For your convenience, I’ve sorted the London shopping scene into the following three categories:
Fancy playing chess on a £2,500.00 chess set? Wanna try on swimwear for £675.00, see a £525.00 lighter, or wonder what 10-year-old gets to sport a jacket which costs more than my monthly rent in Madrid? Make yourself sick at the thought of so much luxury–get thee to Harrods.
With our powers combined…
Can I touch that?
Vespa = wasp in Italian
Temporarily scratch everything I said about Harrods. Turn back and grab some loose-leaf tea or bulk coffee, possibly the only items you can fathom actually touching without fear of bankruptcy in this mother of all department stores.
Fancy a brew?
If Harrods isn’t your cup of tea, head to Camden Market. Besides typical souvenirs of mini phone-booths and double-decker buses, you’ll find alternative clothes, outlandish accessories, and–bonus!–plenty of people-watching.
Scores of shoppers can point you toward Camden
Regent’s Park photo shoot
For the truly broke, head to any park and shoot a zillion photos. Other than the camera and your friend’s patience, it costs zilch!
Additionally, hit up Sainsbury’s, Tesco, or any other British supermarket and buy typical goods there. Then, finish window-shopping and smile at the thought of saved pocket-change going to your next English adventure.