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04-07-2010
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Great tips here! I'll be crazy when I travel.
I'm planning a trip to London for next year, not sure yet, June/July. But I wish I could go during the sales season. When are they? From stores like Harvey Nichols and Harrods?

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05-07-2010
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i'm going to be in london for a week staying off the liverpool st station... i'm reading over all this in the thread now, but any suggestions of great shops or restaurants and/or also nightlife/bars/clubs/parties/etc to visit in the area???
There is loads to do around Liverpool St. station because you are basically right on the edge of Shoreditch/Hoxton. There is no point going further in to central London when lots of good places are around there. There is vintage shopping on Bricklane and the Old Truman Brewery (accessed off Brick Lane) and pretty much all the side streets that are attached to brick lane (like Cheshire St) and many little boutiques around there. Spitalfields market is about a two minute walk from Liverpool St. and they have a lot of mid-end chain restaurants, lots of boutiques (everything from Benefit Cosmetics to Cath Kidston to Albam (clothing for guys)). So there is a lot to pull from. Honestly, it's a great area to just take a wander around, and that is the thing I would suggest to do.

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Great tips here! I'll be crazy when I travel.
I'm planning a trip to London for next year, not sure yet, June/July. But I wish I could go during the sales season. When are they? From stores like Harvey Nichols and Harrods?
The sales for most of the major departments stores start normally in the last 10 days of June...and then the other stores [highstreet chains] tend to have sales regularly and/or start around the same time/shortly afterwards...

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Best markets and outlet stores in London?
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Depends on what you are after...I personally like Spitalfields and Camden on the weekends. Notting Hill for vintage...

Outlets -

Browns "Labels for Less"
50 South Molton Street
London. W1K 5SB
Nearest underground: Bond Street
Tel:
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44 (0)20 7514 0052
44 (0)20 7408 1281
labelsforless@brownsfashion.com

Joseph Clearance Shop
53 Kings Road
London, SW3 1QN,
Telephone 020 7730 7562

Bicester Village [If you don't mind a 1 hour train ride]
http://www.bicestervillage.com/en_GB/

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luluposh. Thank you very much-I will be heading there definitely!!
Well what i'm really looking for is clothes, bags & accessories!!

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luluposh. Thank you very much-I will be heading there definitely!!
Well what i'm really looking for is clothes, bags & accessories!!
You're welcome!
Depending on when you are visiting, there are also monthly accessories sample sales held in Central London. You can keep an eye out at urbanjunkie or dailycandy - their London fashion sections normally have listings!

Also, TKMaxx in Kensington High Street normally has more designer pieces than the other TKMaxx stores.. Clearance sales have started there too.

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Thank you, luluposh. I'll keep that on my mind.

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06-07-2010
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Im going to London on August (18/8 to 22/8). There will be any good sale then?

I'll be in Barcelona and Madrid too, are those cities best to buy clothes?


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Lemuel, I suspect there will be some dribs and drabs (ie. Topshop usually have something on sale), but generally, no. The bid sales are at the end of June and the end of December. Hope that helps

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I am planning a trip to London in 2012 (yes I realize its in two years) for the Olympics but I figure its never to early to start planning. I've been to London twice before but I was wondering what places you think that I absolutly have to make a priority to go to?

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Portabello market, Harrods, Selfridges, Oxford St., Sloane St. , Harvey Nichols, Covent Garden...

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Thanks for the suggestions DANA!

