Shopping in London

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.

Trafalgar Square, London, Sightseeing, self guided walking tour, shopping tour
Trafalgar Square

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.

National Gallery, London, Sightseeing, self guided walking tour, shopping tour
National Gallery

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.

St Martin in the Fields, St Martin, Anglican Church, Trafalgar Square, London
St Martin in the Fields

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!

Leicester Square, Leicester Square Christmas market, London, Sightseeing, self guided walking tour, shopping tour
Leicester Square Christmas Market

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.

Regent Street, London, Sightseeing, self guided walking tour, shopping tour
Regent Street

Flagship stores such as Hamleys and the wonderful department store, Liberty can be found here…

Liberty, West End Shopping, London, Sightseeing, self guided walking tour, shopping tour

2 minutes walk from Regent Street is Carnaby Street, a pedestrianised shopping area great for fashion and lifestyle…

Carnaby Street, London, pedestrianised, shopping

Food is great in this area too, such as the  3 storey dining destination at Kingly Court.

Kingly Court, Dining, Restaurants, near Carnaby Street, London
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.

Oxford Street, London, Sightseeing, self guided walking tour, shopping tour
Oxford Street

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.

China town, London, Chinese food, Chinese restaurants
China Town

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.

Covent Garden Market, Covent Garden, London, shopping, restaurants
Covent Garden Market

Finally, head back towards Charing Cross station which is just over a 5 minute walk from here.

Make sure you read my blog post which includes tips and advantages of self-guided walking tours in London before setting off too!

Suggested Further Reading:

Restaurants in London where I have dined solo

Hotels in London I can recommend staying at alone

Things to do in London – that I have enjoyed doing alone