Undoubtedly, this is the best toy shop in the world and the oldest I've ever been to in my life. There is everything that you imagine in toys and a little more. You can play, you can participate, you can have fun as if you were still a kid; it's a special and perfect place. Since it's almost always raining in the city, this is the perfect place to spend the day. Monigotes over here, magicians over there, escalextrics up and airplanes down, monsters and robots ... Seriously do not miss this magical place if you find yourself in London.
M&M's World is an enormous shop near Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, in the center of London. As the name suggests, this is a store dedicated entirely to...what? Obviously M&M's, the delicious, colorful candy!
Here you'll find a number of colors and flavors unavailable normally, as well as all kinds of goods and souvenirs with the M&M's brand and logo. It's impossible to leave empty-handed!
When I went to London, I knew that cyberdog existed. People had told me that it was a curious "cyber style" store, but it wasn't what i expected. It's like a club that sells clothes. It has two large statues at the entrance, so if you're in Camden and are close, you'll see it. It was not too crowded, but I think the majority of people there were tourists, rather than customers. I noticed that the store clerks are also gogo dancers, at least some of them, and they dance on platforms by the entrance.
The Apple Store outside of Spain are beautiful, but that of Covent Garden and Piccadilly have a bonus. Both the architecture and the interior layout and materials seem an homage to Apple. If you have a mac, do not leave London without visiting these stores, especially in Covent Garden. You can use their free wifi to contact Spain ;-)
Fans of this iconic American clothing brand were hoping that a store would open in Europe, and now they have their wish, with a flagship store right in the heart of London. The shop is not advertised, but it doesn't need to be...there are always queues in the street, waiting both to enter and to take a photo with one of the stunning shirtless young guys working there! Inside you'll find two incredibly atmospheric floors, with disco music and great lighting. In fact, the clothes are the least interesting thing about the shop, with unremarkable casual clothing (t-shirts for around €40). From Picadilly head to the Burlington Arcade, off to the right, cross the street and look for the building, or the queues.
This shop is very curious because it has no name and no sign, but I don't think it needs one. The owner usually puts a sale rack of clothing out on the sidewalk. It usually has coats or woven jackets that can be either for the summer or winter. The inside of the store has a lot of character, it has wooden floors and a good selection of men's shoes. In addition there is a good selection of men's shirts and vintage suits that date back to between the 40's and the 70's.
If you situate yourselves at the Piccadilly fountain, there is a classical building that you should see in front of you, to the right of the Criterium. It's a super cheap sports shop, crowded, and very large. Have patience when waiting in line to pay, but you can find real bargains if you look. Carefully with excess baggage at the airport!
In the basement of Old Trafford is the official team shop. It's one of the world's most popular team shops in the world. You can buy a souvenir of the "Red Devils", be it a Cristiano Ronaldo shirt, or a different garment (hats, scarves, pants, jackets, coats, socks) ... Recently, Manchester United has been one of the most successful teams in the world, and they've taken advantage of this to improve their marketing and invest more money in the team. It's clear that this has been successful based on the shop. Although for me the products on offer at Liverpool were cooler.
This shop in Camden Market in London is one of the most famous shops for t-shirts featuring pop and rock groups. For lovers of groups like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, the Ramones, the Rolling Stones, and The Who, this is a true temple. Prices are about twenty pounds and there are many sizes for both girls and boys. You can also buy rain boots (which are perfect for England), sunglasses, chiffon skirts, leggings, PVC clothing, etc.
Primark is the temple of cheap fashion that does not cost much but has style and everyone asks you where you got your clothe from. It is a bit like H & M in Sweden and in England there is a reference to Primark fashion, especially during the sales. Prices for the garments start at under 5 pounds and accessories below 1 pound! It's actually an Irish Store. There are shops in Ireland, the UK and Spain which are very new. And they now accept long distance buying from outside the country and you can get everything from home. Primark started in the 70s but it was at the beginning of 2000 that the brand really took off, becoming the focus of the younger generation. The shop in Newcastle is located in Northumberland Road.
Mega-City Comics is a fantastic comic book store located in Camden Town, North London with all kinds of comics for all ages - from the best comics for children, the political cutting edge style of Persepolis or Maus to typical superhero comics such as Watchmen or Marvel.
I found this gem in the London district of Notting Hill (yes, the movie) on the corner of Portobello Road. It's defined as an antique, but more than that, it has English pottery of top quality and a reasonable price. This area is known for a good Sunday walk or to buy things that will bring memories to one tomorrow for those that have been there.
AllSaints Spitalfields is an English chain of fashion stores. When you enter the store in Notting Hill, you aren't necessarily attracted to the clothes, but the fact that the windows are filled with antique Singer sewing machines. The space has a very industrial feel, the shelves and displays are made from old pipes and machinery, and it has a retro and industrial air. There are Ipad2s spread over 2 floors so you can browse the collection and prices. The window that faces the street is dedicated to women's clothing. It is forbidden to take pictures inside the store but you are allowed to take pictures from the street. You can buy AllSaints clothes in Madrid, in IQ, but I fear that they may lose a bit of their charm when not bought in the store.
This shop on the famous Portobello Road in London, in the west of the city, specializes in posters, signs and plaques with inscriptions that relate to the city or are just interesting or funny. They have a real complete collection with everything: London Street names, legends, drawings, traffic signs, superheroes, subway posters, etc. It's a good place to buy a souvenir from the city.
This is a huge store where you can easily get lost, with one floor for shoes, another for underwear, another for women's clothes, as well as menswear and costume jewelry ... the prices are ridiculous for such good quality! Don't miss it!
If you love sneakers Offspring is a paradise. There is literally hundreds of them from the best brands, models and colors. It is however more expensive than in Spain. To give you an idea, Van's, Converse, Nike, Adidas Y3, Asics Tiger, New Balance, Onitsuka, Supra, Lacoste, Gram, Clae, Common Projects, Oki-Kutsu, Keep ...
The chain of record stores called Rough Trade has three branches in London. The first, the legendary Rough Trade on Talbot Street in Portobello, the second, the tiny shop in the basement of Neil's Yard in Covent Garden and the newest and most spacious of Rough Trade shops is located on a side street off Brick Lane. It is surrounded by art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars. This branch has recently been named one of the 20 best stores in the world for its unique design. Rough Trade Brick Lane boasts an important selection of vinyl and CDs and 20,000 letters of recommendation praising the store. The store is really a great place with a very functional and decorative details conventional minimum, in fact one might think that they have made no effort to clean up the store to make it look like a FNAC, say for shop name discs. It has a café, an internet corner, an area where very often free concerts and a workshop / office in the mezzanine level.