London is well known for its stellar shopping experiences, giving people the opportunity to find only the best souvenirs for after their stay at Hotels such as the Park Grand Central Paddington London. London is one of Europe’s hubs for creative flair and innovation, making its vast array of local shops frontrunners in the high street retail game. With so much on offer, it can be hard to know where to start, each London area offering a unique take on the consumer experience. Today we’re starting with Bayswater and what it has to offer.
Due to its background as one of the artsy and affluent areas of the city, Bayswater has a garnered a reputation for independent clothes outlets of the more boutique nature as well as quaint patisserie’s and cafes dotted along the canals of Little Venice. With this in mind, it’s perfect for some calm and relaxed shopping and souvenir finding. So what particular shops are there for you to peruse in Bayswater and what do they bring that’s so unique?
Whiteley’s Shopping Centre
Whiteley’s shopping centre is a department store which dates back to 1863. From humble beginnings as a drapery shop on Westbourne Grove, the shop expanded in the early 20th century, offering the height of luxury for pre-war Londoner’s. The shop was purchased by rival department store Selfridges in 1927 but the building was closed down in 1981 and was completely empty until it was sold to a new company and refurnished in 1986, this time as a shopping centre as opposed to a department store.
Portobello Market is one of the most famous markets in the city of London. Here in Notting Hill at a kilometre long market road, visitors can expect to find a vast range of different goods, spanning from street food to antique furniture. This is one of the most trendy markets in London and it’s wide variety of jewellery, cool second hand clothes and antiques will give you a true London experience which reflects the diversity of the city.
Harrods is one of the most well-known and largest department stores in London. This luxury department store is owned by the State of Qatar and occupies a whopping 5 acres of retail space and has massive 330 departments. The store itself sells many different things from food to clothes and is well known for its famous Harrods gift hampers, a great Christmas present or souvenir for a friend.
Ottolenghi is one of the classiest restaurants in town. Based in Notting Hill, Ottolenghi offers a wide range of dishes including beautiful tasty mixes of North African, Italian, Greek, Turkish and Middle Eastern Cuisine. Predominantly a south-Mediterranean deli, the classy white décor balances nicely with the bold wholesome tastes of the salads and dips, Ottolenghi is one of the most successful restaurants in the city.
Anya Hindmarsh is a woman’s clothes shop based in Notting Hill. Based near some great London Hotel Offers, the shop is packed to the brim with handbags, cashmere clothes and a range of designer shoes. For any fashion love rout there, Anya Hindmarsh is not one to be missed.