Dit gebied was vroeger thuis van Londen's groente-en fruitmarkt, die nu verplaatst is naar de New Covent Garden Market in Bermondsey. Vandaag is het een verzameling van winkels die een verscheidenheid van goederen, antiek en handvaardigheid aan foto's en handgemaakte kleding verkopen. Er is ook een openlucht, geplaveid gebied waar mime en jongleren soms vertoond worden. Muzikanten spelen regelmatig in de mooie binnenplaatsen rond de marktkramen. Er zijn ook een paar plekken om te lunchen of om een ijsje te eten.
Billingsgate Market is the United Kingdom's busiest and one of the largest inland fish market. Earlier known as Blynesgate, it was originally a general market selling coal, salt, corn, wine, pottery and other miscellaneous items. In this chaotic fish market one can find a variety of fresh catch brought from Aberdeen and Cornwall. Apart from the wide variety of fresh fish available, the market also has poultry vendors, sundry traders and some restaurants. Escorted tours to the market place could be arranged with prior notice. Here's a little trivia; the word 'Billingsgate' became synonymous with crude and vulgar language because of the coarse language used by the fisher folk there.
Crest of London proudly bears the honor of being one of the city's premiere souvenir shops. With five stores across the village and an online store to boot, finding that perfect memento could hardly be easier. Crest of London carries nothing but the finest merchandise, whether it be the London historical ashtray, the mini shot glass set, or the adorable teddy bears (your choice of Beefeater, police or guard) for which your heart pines. Crest of London at Whitehall is conveniently located just off Trafalgar Square, and is a great place to pick up a little something to commemorate your sojourn in the city.
Primark sells own-label goods at amazingly low prices. There are items for the house as well as clothes and accessories for men, women and children. A quick browse can lead to amazing finds, Birkenstock-copy sandals, jeans, knitwear, childrenswear, homeware, accessories, cosmetics, etc. at less than half the price that most high street stores charge.
TK Maxx is an ideal shopping destination for the fashionista looking out for budget apparels and accessories. With more than 200 stores across United Kingdom, this Bloomsbury outlet of TK Maxx, located in central London, does not fail to impress. Discounts constantly offered at TK Maxx - Charing Cross, ensure that shoppers can purchase high-end designer labels and notable brands at reasonable rates. Clothing, jewelry, handbags, footwear, beauty products and more, are available for men, women and children.
An excellent family run business with a reputation to match, the Ascot Carpet Company sells a variety of rugs in different fabrics, colors and finishes. They even let you design your own rug by choosing the color as well as material which could be jute, paper, wool, sea grass or bamboo. A fitting service is provided whereby you can get your floor done in wood or vinyl. The rates for all products are the best available and the workmanship is guaranteed.
Located in the basement of the National Portrait Gallery, alongside the swanky restaurant, the National Portrait Gallery Shop is a true treat for art lovers. The shop specializes in British Art primarily (much of which has been or is inspired by the gallery's ongoing exhibitions and/or permanent collection), but it also stocks a wide range of biographies and history and painting titles. There is a mail order service available and you can also buy CD ROM's and educational aids. Accessories, greeting cards and artistic homeware items can also be bought here.
Fancy That Of London is a name well known in the city, and has been in business since the 1970s. This particular branch is located on Haymarket Street, close to the major tourist attractions. Come by to check out a variety of gift items, souvenirs and tea. You can buy showpieces, soft toys, bags, books, bottle-openers, clocks, caps, spoons, tea trays, wallets, and stationery. The store also offers branded tea and sundry items.
Although this looks rather small and unassuming from the bustling pavement on Piccadilly Circus, wander inside and you'll find five floors of sporting goods to make your eyes pop out. All manner of sporty gear including Gortex jackets, tennis rackets, golf clubs, cricket bats, gym equipment, tents and swimwear - you name it, and they've probably got it. This flagship store is huge, so ask one of the friendly and well-trained staff members for help and they'll send you in the right direction. This store has a long sporting history and it seems one they're keen to maintain.
Located in the Limehouse region of London around Gerrard Street, this is the primary section of town to which residents of Hong Kong immigrated after World War II. Here you're likely to find some of the best Chinese cuisine the city has to offer, along with some pretty cheap souvenirs. At night, this place comes alive with stores, supermarkets, and shops all throwing their wares out on the street for curious passer-bys to gaze at. Despite the stories of Opium dens and slum housing, London's Chinatown has now emerged as one of the more happening parts of the city.