Even if I love the culture side by traveling, I am a girl and a big part of going to a new place is to take a look at the local stores. London is well known for their wide selection of fashion stores.
We started down at piccadilly circus, also known for the big wall with neon advertisement. A fun place to see and a good starting point. From there we walked up. One tips is to walk a little bit in to the small side streets. Here you can find the more independent, one of a kind, stores, that you later still will remember as something special. I find it really fun to almost get lost in London, because you can always find your way home with the tubes. Just don´t be to late out on no where 😉
After a while we came to Oxford street . Oxford street is the biggest shopping street in London, with all the fashion stores you can imagine. It´s also one of the most busy once. It´s so many people everywhere! For my part it´s a little bit too many people. I prefer the more quiet side streets where I can breath and walk in my own speed, without getting stepped on.
After that we went for Harrods. Harrods is a luxurious shopping center in London. It have the most expensive brands in the fashion marked and the most luxurious exhibitions. It was really beautiful and some not so beautiful. If you want to see someone known you can almost be sure you will come over one or two if you hang round Harrods long enough. It is here the rich and famous shop. So for a backpacker it´s more window shopping I would think.
London is a shopping mecca thats for sure. But I have to admit, a whole day with walking around in stores is hard. It´s not something I would prefer to do. Take some stores each day instead of everything in one day.