What to do in London in January: Shopping and More
January is one of the best months to visit London for shopping. The January sales are on, so shoppers can enjoy buying great things for less.
London has several distinct shopping areas and shopping streets, and many of them have their own specialities. Shopping in London is exciting and varied: from luxury goods in Mayfair, quirky finds in Covent Garden, to world famous shopping centres as Harrods. So, you can easily spend a whole day browsing shops in London. Here are just a few hints on the best shopping destinations you can’t miss.
Exclusive Mayfair and Bond Street
If you wish to splash out on the very best in designer clothes, Mayfair and Bond Street are the perfect places. Popular with celebrities on a spree, this is probably London's most exclusive shopping area, home to big names, including Tiffany & Co and Burberry.
Oxford Street boasts more than 300 shops and landmark stores. This is the very heart of London shopping! Budget shoppers will grab some bargain fashion at Primark store and check the latest trends at TopShop in Oxford Circus, and will find some good treats as well, if they get off the beaten track and slip into St Christopher Place and Berwick Street nearby.
Fashionistas should visit the legendary Selfridges. Actually, if you are in the market for designer apparel, Selfridges can be your one stop shop. .However, if you have some extra time, indulge the high-class department stores in the neighbourhood, such as Debenhams and John Lewis.
Elegant Regent Street and Jermyn Street
Regent Street offers a huge range of mid-priced fashion stores alongside some of the city's oldest and most famous shops, including Liberty, The Apple Store and Hamleys.
In close proximity, historic Jermyn Street is worth visiting for men’s clothing, and is particularly famous for its bespoke shirt makers Benson & Clegg, and shoe shops such as John Lobb.
Shopping Paradise at Harrods
How can we talk about January shopping without talking about Harrods? Just down the road from the Kensington, the capital’s most renowned department store will offer you up to 50 per cent off handbags, fantastic shoes and clothes, women’s beauty and homewares, jewellery and gifts throughout January.
Though the products sold here are far from being cheap, Harrods offers trendy crowd an option of strolling through the luxury store for free. Opened in 1843, this amazing place is worth visiting if only to witness its history and grandeur.
Wrap up Warm and Keep Shopping
Temperatures in London average between 2C and 10C in January. So, make sure to wrap up warm when exploring the capital’s shopping hotspots. When all of a sudden you feel you are cold, then take refuge in one of cosy pubs, enjoy a hot drink with a view on a heated rooftop terrace transformed for winter, and then keep going to see as much of London as you can.