The Marble Arch London is ideally located close to London’s best shops. It’s close to the high street stores of Oxford Street, as well as the quirky stalls of Camden Market and retailers dedicated to British pop culture merchandise.
1. Camden Market
Camden Market can be reached from the hotel by taking the number 274 bus to Regent’s Park, from where it’s just a ten-minute walk to the market. The walk is more than worth it and will give you a chance to take in the colourful buildings, eclectic street art and wonderful buzz of Camden itself before you reach the market.
This market specialises in alternative fashion, accessories and leather goods, both new and second-hand. Book lovers need to visit Books Iconica, which primarily sells Penguin classics from the 19th and 20th century, while vintage clothing and watches from across the globe can be found in abundance.
There is also a wide variety of street food stalls serving cuisine from all over the world from handmade pasta and vegan falafel to Dutch pancakes dripping in maple syrup.
2. Oxford Street
Oxford Street is arguably London’s most famous shopping destination and is just a 15-minute walk from The Marble Arch London. If you want to save your legs so that you can shop ’til you drop, you could also take the Tube one stop from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus.
This buzzing shopping street is home to the UK flagship stores of Selfridges, Topshop, House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer as well as large outlets of Primark, HMV and other much-loved shops.
Bars and restaurants also line the street, meaning there are plenty of places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat during a shopping break.
3. The Abbey Road Store
For a slightly different shopping experience close to The Marble Arch London, head to the Abbey Road Store.
Just a 30-minute walk or 15-minute bus ride from the hotel are the Abbey Road Studios, made famous by The Beatles, but used by everyone from Cliff Richard to Taylor Swift over the years. The world-famous recording studios are situated right by the zebra crossing featured on the Fab Four’s iconic album cover.
Next door to the studios is the Abbey Road Store, where you can buy a wide range of Beatles merchandise and other souvenirs celebrating British music, from stationery to mugs and from vinyl albums to colouring books.
If you’ve made the pilgrimage to see where John, Paul, George and Ringo produced some of their finest work and posed for that coveted zebra crossing snapshot – make sure to watch out for traffic! – a trip to the shop to pick up a souvenir is a must.
4. The Harry Potter Shop at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters
Another shop dedicated to one of the most iconic parts of British popular culture is the Harry Potter Shop at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, which can be found at King’s Cross railway station.
Fans of the franchise will know that it is the magical platform where the boy wizard boards the Hogwarts Express to school each September. To prevent the actual platforms nine and ten from getting too crowded, the train station’s foyer has its own platform nine and three-quarters where fans can pose for photos.
The Harry Potter shops sells a vast range of merchandise relating to the seven books and eight films dreamt up by author JK Rowling. There’s the usual mugs, stationery, hoodies and trinkets, as well as Hogwarts uniforms in the colours of each of the four houses – Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin – and you can even buy your own wand.
You can get to Kings Cross station from The Marble Arch London by taking the Tube via the Central Line from Marble Arch to Oxford Circus, before switching to the Victoria Line and getting off at Euston, from where King’s Cross is just over the road.
5. Covent Garden
The high-end shops, independent boutiques and decadent eateries of Covent Garden are a 40-minute walk from the hotel if you head straight down Oxford Street and keep going or you can take the Central Line Tube from Marble Arch to Holborn, then change to the Piccadilly Line, disembarking at Covent Garden.
Covent Garden’s shops are mainly housed in the old market building, which is the centre of a bustling square filled with street entertainers and lined with pavement cafes, meaning this is also a great spot for people watching.
Designer handbags, perfumes, cosmetics and high-end fashion can be found in abundance at Covent Garden, along with some slightly more unusual options, such as the Moomin Shop, a store dedicated to the cartoon hippo-like creatures invented by Tove Jansson. The Primrose Bakery is another must-visit, famed for its sweet cupcakes iced in pastel colours and its decadent Kit Kat Brownies.