When it comes to shopping, London offers an array of cutting-edge shops to accommodate for every taste. As gay men and shopping fit hand in hand, London is the perfect place to spend some cash on your favourite things. For affordable, antique purchases in the heart of London, head to Portobello road; the nearest tube station is Notting Hill Gate. Here you’ll have the opportunity to wade through antique accessories and meet some lively Londoners. Portobello Road is the world’s largest antiques market and is open every Saturday. Lovers of vintage fashion will have a field day at this shopping market as you can find some real gems at bargain prices!
For the big names in high street shopping, you cannot fail to go wrong on Oxford Street. Slap bang in the middle of London, this is any shopper’s haven with everything from Louis Vuitton to H&M. This famous shopping street in London can get extremely busy at times, especially around festive periods such as Christmas. If you like to shop in peace and quiet, Oxford Street is not for you. And no visit to Oxford Street is complete without the compulsory trip to the enormous TopMan. With the male staff working there almost all exclusively gay, you can flirt and shop ‘till you drop!
If it is boutiques you’re in search of, Spitalfields market (near Liverpool Street tube station) has hundreds of hidden boutiques. The market’s history is a long, extensive one and provides the perfect backdrop to a lazy meander on a Sunday afternoon. This famous area of London is the perfect escape from the big shopping names that dominate the market and allow smaller ‘hidden gems’ to compete. You’ll be surprised at what you can find at Spitalfields market.
Below are a list of markets, shops and websites that we suggest as great gay friendly places to do some quality damage...
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