Christmas Shopping in Greater London
If you don’t fancy venturing into the crowded streets of Central London there are many excellent shopping opportunities outside the city centre. Check out our guide to the best places to head.
Shopping in West London
Since Heathrow Airport is located in West London, this area is very easily accessible if you’re travelling in from the airport.
In Uxbridge, which is located about 12kms north of the airport, you will find The Chimes. This shopping centre has almost everything you’ll need in a variety of categories such as Burton, Debenhams, Gap, New Look and many others.
From the airport head north on the M25, turning east on the M40 and then south along the Oxford Road.
Travelling into the city centre along the A40, you’ll pass through Ealing, home of Ealing Broadway Centre and the Arcadia Centre. In the Ealing Broadway Centre, you’ll find many of the bigger stores such as Tesco, Argos, Marks & Spensers and Beales, but there are also plenty of smaller shops such as Miss Selfridges, River Island, Ann Harvey, Goldsmiths as well as many others.
Closer to the city centre is the borough of Fulham. Fulham exists in a bend of the Thames south of the A4. Here you have the Fulham Broadway shopping centre, which has a great many shops. These include David Deyong, Joy, Monsoon, Zavvi and a number of restaurants and beauty clinics.
Shopping in East London
The East side isn’t as well served with shopping centres as the West. There is, however, the Kingsland Centre in Hackney and in the Docklands there’s the Canary Wharf Shopping Mall.
In the Canary Wharf Shopping Mall you’ll find all the same names you’d find on the high street such as A Gift From The Gods, English Tailoring, Duchamp, Game, HMV, Kate Kuba, Zara and this is just to name a few.
If you want to avoid the city centre on your way to the east side, you can either go all the way around the M25 till you get to the A13 which will take you past the Docklands on its way to the city centre.
Alternatively you can just head for the city centre. When you get to Kensington and Chelsea, cut south of the Thames and cut through Southwark and you will come out the other side of the city centre close to the Docklands.
Shopping in South London
In South London there are a few places to check out including the Centre Court Shopping, located in Wimbledon with Boots, Debenhams, Gap, H&M, and Kew.
Located in Kingston-upon-Thames you’ll find the Bentall Centre, which is home to such stores as Game, HMV, Espirit, Shoon, Swag and others.
Finally, in Croydon, there’s the Centrale Shopping Centre and the Whitgift Centre. In Centrale Shopping Centre you will find House of Fraser, Debenhams, Next, Zara, H&M, French Connection and Aldo.
To get to Croydon from Heathrow Airport head south on the M25, and when you get to junction 7, take the M23 (N) exit to Croydon.
Shopping in North London
North London is probably the least well served of the 4 outer London areas. However in Islington there’s the N1 Islington Shopping Centre, with a great many shops, such as Next, Gap, Oasis, and it also has its own car park.
In the borough of Wood Green there’s The Mall (Wood Green) Shopping Centre, although it’s still sometimes called Shopping City, its former name. It features Argos, SaSa Jewelery, 1 4 U, Peacocks and much more. Located close to The Mall is the High Street for Wood Green and this has a few interesting shops as well.
Wood Green is located adjacent to Tottenham and is about half way between the M1 and the M11, which forms the border of North London. From Heathrow head towards the city centre along the A4, and then turn off onto the A406/North Circular Road which orbits the city half way out to the M25. When you get to New Southgate you can turn right onto the Bounds Green Road which will take you into Wood Green.
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