all year round, from electrical to kitchen, dining and clothing. The basement floor is being transformed into a mini outlet with excellent prices and many well known brands! That’s all folks! More to come next time!
Happy bargain hunting!!
The Shopaholic x
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