One of the most important things to do while travelling is, of course, shopping. All new shops, funky new styles, culture specific outfits; it’s a delightful way to spend your time and money while experiencing new cultures. It also gets you out in the streets and away from the tourists so you can experience a new city from the perspective of the citizens. Shopping is an important part of any holiday, so it’s a good idea to make sure there is a good selection of stores near your hotels. If shopping is a big priority for you, then you don’t want to be staying far outside the city at some of the hotels near Hounslow Tube Station for instance; you need to be closer to the action. Given the prime location means you are nearby to a near overwhelming selection, we have put together a list of some of the great options nearby the Montcalm at Brewery London City.
If you fancy yourself a member of the alternative definitely head to Shoreditch. It’s only a fifteen minute walk away and contains some of the best alternative and hipster shopping in London. The streets are full of trendy bars, artists and fashionist as; a lot of inspiration and a lot to buy. For the young and hip, Shoreditch is the place to be. As an added bonus it is also a great place to stop for some food; Brick Lane boasts some of the best curries and all night bakeries in London.
Despite its name, Cheapside boasts some truly exceptional high fashion shopping. Just a five minute walk away from Moorgate station, this street is peppered with exceptional stores of everyone from Ted Baker & Friends to Swarovski. If you are planning a big night out, Cheapside should definitely be your first point of call. Better yet, the street runs between Bank and St Paul’s Cathedral so you could quite easily include stop by on your way while seeing the sites.
Marks and Spencer
Around the corner, barely three minutes’ walk from the Barbican Centre, is a sizeable Marks and Spencer. One of the great stresses of travel is forgetting things. You will get to your hotel and realise you haven’t packed enough socks, or forgot a charger; it can be very stressful and it is nice to know that there is a nearby store that will stock basically everything you need to replace what is missing. It is especially helpful if something arises that you didn’t expect and didn’t pack enough for. An obvious example from recently is the overwhelming heat wave London just suffered through. Many tourists came to London expecting the city to be cold and rainy, based on its long standing reputation, but when they arrived the whole town was catastrophically hot and a lot of people suffered. If you find yourself unprepared with not enough warm weather clothes, or perhaps not enough jackets to deal with the cold when it strikes, then a store like M&S can sort you out.