It is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in London. It is right next to Chinatown and Covent Garden and next to Picadilly. It's a neighbourhood worth visiting, especially on a Friday afternoon as the British use their many bars and terraces to have a pint of beer. It is one of the most popular areas in London although it is true that some people, maybe for that reason, complain about this neighbourhood.
Carnaby Street is a famous shopping street located in London. It is found parallel to Regent Street, and you can easily walk from Piccadilly Circus to Carnaby. There are a lot of people, especially on Saturday and Sunday, so many that you might have trouble walking. In the Middle Ages, Carnaby was a merchant area, built with low wooden houses. In 1958, the first clothing store opened. It was a store of designer clothes, typically English, that its visitors loved. Many more stores followed, until now when there are three parallel and some perpendicular streets filled with little shops. It is a place that was very hippie in the 60s, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones walked around and worked there, and so for this the area became famous. Although now in the central street you'll find mostly international brands.
Mayfair is one of the posh neighborhoods of London, along with Chelsea, and it shows to walk through its streets: dozens of shops selling the best brands of clothing and accessories, expensive restaurants and some of the hottest clubs. Brands like Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Garrard, Hermes, Marc Jacobs Diesel etc are situated here, especially on its main artery, Bond St. Mayfair is located in a convenient area of London with Regent St to the east, Oxford St to the north, Piccadilly St to the south and Hyde Park to the west.
This is the nerve center of Sheffield. While it is true that it is a tiny town, without much movement, there is lots happening near Fargate. If you are lucky you'll be there around St Patrick's Day. The downtown area is full of people, tents and kiosks are set up with enormous amounts of beer and you can even meet Spanish people like Julian who has been making a paella there for almost 10 years. Beyond being used as a place for celebration, the area also has one of the biggest commercial centres in the city where you can find big brand stores, including Mark Spencer, like in almost all important areas of British cities.
Cornmarket Street is one of the main streets in the centre of Oxford. It runs from north to south, from St Giles, to become St Aldate's a little lower. All of Cornmarket is pedestrianised- it is a nice wide street for shopping and eating. Most of the buildings are very old, like this medieval house, which seems to be falling and looks like its wooden structure no longer holds it, but it was completely renovated and is now a Pret a Manger, a fast food restaurant. You can find all the major brands here, McDonald's, KFC, bookstores, record stores, Starbucks, and The Clarendon Centre is a large shopping centre at the height of the Carfax Tower. Heading to the east you will come across the arc of the golden cross, which leads to a courtyard that was historically for jewellers and craftsmen. You then reach the covered market. The church of St Michael at the North Gate is the oldest monument in Oxford.
Northumberland Street is a street full of shops, in the heart of Newcastle, and Haymarket neighborhood far in the north to the Monument Metro Station and south Grey column. It's the most expensive street in the country to open a store outside London! Among the shops you'll find Marks & Spencers, Zawi, formerly Virgin Megastore but changed its name, there is an H&M, and the 1st Fenwick (a store similar to El Corte Ingles). Now the street is pedestrianized, until 1999 there was traffic on the northern stretch, but it was closed and renovated as the street looked a bit old. It's a nice place, it's a shame there are not more fast food restaurants. The road continues to the River Tyne, at the height of the Tyne Bridge, and becomes more residential. This part was formerly the main highway that went from London to Edinburgh.
Sauchiehall Street is a large pedestrian street and one of the largest shopping areas in Glasgow. I was very surprised at how cheap it was there, mainly "pound shops", ie: shops where almost all items only cost a pound. As for the houses, some are very old and there are many Georgian houses which formerly belonged to rich families of the city, before being renovated as shops in the late nineteenth century. The name Sauchiehall Street means willows. Kelningrove Street leaves the western part of the city to reach Buchanan Street, the heart of Glasgow. There are plenty of pubs and entertainment places, MeLellan galleries, a cinema and the city's Royal Concert Hall. The Royal Theatre is the end of Hope Street and has a great reputation for Scottish Opera and Ballet. On the other side of the road is the renowned Academy of Music and Drama. You can also find a cultural center centering on the most famous Scottish musical instrument, the bagpipe, on this street.
Leeds is a city dedicated to consumerism. It is a place where people go to buy and enjoy the evening. The historic center is flooded with commercial spaces: Large shopping centres, great brands, great galleries, great shopping ... So wandering through the streets is very interesting. This street connects two sides of the center (from the Market to the inner part) and at the same time, serves as the entrance to the Victorian galleries that are the pride of the city.
The Lanes are a nice place to potter about but these are targeted more at the rich and tourists than are the North Lane(s), the shops are mainly high-end designer but you occasionally find some nice independent places, such as Rounders Records.
