In our latest guide we round up the best shopping tours on offer in London.
London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, but the best places to shop are spread over a wide area and can be difficult to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
If you want to have a great day out exploring the city and shop for some amazing clothes, shoes and accessories at the same time, book yourself onto one of the London shopping tours on offer from several tour guides.
Catwalkers was founded with the aim of making great fashion accessible to everyday women, not just celebrities. They’ll assign you a guide and personal shopper to walk around some of the best fashion districts in London and arrange delivery of whatever you buy, so there’s no need to worry about being weighed down with bags.
Basic Tour – a 4-hour tour with style tips
Highstreets Tour – a 6-hour tour of highstreet favourites with a lunch stop
New Designers Tour – a 4-hour tour to meet some of London’s best creative talent
Luxury Tour – a 4-hour tour around some of the most exclusive brands in London
Vintage Tour – a 4-hour tour around the best vintage outlets in the city.
Price: £39 -£99
2. Independent London Markets Tour With Private Driver
This tour can be personalized to your own preferences, whether you’re into fashion, food, or antiques. Visit the eclectic markets of Brick Lane and Spitalfields for vintage bargains or head to Notting Hill to browse exclusive boutiques. The choice is yours.
The tour includes your own private driver and guide for 8 hours and hotel pickup within the central London area.
3. Chelsea Tour
Explore the beautiful streets of Chelsea on this 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide to direct you to the best shops and department stores in the area. This is a great tour for both those who love the big designer names like Armani, Louis Vuitton and Valentino, as well as small independent boutiques on Kings Road, Sloane Street, Walton Street and surrounding areas.
Tour price includes the guide and a map with recommended shops and restaurants marked. This tour meets daily outside Sloan Square tube station at 10am.
4. I Love Fashion Tour
For those who are interested in the history of fashion, as well as just shopping for it, this is the tour for you. The walking tour starts in the Victoria and Albert Museum and visits Harrods, Mayfair and TopShop before ending in Selfridges.
Price: call 020 74025813 or enquire online
5. Fox & Squirrel Fashion Walk
The Fox & Squirrel Fashion Walk takes you on a whistle-stop tour through the fashion history of London. The 4-hour tour concentrates on the Mayfair area, rooted in fashion history since it became a destination for luxury craftsmen in the 17th century. As well as learning about the history of the area, you’ll gain exclusive “behind the scenes” access to some of Britain’s top fashion labels.
6. Bicester Village Shopping Trip
Bicester Village is a luxury shopping outlet in Oxford with up to 60% of big brand names such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood. This tour offers transport to and from Bicester Village from central London, 6 hours of independent shopping, a £50 gift card, VIP discount card offering 10% off full price items and a 2-course lunch.
Price: from £99
7. Eco-Fashion Shopping Tour
Concerned about the ethics of some of the country’s best-known fashion labels? You might be interested in this 2-hour eco-fashion tour that takes you round the best places to shop for ethical fashion labels in London. Learn all about the brands with top marks in ethics and sustainability and those that should be avoided, led by an expert in eco-fashion
8. Menswear Tour
Many of the London shopping tours are aimed at women but of course London is also the place to find some of the best in menswear fashion design in the world. This 3-hour walking tour for men only starts outside Piccadilly tube station and visits some of the best menswear retailers in the city. The tour includes a map with recommended shops and restaurants.
9. Rickshaw Shopping Tours
These unique London shopping tours take you around some of the best spots in London for retail therapy from the back of a cycle-powered cab. If you don’t feel like walking and carrying heavy bags and you like the idea of a more unusual tour where you have the change to take in the sites en route, this could be the tour for you.
Price: call 02071646016 or enquire online
10. Kensington Tour
Kensington is the perfect area of London for vintage fashion lovers to explore and has a great selection of independent boutiques stocking clothing and accessories from up and coming designers too.
This 3-hour guided tour starts outside Notting Hill tube station and takes you round Notting Hill and Portobello Market, stopping at recommended shops and stalls. As well as finding some unique fashion and accessories, you may even spot a celebrity or two, as many famous actors have made Kensington their home.