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U.K. Girlfriends Share London Shopping Secrets

 

Oasis...

As a Canadian expat I think London has the best shopping for women in the world. And I’ve shopped. Believe me. My favourite part about the fashion in London is that it is affordable for the average woman. In Canada, when I looked in fashion magazines for the hottest trends, the clothes were insanely expensive. In London, you can find the hottest looks at my two favourite shops at a fraction of designer prices. Who wants to pay big bucks for styles that come and go anyway?

My first favourite place to to spend my Pounds is the chain, Oasis. The shops themselves are so pretty, a delight to browse. And the clothes? Fabulous! Whether you are heading to work, for dinner with friends or for a fancy night on the town, Oasis has it all. My favourite location to haunt is just off Oxford Street. P.S. Before travelling to London, check their website for advertised specials.

Address: 12-14, Argyll Street W1F 7NT
Closest tube:
Website: http://www.oasis-stores.com
Bio: Sarah Gunn is a mother, wife and artist with an unhealthy addiction to shopping who blogs at the YummyMummy Club about interior design.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/lovelaughshop

 

Warehouse...

My second favorite go-to London shop for women's clothes is Warehouse. Also a chain, I find it’s slighty edgier than Oasis, also more casual. And, they're known for interesting accessories that won't ruin your wardrobe budget (I found dynamite earrings for £8). My favourite location was right across from Oasis so you can visit both shops during one shopping spree. Even though I've been back in Canada for almost five years, I still go online and daydream on Oasis’ and Warehouse’s sites. They deliver to Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Spain. If only they shipped to Canada as well! So if you are heading to London, leave room in your suitcase for all of the beautiful clothes you won’t be able to live without. And please, take me with you.

Address: 19/21 Argyll Street W1F 7NT
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Website: www.warehouse.co.uk.
Bio: Sarah Gunn is a mother, wife and artist with an unhealthy addiction to shopping who blogs at the YummyMummy Club about interior design.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/lovelaughshop

 

Caravan...

This gorgeous interiors shop is full of decorative bits you never knew you needed but suddenly desperately want. The quirky selection of hooks, lights, vases, notebooks – you name it – is inspiring and super stylish – I love the gold and silver metal roses. There’s something unique for all budgets, and you can treat yourself to something travel-sized that will remind you of your trip to trendy East London (Caravan is near Spitalfields Market - make sure you have a browse).

Address: 3 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ (open Tuesday-Sunday)
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
Website: www.caravanstyle.com
Bio: Janine Phillipson is a Beauty journalist, mum and now blogger – click on goldilocksbeauty.com for great beauty tips, tricks and info for mums and mums to be. I grew up in Toronto and have lived in London for over 20 years.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/goldibeauty

 

Waterloo Body Station...

As you walk past this shop, the gorgeous smell of aromatic oils floats grabs your attention...It's full of UK made products for the body care. Creams, lotions, hair products, gift boxes, yoga mats, candles -- you have so much to choose from! I have discovered many quirky brands such as Tamu and Organic People, and bought many presents for friends and family. Rebecca, the owner, and the rest of the staff, are always there to help you and suggests what to buy depending on the occasion or the person's taste. All products are carefully tested and selected by passionate Rebecca who consciously chooses brands and ingredients. Downstairs there's an oasis of peace where you can enjoy a massage (or two!), with plenty to choose from (hot stones, hopi ear candle, relaxing etc).

Address: 103 Lower Marsh, SE1 London
Closest tube: Lambeth North
Website: http://www.waterloobodystation.co.uk/
Bio: Fede Carr, a southern Italian who has been living in London since 1994, digital manager from 9-5, with a passion for scuba diving and the middle ages.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/federilli

 

Greensmiths...

Right across the street from Waterloo Body Station is this recently opened indoor organic grocer. In their own words 'Greensmiths is a local supermarket with a real difference containing a butcher, a baker, a greengrocer, a coffee specialist and a wine merchant.' Hosted inside a nicely refurbished building is a selection of organic producers such as Ginger Pig (of Borough Market fame), Solstice (great fruit and vegetables from the UK and the rest of the world), Old Post Office bakery and more. We're now regulars, buying most of our food and often also enjoying a coffee and a cake (the have indoor seating too, with freshly cooked food, lovely breakfasts and lunches). Staff are also very friendly and we always have a chat. Top marks to the Ginger Pig boys who always give you tips on how to cook up a treat! It's just a shame that it's closed on Sundays!

Address: 27 Lower Marsh, SE1 London
Tube stop: Lambeth North
Bio: Fede Carr, a southern Italian who has been living in London since 1994, digital manager from 9-5, with a passion for scuba diving and the middle ages.
Twitter address: http://twitter.com/federilli

 

Bonus -- Books for Cooks ...

Walk into Books For Cooks in Nottinghill. It smells good. You look around. You see shelves crammed with books reaching from floor to ceiling, central tables piled high with yet more books, and you marvel - are all these books really cookbooks? Then, at the back of the shop, you spot the kitchen from which those appetising aromas exude. There is cookery in the air as well as on the shelves of this bookshop. Once discovered, food lovers wonder how they ever survived before Books For Cooks! Shop closed: Sunday, Monday and the last three weeks in August.

Address: 4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 1NN
Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove
Website: http://www.booksforcooks.com/

 

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