Shops, Restaurants, Sightseeing
Is it a full on day shopping in London that you are after? Would you like to combine shopping with sightseeing? Or maybe you would like to go shopping and eat some good food! Whichever option you prefer, follow my self-guided walking tour of some main shopping areas in London and tailor make the day to suit you. Here is the route I took…
My Self-Guided Walking Tour Route
I started my self-guided walking tour at Charing Cross station. Just a few minutes walking brings you to Trafalgar Square. Here you can see Nelson’s column which commemorates the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. The lions that surround it are believed to protect it.
Adjacent to Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery, an art museum. Admission is free and you can admire work from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh.
Opposite Trafalgar Square you will find St Martin in the Fields, an Anglican Church. Here you can attend a service or a concert. See what’s on today! The cafe in the crypt is popular for food and drink together with admiring the architecture.
A five minute walk from here brings you to Leicester Square. From November to January, this is a great place to come for some tasty nibbles and some shopping at the Christmas Markets!
Next, walk along Coventry Street for approximately 5 minutes until you get to Piccadilly Circus. From here, proceed along Regent Street and enjoy shopping in one of the main shopping streets in London.
Flagship stores such as Hamleys and the wonderful department store, Liberty can be found here…
2 minutes walk from Regent Street is Carnaby Street, a pedestrianised shopping area great for fashion and lifestyle…
Food is great in this area too, such as the 3 storey dining destination at Kingly Court.
A few minutes walk from here is Oxford Street. Again, one of the main shopping districts in London, great for High Street brands like Top Shop, H&M and the department store Selfridges.
From Oxford Street, proceed in an easterly direction and turn right onto Wardour Street, then right onto Shaftesbury Avenue and left onto Wardour Street. This will bring you to China Town after just over a 10 minute walk. Once here, you can choose from one of the many Chinese Restaurants, browse the shops or take in the vibrant atmosphere.
From China Town, head towards Covent Garden, which is less than a 10 minute walk away. At Covent Garden you will find markets selling crafts, art, clothes and jewellery, fashion and beauty shops, street entertainers, restaurants and bars.
Finally, head back towards Charing Cross station which is just over a 5 minute walk from here.
I hope you have enjoyed some of the shopping ideas from this walking route. I have also written reviews of a couple of restaurants in this area that you may wish to read about or visit, which I felt were great places to dine alone.
Souk Medina – for Moroccan Food
Dishoom – for Indian Food
Make sure you read my blog post which includes tips and advantages of self-guided walking tours in London before setting off too!