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London | July 7, 2010
London Lives Series: Retail Havens for New Designers

By Lisa Jordan
With the doors to London retail leaders like Browns and Dover Street Market tightly roped off to newcomers, it seems nearly impossible for up-and-coming designers to even get one foot settled. And yet, a host of original boutiques are now opening up across London, supporting amazing talent that’s both homegrown and from abroad. With years of fashion experience and retail presence, these retailers welcome a refreshing mix of designers that cater to a given market—from wealthy Notting Hill or rapidly developing Shoreditch. Here is a quick shopping guide to London’s coolest boutiques.
Wolf and Badger

Wolf & Badger
Owners Samir Ceric and Zoë Knight have been transforming London’s retail scene with Wolf & Badger, their innovative concept store, since February. Designers such as Helen Ruth and XXMiles rent a dedicated space for as little as £35 a week, and, in return, receive unlimited advice with regards to manufacturing, business strategy and placement on the e-commerce site. “Our role is to help and aid them. I’m a sound board,” explains Knight, a former handbag designer. Wolf & Badger’s approach to retail is a breath of fresh air not only for their Notting Hill clients, but also for the 70 young designers they represent. The two-story shop on Ledbury Road holds a charming mix of ready-to-wear, accessories and jewelry, including Chelsea Rebelle’s adorably structured cocktail dresses, Gisele Ganne’s Divorce knuckledusters and Carréducker’s Winkers tweed slip-ons for men. “The experience at Wolf & Badger has been and still is extraordinary,” adds designer Tamara Sariachvili of Tosha. “Having just graduated a year ago it was a great opportunity and it gave me great insight into the real fashion world.”

Present
Steve Davies and Eddie Prendergast, the former pioneers of British label The Duffer of St. George, are the founders of quality menswear store Present in Shoreditch. Their shop stocks a balance of both niche and established brands that cater to the area’s newfound appeal among the stylish bankers and media types who have recently moved into the neighborhood. “We wander around the world, have been doing it for the past 25 years, finding built and established brands,” says Prendergast. “Some come to us.” The smart and trendy space houses both international and British brands such as Yuketen leather shoes or bags and Hartford clothing. And, while sitting at the indoor café, customers can also check out the Apothecary section or accessories like Happy Socks and array of cow hide leather wallets.

Machine-A
Stavros Karelis’ Machine-A in Central London houses the future Gareth Pughs and Hannah Marshalls in one small gallery space. This shop supports London’s freshest crop of forward-thinking designers—mostly students and recent graduates. Some are as young as 17, like Rhiannon Jones of Bolshie, and all are London based in order to offer full access to the gallery’s resources. This outlook has led to designers like Charlie Le Mindu and Celia Arias creating controversial window displays and exhibitions that bring in stylists and most of East London to see the eclectic mix of unique designers. “The presentation is always the same everywhere else,” Karelis says, adding: “Here we want to be free.” Void of Course’s latex studded separates are a hit with Japanese tourists, hipster twenty-somethings and la Lady Gaga, while prices range from about £50 for brand t-shirts to £350 for a Euphemia by Millie Cockton mesh dress.
These progressive shops are moving retail forward and cementing London’s reputation for innovative fashion. As Karelis points out: “I couldn’t do this in any other country. London is so creative.” Perhaps boutiques in other cities will follow suit; as these shopkeepers have revealed there is an abundance o profitable yet untapped designers around the world.
Wolf & Badger, 46 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AB
Present ,140 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
Machine-A, 60 Berwick Street, London W1F 8SU


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08-07-2010
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Can I just say that London is the best place to shop in the whole world? Ok, so I might not have seen many other big cities (only been to NYC and Barcelona before), but London is so freaking awesome I can't imagine that there's anything better around. I'm so in love with that city. I went there for the first time in February, went again last week and am already planning my next trip (possibly in September or December), because I really miss it so much. (Actually, I'm already looking for apartments and jobs because I want to move to London after I'm finished with studies)

My favorite places to shop are definitely Oxford Street, Regent Street, South Molton Street, Brompton Road and Camden Market. I haven't even seen half of the things I've been meaning to see yet though. Really want to go to Notting Hill the next time and spend more time around Covent Garden.

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I am planning a trip to London in 2012 (yes I realize its in two years) for the Olympics but I figure its never to early to start planning. I've been to London twice before but I was wondering what places you think that I absolutly have to make a priority to go to?
Oooh I forgot to mention Old Bond St & New Bond St...

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