Big things are happening in London. Not only is the city hosting the 2012 Summer Olympic Games,it is throwing a big, three-day celebration in June — the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee— to mark 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
“The city right now is abuzz with excitement,” Tobe Report’s Rebecca McKinney said.
London’s shops are getting in the game — focusing on visual merchandising and other ways to attract the tourists who will be flocking to the city.
When it comes to shopping in London, there is a lot of variety, according to McKinney. There is also plenty of British “quirk” to be found.
Oxford Street is great for high-end shopping. The flagship stores of clothing retailer Topshop and department store Selfridges are located here.
The Knightsbridge area is ideal for luxury shoppers. It is home to upmarket department stores Harvey Nichols and Harrods.
Second-hand clothes, young designers, art, furniture and jewelry can be found at Camden Markets, a collection of open-air and indoor markets located in Camden Town, North West London.
Carnaby Street is a pedestrian-only location known for independent shops and hippie styles.
A good spot to purchase menswear is Savile Row, which is famous for its custom tailors. Henry Poole and Co., which is credited with inventing the tuxedo, is located here and was the first Savile Row tailor.