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.
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.
High Street Kensington, with a metro stop of the same name, was once the main street of Kensington and is now part of London. It's a succession of luxury boutiques and famous brands 2-3 miles long. It's one of the busiest streets in London and it pays to get a bus going along it. At the Kensington Olympia end there are great shopping centers and then along the street a multitude of shops and it's one of the most coveted streets for shopping in west London. There's a Marks & Spencers, an Ancient Derry & Toms that occupies a full block in the middle of the street, in an Art Deco building that stands out and a House of Fraser
More London is next to the River Thames in a very nice pedestrian area with many shops and sights. The easiest way to get there is to take the underground to Tower Bridge, buses are slightly cheaper, but take longer. An alternative is to take a boat going down river that's part of the city's transportation network, so it's not as outrageously priced as tourist boats. More London is an exhibition complex with a suite of offices and services, restaurants, hotels, bars - you find everything to relax after a day in the city in a very central location, close to Bank and Canary Wharf. They offer space and offices for large companies, e.g. Ernst & Young has its London headquarters there. At the store level, you find a large assortment of British brands of clothing, food, memories, etc. and there's a Marks & Spencer if you want to buy stuff for a picnic by the river. To eat more formally there's Caffe Nero, Bagel Street Deli, Gaucho Grill and Strada and the hotel is the Hilton More London.
Mount Street is one of the most exclusive areas of London. It has luxury stores, cars dealerships, starting with a Porsche shop, that sells this prestigious brand. You'll see expensive cars pass by on the streets. It's true that in London the toll costs 12 euros a day and so only the rich will drive now, but the concentration of expensive cars is amazing.
On Mount Street you'll find the Mount Street Gardens, an old cemetery in the neighbourhood, that's been around since the eighteenth century. It became a public garden during a new phase of development in the district during the nineteenth century. There is a beautiful bronze fountain with a horse, but are no longer any tombstones. It is a pleasant garden to come to relax away from the bustle of the neighborhood.
Afterwards, go shopping on Mount Street. I like the old red brick buildings that give the street a very harmonious look.
On the corner of Mount Street and Audley Street in Mayfair, here you'll find a shop selling original Marc Jacobs products at amazing prices. In addition to the clothing, you can buy trinkets like key rings, bracelets and brooches for as little as £1. A must for shopaholics!
Knightsbridge is synonymous with the most glamorous shopping that London has to offer. This is where you'll find some of the best brands of clothing in the world, along with Harrods, Victoria, and Albert Museum. Between Knightsbridge and Kensington is the Royal Albert Hall.