Shopping in The United Kingdom

  • Shopping in East End

    The Barras

    Glasgow’s legendary weekend flea market, the Barras on Gallowgate, is a fascinating mixture of on-trend openings and working-class Glasgow. Genuine old stalls flogging time-faded glasses, posters and DVDs that you'd struggle to give away are juxtaposed with vintage classics, very earthy traders' pubs and a street scene where fake designer gear is marked down and dodgy characters peddle smuggled cigarettes.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kensington & Hyde Park

    Harrods

    Garish and stylish in equal measure, perennially crowded Harrods is an obligatory stop for visitors, from the cash-strapped to the big spenders. The stock is astonishing, as are many of the price tags. Many visitors don't make it past the ground floor where designer bags, myriad scents from the perfume hall and the mouthwatering counters of the food hall provide plenty of entertainment.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kensington & Hyde Park

    John Sandoe Books

    Steeped in literary charm and a perfect antidote to impersonal book superstores, this three-storey bookshop in an 18th-century premises inhabits its own universe. A treasure trove of literary gems and hidden surprises, it's been in business for over six decades. Loyal customers swear by it, and knowledgeable booksellers spill forth with well-read pointers and helpful advice.

  • Shopping in The West End

    Liberty

    One of London's most recognisable shops, Liberty department store has a white-and-wood-beam Tudor Revival facade that lures shoppers in to browse luxury contemporary fashion, homewares, cosmetics and accessories, all at sky-high prices. Liberty is known for its fabrics and has a full haberdashery department; a classic London gift or souvenir is a Liberty fabric print, especially in the form of a scarf.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in City Centre

    Blackwell’s

    The most famous bookshop in the most studenty of cities, Blackwell’s is, with its vast range of literature, treatises and guilty pleasures, a book-lover’s dream. Be sure to visit the basement Norrington Room, an immense inverted step pyramid, lined with 3 miles of shelves, hailed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest book-selling room in the world.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Sunday Upmarket

    The Sunday Upmarket (also open on Saturday) sprawls among the beautiful brick buildings of the Old Truman Brewery, on both sides of Brick Lane between Hanbury and Buxton Sts. Vintage fiends, fashionistas and foodies will be occupied for hours – it's a buzzing place to while away a weekend (though it does get incredibly crowded).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

    Libreria

    Mismatched vintage reading lamps spotlight the floor-to-ceiling canary-yellow shelves at this delightful indie bookshop, where titles are arranged according to themes like 'wanderlust', 'enchantment for the disenchanted', and 'mothers, madonnas and whores'. Cleverly placed mirrors add to the labyrinthine wonder of the space, which is punctuated with mid-century furniture that invites repose and quiet contemplation.

  • Shopping in Ribblesdale & the Three Peaks

    Courtyard Dairy

    This cheesemongers and cafe in a huddle of old stone barns is the place to come for farmhouse cheeses in the Yorkshire Dales. Owners Andy and Kathy Swinscoe are passionate supporters of small-scale producers, and deli staff are eager to hand out tasters. The cafe upstairs in the eaves of the barn slathers the cheese all over its menu.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Ludlow

    Ludlow Food Centre

    More than 80% of the cheeses, meats, breads, fruit and vegetables are sourced from the surrounding region and tantalisingly displayed at this enormous farm shop, including many produced on the estate. Watch through viewing windows to see traditional preserves, pies, ice cream and more being made. It's signposted 2.8 miles northwest of Ludlow off Bromfield Rd (the A49).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Tongue to Durness

    Lotte Glob Ceramic Studio

    Amid the harsh beauty of the coastline, it's quite a surprise to come across this beautifully designed modern 'sculpture croft', where the resident artist takes inspiration from the sea and landscapes. Her pieces (particularly the fabulous glazed ceramics) and attitude are inspirational; take a walk around the wonderful house and studio and down to the waterside, encountering artfully placed pieces along the way.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in North London

    Stables Market

    Connected to the Camden Lock Market, the Stables overflows with antiques, Asian artefacts, rugs, retro furniture and street clothing. As the name suggests, this is where up to 800 horses (who worked hauling barges on Regent's Canal) were housed. One potential draw here beyond shopping is the bronze statue of Amy Winehouse (1983–2011), the late and much missed singer-songwriter who lived in the neighbourhood.

  • Shopping in Jersey

    Harbour Gallery

    The Channel Islands' largest art gallery is the best place to pick up work by numerous local painters, photographers, jewellery designers and other local artists. Look out for beautiful wooden bowls by Martin Cotillard, Pippa Barrow ceramics, landscape photos by Kevin Brice, Gina Socrates and Sheila Birch, Jersey-inspired silver jewellery by Lisa de Broco and quirky pebble art by PebbleLove.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Alnwick

    Barter Books

    Coal fires, velvet ottomans, reading rooms and a cafe make this secondhand bookshop in Alnwick's Victorian former railway station wonderfully atmospheric. It's responsible for the renaissance of the WWII 'Keep Calm and Carry On' slogan: while converting the station, the owner unearthed a set of posters – the framed original is above the till – and turned it into a successful industry.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Kendal

    Low Sizergh Barn

    A prodigious selection of Lakeland goodies are available at this farm shop, just outside Kendal on the A590. There's also a farm trail and woodland walk to follow if the weather's nice, and you can watch the cows being milked – look out for the raw-milk vending machine beside the shop entrance. Only in Cumbria!

  • Shopping in Whitby

    Fortune's Kippers

    Fortune's has been making kippers (smoked herring) at this little smokehouse since 1872, and still turns out some of Britain's best; they're on the breakfast menu all over Whitby but you can buy them here (along with smoked bacon) and take a peek inside the charred smoking room where the kippers hang, which can be smelt long before its seen.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Notting Hill & West London

    Japan House

    A cultural outpost of Japan in London, Japan House presents and celebrates Japanese art, design, culture, technology, craftsmanship and gastronomy in a particularly handsome space on Kensington High St. The shop on the ground floor teems with beautifully conceived Japanese utensils and kitchen items, while downstairs is a very cool gallery space, featuring Japanese art exhibitions, art films and creative installations.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in The West End

    Fortnum & Mason

    With its classic eau-de-Nil (pale green) colour scheme, the 'Queen's grocery store' (established in 1707) refuses to yield to modern times. Its staff – men and women – still wear old-fashioned tailcoats, and its glamorous food hall is supplied with hampers, marmalade and speciality teas. Stop for a spot of afternoon tea at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, visited by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012.

  • Shopping in East End

    Barras Art & Design

    This workshop zone for artists and designers in the heart of the Barras has helped pep up the area and bring a new wave of folk in. It's a lovely covered courtyard with a bar, cafe and restaurant, as well as pop-up and other shops. There are events on most weekends, including a monthly farmers market.

  • Shopping in Stow-on-the-Wold

    Daylesford Organic

    A country-chic temple to the Cotswolds' organic movement, 4 miles east of Stow, the sprawling Daylesford operation was kickstarted 40 years ago when a family farm turned sustainable. Centering on a gleaming food hall, crammed with Daylesford-brand produce, it also holds an excellent cafe-restaurant serving organic-fueled treats (£13 to £19), plus an upmarket boutique, rental cottages, and luxury spa.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in The West End

    Stanfords

    Trading since 1853, this grandaddy of travel bookshops and seasoned seller of maps, guides and globes is a destination in its own right. Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, Victorian missionary David Livingstone and writer and presenter Michael Palin have all shopped here. In 2019 Stanfords left the iconic Long Acre building it had been housed in since 1901 and moved around the corner to its new address.