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London: summer shopping guide

From pop-ups to Victorian arcades, London is a shopper’s delight.

If you’re in London and you love shopping, then you’re in luck. The city is full to bursting right now with markets, pop-ups and more. Coal Drops Yard, the new avant-garde lifestyle quarter in King’s Cross is finally open. And, the King’s Road is enjoying a makeover, with new shops and restaurants opening all the time. Feeling flush? Read on for our pick of where to go.

Mention Notting Hill and Portobello Market immediately springs to mind, but while the antique market is fun to wander through, it definitely isn't the only place in Notting Hill to go shopping. In fact, there’s something for everyone in London's most colourful neighbourhood. Fashionistas will be in heaven exploring lifestyle store Couverture and the Garbstore or rummaging for vintage finds at One of a Kind. Those in need of pampering can head to Westbourne Grove for Goop’s pop-up shop and boutiques like Space NK. Music fans can mooch around Honest Jon’s on Portobello Road or Rough Trade West on Talbot Road. Design-lovers will find stylish, unique homewares and gifts at Pedlars and Native & Co. And you can still stumble upon places with their roots in the area’s West Indian past, like People’s Sound Records on All Saints Road – although this aspect of Notting Hill’s history is disappearing rapidly.

Old Spitalfields Market makes a refreshing change from the high street, with stalls selling jewellery, homewares, prints, records and clothing all under one roof. The market’s gem is the Kitchens, a collection of street food outlets, dishing up everything from dumplings to steamed buns with tables in the middle where you can sit and eat. You can easily spend the whole day in this part of London. Once you’ve been to the market, there’s more shopping to be done on Brick Lane or Shoreditch High Street, both of which have art galleries and unique clothing and homeware stores. Or, take a stroll along Fournier or Folgate Streets, which are lined with the beautifully preserved 17th-century homes of Huguenot silk weavers.

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