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Best Shopping in London's Trendy Shoreditch

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If you're looking for what's trending in fashion, you really need to visit Shoreditch in East London.

Here's what you'll want to check out:

(1) BoxparkA clever use of space. A collection of boxcars with little pop-up shops in them. Some have great names like #wanderingminds but many are large companies (e.g. Gap)  that want in on this hot shopping area. 



(2) Old Spitafields Market - You'll find small boutiques, cafes, pubs in the buildings that surround the stalls of the market. While the market is open throughout the week, the biggest days are on the weekends (be prepared for crowds). The offerings vary - on Saturdays you'll find mainly clothing, jewelry,  and crafts.

(3) Wander - There are always new things to see in Shoreditch. For example, how about this tricked out bicycle outside the vintage store Love Street.


(4) Sorry Coffee Co. - Stop for a delicious coffee at this fun coffee bar/clothing store. They're super friendly and they make amazing coffee!

(5) Labour and Wait - retro home accessories/appliances of another era presented in such an appealing way - you'll be hard pressed to leave without something. We brought home one of these dibbers (for planting bulbs!) Plus we like saying the word dibbler.

Planting tool from Labour and Wait

(6) Luna & Curious

Love, love, love this little boutique that always has a well-curated collection of jewelry, accessories and things for your baby and toddler.

Great choices for kids at Luna & Curious

And for us, it wouldn't be a day in Shoreditch without stopping at our favorite Indian restaurant, Dishoom. Seriously - the best!

Happy Shopping! If there's a place you love in Shoreditch, share it with us!

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The Best Luxury Shopping in London: Five Must See Stops

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Shopping (or at least window shopping!) for the best luxury goods in London has to include a visit to the Mayfair District. The two main streets are Old Bond and New Bond - where you will find all international luxury jewelry and fashion houses with a mix of local designers and art galleries.

 (Shoppers out on New Bond Street in London's Mayfair District.)

(1) Shoes are serious business here. Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Tod's, Bally - all have a presence. Prada is one of our favorites to visit. The shop is beautifully designed and the staff is both friendly and knowledgeable without being overly pushy.

(Serious dancing shoes from Prada, 16-18 Old Bond Street.)

Equally friendly and ever so comfortable, Tod's shoes are dreamy. We couldn't get over these adorable offerings for the extremely well-heeled toddlers.


(2) Flowers! I always love stopping and looking at the flower stall at the beginning of New Bond Street - even the flowers here seem more luxe than your average flower stand in New York.


(3) #statementnecklaces galore. A girl can dream. Every major jewelry house is here: Cartier, Harry Winston, Bulgari, Tiffany, De Beers - you get the idea. Window shopping at it's best!  Here's a little piece - just to wear out and about.

 (The original #statementnecklace from Cartier. We think we'd also need the earrings too!)

(4). UK Originals - Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Victoria Beckham, Burberry, Smythson of Bond Street - All of these English brands are now international but are fun to visit where they started.

(5) Arcades - There are several shopping arcades in London that are just really pretty to walk. Many filled with cashmere, chocolate, silver, jewelry and other fun to see little shops. 

(The Royal Arcade between 28 Bond Street and 12 Albemarle Street) is down the street  and around the corner from the larger Burlington Arcade.)

And of course, we brought all of our treasures home in our Quilted Koala Blissful Duffel!


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