How to find the best bargains in London

It would be fair to say that we are well and truly in the age of the bargain-hunter. The days of picking up the first thing we see in the shops are long gone – a bit of shopping around is usually needed.

In London, it’s a practice that’s easier said than done. The influx of tourists on a day-to-day basis means that prices are seemingly always on the rise, and this doesn’t look like it is going to stop any time soon. In short, it’s like pretty much every other capital city in the world.

Fortunately, there are some hidden gems if you look hard enough, despite London’s reputation for being an expensive place to visit. You might have to catch a tube every now and again, but the savings on offer from some of the discount areas of the UK capital make this very much worthwhile.

Following on from the above, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to hunt bargains when you are in and around London.

A specific suggestion: Covent Garden

Like most parts of London, you’ve got to be shrewd about how you approach Covent Garden. It’s got a lot of big name brands and high end designers on offer. You might think that this would put Covent Garden out of your range, but you’d be wrong.

Aside from these high fashion stores are the Covent Garden markets. To say that these open up a wealth of opportunities for bargain hunters would be an understatement. Sure, there are plenty of premium goods available here, and some of the prices are certainly boutique-esque (with quality to match, it should added).

However, the amount of independent stores means that it’s well suited to the savvy shopper, and you should make it one of your first ports of call because of this.

What other ways can you find the bargain parts of London?

Rather than tell you exactly what you should be on the lookout for, let’s turn the situation on its head and discuss some of the “don’ts” of bargain shopping in London.

Put simply, it’s all about shopping around. For example, let’s focus on Oxford Street. It might be one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, but it’s certainly not a viable avenue for anyone looking for a bargain. Sure, it has the big stores, but it’s very rare that this will ever correlate with low prices. In fact, it’s almost unheard of.

Let’s coin a somewhat different example by taking a look at the factory stores that London has to offer. We’ll hone in on Chatham Place  here, but in truth there are several other areas worthy of a mention for similar reasons.

In the case of Chatham Place, this is where the likes of Burberry and Aquascutum have their factory outlets. While these outlets can be marketed as “lower prices”, whether or not this can be classed as discount shopping is questionable at best. In short, the prices are lower, but they are still completely unaffordable for the Average Joe.

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