Top Tips for Last Minute Shopping in London
London has it all when it comes to retail and is the ultimate Christmas shopping destination. If you’re booking a last-minute break to blitz that Christmas list, be prepared as London’s busiest shopping season can get a little hectic. To check off all your Christmas gifts and conquer the London shops this festive period, you need to have an action plan.
Here are our top tips for a stress-free, successful last-minute shopping trip.
1. Choose your base wisely
When booking your last-minute shopping break be savvy with your choice of hotel. Opting for accommodation in the heart of the city ensures you can pop in and out of your rooms as your purchases stack up and you won’t be left laden with bags with miles to walk or the labyrinth of London transport to negotiate.
2. Plan Plan Plan
Christmas lists aren’t just for kids. If you want to be organised and find all the gifts you need, get them all written down. A simple list of items is a good start but you can do a little extra research and even note down where you plan to buy each item. It can help with getting around the city quickly and getting hold of everything you need.
3. Make the most of Click and Collect
If you know you want to pick up gifts from the big department stores and retailers in the city, then save time and reserve your presents in advance online. By utilising Click and Collect you can waltz straight past the stressful queues in the biggest shops and head straight for your gifts, ticking some essentials off that all-important list.
4. Choose your area
If you’re in London on a shopping spree and also want to see some of the sights, then it makes sense to stay central. However, if you’re on a stealth mission to get hold of a huge range of gifts, consider scouting out a specific area of London for the right shops for your needs. Locals all have their favourite areas but finding yours doesn’t have to be difficult. Designer boutiques and high-end fashion can be found in and around Bond Street, Oxford Street is your packed-out high street haven, and quirky boutiques can be found in and around Carnaby. But for some added charm, one of our favourite spots near to Amba Hotel Marble Arch is the beautiful Portman Village with its Georgian houses and unique independent shops or if you’re staying at Amba Hotel Charing Cross the cobbled haven of Covent Garden and it’s bustling market is not to be missed this festive season.
A shopping spree in London, even with Christmas gifts to pick up, shouldn’t be all about hard work and no play. Make the most of your time in the city. If you can’t stop when you’re shopping, be sure to enjoy one of the brilliant winter pop-ups, rooftop bars or festive Christmas experiences after you’ve recovered from your storm around the shops. For an extra special treat, indulge yourself with an Amba Hotels Afternoon Tea, we promise it will be just what you need to refuel and get back to hunting those all-important, must-have gifts.