Heading through the tourist hotspots of London, failing to spot the trendy people amidst American and Japanese holidaymakers holding elaborate telephoto lenses is easy.
But a fashion capital it is, replete with the hippest areas in the UK and home to big names on the style circuit. And while you probably won’t spot Vivienne Westwood stalking the streets of Britain’s largest city, there are a number of fashion vistas to visit where you can try cosmetics, surgery and the hottest trends.
So add some of these locations to your holiday wish list and you’ll be kitted out like a Cara Delavigne tribute act before your trip’s end.
Remove those mistakes – for good
Remember that time when you were drunk in Thailand, staggered into a tattoo parlour and requested a giant love heart on your navel that read, in bold lettering, “I HEART YOU, MUM”? At the time, it was like getting the Sistine Chapel on your body, but now it seems like a large, rather garish mistake.
It happens to the best of us, but the British capital has the perfect solution. Laser tattoo removal in London is always professional, and could make those questionable cosmetic choices of your youth vanish with just a few magic rays.
Hit up a market
The Camden and Spitalfields Markets have become famous for providing the trendiest designs at extremely affordable prices. Open all year and featuring a revolving door of different sellers, they’re two of the hottest tickets for bohemian styles.
While you won’t be gracing the London Fashion Week with your purchases, they’ll fit in perfectly with the world of art students and other trendy types who shy away from the mainstream. Although slightly outside of the tourist areas, both Camden and Spitalfields are on central underground lines that should take no more than 20 minutes of commuting.
Invest in class
It’s not all trendy markets and lasers in London, however. If you’re looking for old-school class, the capital can offer bespoke tailoring, luxury cosmetics and much more besides. Selfridges on Oxford Street, for instance, features a range of men’s and women’s wear, all available in a shop fizzling with a sense of post-Victorian class.
Or, alternatively, hit up Harrods (Brompton Road), another luxury store offering only the finest in products to the finest of customers. While the prices might leave your wallet running for the hills, the quality of every garment is undeniable, with lead designers the world over scrambling for a place in this feted shop.
If popular fashion sense is more your thing, then Carnaby Street, filled with brands like Nike, Vans, Pretty Green and loads more.
It’s the ideal location to pick up casualwear and, most importantly, makes for a great day out away from the grander locations of the capital.