London is packed full of truly incredible shopping districts, each distinct from the next. Shopping for a Mother’s Day gift is fun, but it can also leave you at a loss for what to buy! In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the best places in the city for Mother’s Day shopping, so you can be sure you’re completely prepared…
Within easy reach of London Marble Arch, the King’s Road first became a trendy shopping area in the 1960s and 1970s, and has continued to retain it’s cool ever since. Noted for interior design and clothing, there’s plenty here for you to enjoy!
Shopping in this area is every bit as exciting as you might expect, with a healthy dose of vintage shopping accompanying the more conventional stores. If you find the right shop, you might just find the perfect gift for your mum. Arrive armed with a list of things you know she likes, or bring her along for some vintage thrift shopping.
This large-scale US-style shopping mall is a fantastic place to find a gift, with over 300 luxury stores and high street shops all located within easy reach of one another. If it rains on the day you’re doing your Mother’s Day shopping, then this is the ideal way to ensure you still find something special.
Alternatively, thanks to the wide variety of different stores (and the eateries which are also located as Westfield London), this is a great place to take your mum for a retail-oriented day out. This option would help take some of the pressure off finding her the perfect gift ahead of the day, as you can simply get her something special when you’re together.
One of the most luxurious shopping districts in London, Knightsbridge has retained its reputation for elegance for many decades. It is considered a close rival to Oxford Street, albeit one which frequently comes with a slightly higher price tag.
One of the major highlights of Knightsbridge is Harrod’s. This famed department store includes floor upon floor of luxury items, as well as everyday finds and food. The store itself spans around 4.5 acres, so you can easily spend a few hours here alone, browsing and buying either a large gift of some smaller finishing touches.
The Knightsbridge area also includes Harvey Nichols, which is considered a favourite with London locals. Here you’ll be able to shop for top designer labels, or can head for Sloane Street where you’ll find all the top designer stores including the likes of Armani, Gucci and Dior.
When your Mother’s Day shopping has no budget, this is a fantastic place to go before heading to celebrate your new purchase at restaurants near The Arch.
This is the most famous shopping district in London, and home to a vivid mixture of budget, mid-price and luxury stores. Oxford Street represents the real ‘hub’ of London’s retail therapy scene, and is regularly offers a range of special events which are aimed at encouraging more people to shop!
In the run-up to Mother’s Day, you’ll find plenty of great deals and incredible finds in this area, whether you’re shopping for clothing, accessories or everything in-between. We recommend finding out whether your mum has any favourite stores where you can buy her something special or even taking her along with you on the day itself.
A shopping spree at Oxford Street while staying at luxury hotel rooms in London is sure to be an unforgettable experience for both of you. The window displays are one of the best things about this district, and there are over 300 shops for you to choose from. You know a location is particularly fantastic when it’s a favourite with locals, and this is certainly the case with Oxford Street.
For variety and choice, there’re few shopping districts as fantastic as Covent Garden. There’re plentiful retail opportunities, including three markets where you can find more offbeat gift ideas.
Jubilee Market is known for its antiques, art and household items. There’s also a thriving arts and crafts scene at this market. Alternatively, you can head to East Colonnade Market, which is known for its handmade items. Apple Market deals mainly in artwork, fashion and antiques.
We recommend you explore this area on foot, as there’s plenty of pedestrianised areas and unexpected stores which you might otherwise have missed.
Filled with sophisticated stores and fantastic service, Bond Street is home to a wide range of designers from around the world, selling luxury goods with a distinctly British flair for hospitality!
Another location where budgeting certainly doesn’t apply, Bond Street is noted for its apparel stores as well as jewellery. It’s home to Tiffany & Co., one of the most famous jewellers in the world, as well as rival brand Cartier.
However, it is worth noting that you don’t necessarily have to be in the market for luxury designer clothes in order to shop here. Antiques are also big business in Bond Street, with the world’s oldest auctioneer, Sotheby’s, located in this district. If you’re looking for a thoroughly unique gift for your mum, this is just another way to go about it. A fun and unique way to spend the day could be to take her to an auction followed by a couples massage in London, providing both great shopping and some added pampering.
Carnaby Street was the hub of all things during the Swinging Sixties, when teenagers suddenly had more spending power and cultural sway. It is still noted as a major shopping district in the 21st century, with a particularly cutting edge approach to everything from clothing to accessories. There’s a particularly thriving vintage scene here, so you might be able to find your mum something distinctive and original she’ll treasure.