Want some fashion or jewellery bargains to take home as reminders of your visit to London? Then take a close look at London’s January Sales. This is when most stores throughout the city will be offering massive discounts on their wares – sometimes up to 50 or 60% on normal prices.
These sales continue for several weeks and are extremely popular. People often travel into London specifically to explore the bargains that are on offer. Shops are even more busy than usual, and you may have to wait in a long queue to be served.
Oxford Street is definitely one of the most popular venues for any bargain hunters which is easily accessible from hotels near Paddington London. This long street contains many major department stores such as Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Selfridges and John Lewis selling a vast range of merchandise. By far the easiest way to ensure you do not miss out on any bargains is to start at one end of the street and simply work your way along. Most department stores can be found at the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street, while technology dominates at the other end towards Tottenham Court Road.
Book your stay at the best hotels near Paddington Station and explore Bond Street, Mayfair, Piccadilly and Regent Street for top of the range designer names. This is where you can find stores such as Mappin & Webb, Hamleys, Fenwicks, Fortnum & Mason, Burberry, Penhaligon and Liberty. Over 75 international stores have flagship outlets on Regent Street alone – and virtually all will be holding a sale at some point during the month. Check out websites to find out exactly when a particular sale begins if you are really keen on shopping in a specific branded store.
Check out the vast selection of independent stores around Covent Garden and Seven Dials. Many of these stores sell exclusive ranges, and are perfect for discovering unusual and different merchandise. If you prefer books, then head for Foyles and Waterstones, while Hamley and the Lego Store are great for toys.
But if you want the sale of all sales – then head for Harrods. This sale has become iconic in London. The opening day of the Harrods Sale can be something of a scrum, with massive queues waiting to enter when the doors open so as to gain the best bargains. It is not unusual for people to queue for hours, or even sleep out on the street overnight. Whatever you are searching for, you can find it at Harrods – and the discounts during sale time are massive.