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The London Shopping List

It’s everyone’s dream to have a sudden cash windfall, a week off work and a scheduled London break. Just me? Surely not. In all seriousness, it’s hard to imagine a place with more choice, variety and intrigue than the tourism capital of the UK. London is bursting with dozens upon dozens of quirky, fresh shopping experiences that you owe it to yourself to visit.
But what are the main few that should be on your list, and what’s the best location to go shopping? Both questions are answered here, so have a read!

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Where are all the best shops located?
London is daunting for the uninitiated, and rightfully so. In terms of which shops you need to visit, it really depends on what you want. Some of the best in the city are centred in Kensington and Chelsea, offering more luxurious items at decent prices. This in mind, staying in many of the serviced London apartments in this area keeps you close.
If price is your concern, then some of the shops on the outskirts of the city can be cheaper. London is massive though, so you’re bound to find something to your taste no matter your age or gender. Why not explore!

1. SCP - homeware and accessories
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If you’re shopping for a new home or want to update your current one, you can’t go wrong with SCP. It’s a store that offers a ton of quirky furniture and homeware designs, from chairs to tables and random decor. If you want to add a pinch of style to your home, rather than just buying the same old Ikea furnishings, this is the place for you.

2. Mungo & Maud - for pet lovers
Pet stores are traditionally rather cramped, smelly and unpleasant. Here, however, you can wave goodbye to that notion with a shopping experience as luxurious as you can get. Mungo & Maud stock for a wide range of pets, with items like smart collars and posh food/water bowls. There are even some items for humans, but that’s not the source of this shop’s attraction.

3. Retro Game Base - for 80s and 90s kids
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The name of a store doesn’t get more literal than this. It’s the only store in London that’s dedicated to retro gaming, and this in mind, is worth a visit. It packs everything from Pong to PS1, and is a trip down memory lane that’s not easy to forget.
This is also a good place for the modern era of gamers to get a taste of what came before Call of Duty and Fifa. But on the whole, it’s the folks who grew up with this stuff that will appreciate it most.

4. Bloom Perfumery - for fragrance lovers
Who doesn’t love a nice fragrance or two? Fortunately, Bloom stocks smells for men and ladies, so boyfriends won’t have to be dragged around with nothing to do themselves!
The perfumes sold here are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but as with any smelly, they’re good quality and last ages. If used correctly, that is. If you’re spraying it all over your cat then it will run out rather quickly.

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