England's High Street has always been the city's old main street. And this is where at one point the whole street was a bakery, pharmacy, and bank. Now High Street remains a central point in the Sheffiels old neighborhood. One of the main streets, begins at Fitzalan Square in Haymarket, and ends at the height of the cathedral. Trams pass by here and the nearest spot is Cathedral. High Street continues to concentrate the city's main banks, and national brand stores. There are also some restaurants. It is one of the oldest streets in the city, as it has been around since the 12th century. There used to be a convent and a religious entity which owned most of the houses. In Victorian times, Sheffield decides to please your High Street in 1895 is wide, and you get beautiful Tudor Gothic style buildings, a style typical of northern England. The width of the street has doubled, making it a greet meeting point for the people. It was destroyed during the Second World War and the rebuilding happened slowly. Over time, it has become an attractive spot to visit.
Liverpool city center is a place mainly devoted to shopping. While it's true that as a city it's pretty small, everything's at hand. Within all this landscape of shops of all kinds,I should mention that Metquarter is a pretty cool shopping centre in the heart of the city. It's quite noticeable as it's a newly opened and everything is very well maintained and organized. It's a huge extension, so if you're interested in spending your new pounds, bring a wallet-full!
This is one of the main important streets of the city of Sheffield. We can say that it crosses the city center area from the top downwards. It is the street of the city with the most noise, since because, among the crowds that go there to other important areas, it is surrounded by shops and commercial areas, where there are a lot of restaurants and pubs for having a drink and which is also the stopping place for the trams, it is difficult to find some peace there. But of course, what can someone expect to find when yo are in the center of cities ... It is also a very nice street. Predominantly white buildings do not obstruct the landscape, so you feel comfortable walking around. It is also the ideal place to go to Fargate, the Cathedral or other areas of the city.
South Kensington is a wealthy neighborhood of South London. Most of the French in London live in the area, and you can hear lots of French spoken on the streets as French schools and embassies are in the neighborhood. South Kensington has nice shops, fine art, antiques shops. It's an expensive neighborhood and there are fancy cars and designer clothing. They say you should go to South Kensington for its charity shops as the neighborhood's rich women donate their clothing to the Oxfam shop or children's hospital. So, you can get good clothes at a very cheap price! IThe Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum are located in this area.
Pimlico Street gives its name to a wealthy neighborhood of London, close to Victoria Station. On the main street there are many art shops, galleries, and antique shops along with some fine restaurants. The houses are low and probably worth several million pounds each. It's a very quiet but with a slightly bohemian atmosphere because of all these artistic sites. Events are organized throughout the year such as the Design Festival and another that is related to cinema. On the street there's a Saturday farmers market, one of the largest in London, it's in a small place at the junction with Ebury Street, 9am - 1pm. You can get off at Sloane Square Station or Victoria to discover the neighborhood.
This shopping centre is the oldest in the city and was once the largest in the country. Built in the Victorian age (approx. 1881-1882) the shopping centre has changed its name several times and maintains the splendour that it had, and the truth is that quite a contrast with newer designs that can be found in the same city of Stirling. Its corridors link two of the busiest streets of the city: Murray Place and King Street. Even for a snack, is, at least different and I think that is one of the musts in Stirling, even if you don´t buy anything, just to admire its construction and how it perfectly reflects the spirit of another era. They are usually visited from Monday to Saturday, between 8.30 and 17.30. It is evident that there isn´t much variety, but it has its charm.
Queen Street is one of the four main streets in the center of Oxford, the "Carfax" which means crossing. Go from the Carfax Tower towards Oxford Castle and the old town hall. First on your right you have the Carendon Centre, a large shopping center with shops, transport, some fast food restaurants ... There is another shopping center a little farther to the left, called the Westgate Shopping Centre. At Westgate was a gate of the medieval city to the west. Not a pedestrian street but I think that only buses and taxis can go on Queen Street. At the beginning of the street, you can admire the medieval houses of Oxford, and some more classical ones, probably seventeenth or eighteenth century. There is a bike lane that goes in both directions it's a one-way street for vehicles. If you go down Queen Street you get to the old Oxford Prison and Castle Hill. On the west side of the street, is Bonn Square named in honour of the German city twinned with Oxford.
Located right in the heart of the city, and opposite the train station and encompassing the bus station, the galleries known as "The Thistles" (I did not want to translate it in the title because in Castilian sounds awful, although it is the national flower of Scotland, but it would have been as follows "Galleries The Thistles"). The place is the main shopping centre in central Scotland. These modern galleries feature 90 different businesses with clothes, books, and electronics. It had originally merged with other galleries that existed at the time, called "The Marches", but now everyone knows them by first name. Features four convenient access, even from the same bus station and three car parks, to ensure everyone can park (on payment, of course). In and around Stirling, everyone that wants to go shopping knows where to go ... Also depending on the time of year, it will be decorated in keeping with the event.