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The people's 101: shopping

Discover the best things to do in the capital as recommended by real Londoners


After creating our own list of 101 things to do in London we decided to let you have your say. We asked Time Out readers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers to tell us their top things to do in the capital. Kayak tours, daytime clubbing, rooftop cinema and candlelit gigs – Time Outers named them all. Check out the people's 101 and explore this city like a true Londoner.

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Shops and markets in London

Stroll down Brick Lane on a Sunday

Shopping Markets and fairs Brick Lane

According to Noemi Fumagall, Brick Lane on a Sunday offers ‘brilliant food and shopping’. She’s not wrong – the UpMarket has rare treats from Lithuania, Venezuela and Tibet; the Boiler House food hall has great Gujarati and Cuban dishes, the Tea Rooms boast vintage fashions and characterful collectibles, and the Backyard Market can’t be beaten for handmade clothes and accessories.


Find your signature scent at Floris

Shopping Perfumeries St James’s

Readers including Vicky Dennis and Samantha Doyle follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale and Mary Shelley in frequenting this Jermyn Street seller of fragrances, established in 1730.


Lose yourself in a book at Foyles

Shopping Bookshops Charing Cross Road

It’s tempting to mourn the dusty, disorganised charm of twentieth-century Foyles, but modernisation has been a rewarding process for London’s most famous bookshop. While its rivals struggle to stay alive, Foyles continues to delight our readers with its enormous collection and laid back coffee shop.

© David Axelbank

Follow in Byron's footsteps at Hatchards

Shopping Bookshops Piccadilly

London’s oldest bookshop is also one of its best, a temple for collectors in search of rare and signed editions. Current patrons include a large swathe of the Time Out massive: past patrons include Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde.


Say cheese at Paxton & Whitfield

Shopping Specialist food and drink St James’s

Having sold cheese from the same Piccadilly location for more than 200 years, Paxton’s (‘where the Queen gets her cheese’ according to @Mariacos82) stakes a convincing claim for the title of Britain’s Greatest Fromagerie. Sublime.

Discover literary gems at South Bank book market

Shopping Bookshops South Bank

‘A badly hidden secret’, says Amir S of a book market that occupies prime tourist territory under Waterloo Bridge and yet never feels crowded. Expect well-thumbed paperbacks and an unpredictable assortment of out-of-print titles and manuscripts.

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