Where and when to go shopping in London?
Store opening hours
Shops in London are free to set their opening hours on weekdays - but Sunday opening hours are regulated by the Commercial Code.
They are generally open from 9 a.m. / 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / 7 p.m. on weekdays, and from 10 a.m. / 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. / 5 p.m. on Sundays.
On Oxford Street, most stores are open until 'at 9 p.m. / 10 p.m. - all week long!
Supermarkets are generally open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.
Just check out the Tesco, Asda or Sainsbury's website or look at the opening hours posted on the store door. The supermarkets that bear the Tesco Extra name are often larger and open 24 hours a day.
Some Sainsbury's, Asda or COOP supermarkets are open from 7 a.m..
You should know that the Summer sales have no fixed date. Each merchant is free to launch their balances on any date they wish - generally from the last week of June.
The Winter sales officially begin the day after Christmas, that is December 26 (Boxing Day)
For the end date, there is no official date, each store chooses its end date based on their sales results - usually around the end of January.
This year (2020), Black Friday will take place Friday, November 27.
In the United States and Canada, Black Friday takes place the day after the Thanksgiving meal: on last Friday in November.
It refers to a big day of promotions marking the start of the year-end shopping period - and now adopted by many other countries: UK, France, Australia, South Africa, Benelux, Sweden, Mexico, etc.
In the United States, Cyber Monday is the Monday following Black Friday.
It refers to a big day of online promotions - now adopted by Canada ("Mad Monday"), the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, France and the Chilli.
This year (2020), Cyber Monday will take place Monday, November 30.
In the UK and many English speaking countries, Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated - every year since 1871 - on December 26.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Boxing Day has referred to a great day of promotions - often compared to that of Black Friday - which occurs the day after Christmas.
In the liturgical calendar, it marks the feast of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Tradition calls for showing charity and distributing gifts to the poorest on this holiday.
The LEGO® group - specialised in construction games - currently has 3 stores in London: in Westfield shopping centers and in the famous district of Leicester Square.
Spread over two levels, Leicester Square (opened in November 2016) is the largest LEGO® Store in the world - with a total area of 914m².
Thanks to the partnership that the LEGO® group has signed with Transport for London, the entrance to the store has been completely decorated in the colors and symbols of the London Underground!
The brand Sézane opened its first London store last September (2018) - in the heart of Notting Hill: 233 Westbourne Grove W11 2SE.
Tube stations: Notting Hill Gate (Central, District and Circle Lines) or Westbourne Park (Hammersmith & City Line).
The brand also has a corner in the department store Selfridges!
Abercrombie & Fitch
The main Abercrombie & Fitch store is located on Burlington Gardens, between Bond Street and Regent Street: 7 Burlington Gardens W1S 3ES.
Tube stations: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly Line) or Bond Street (Jubilee and Central Lines).
The name of the sign does not appear on the facade, but it is easily recognizable by its 2 large columns and the crowd of people queuing to enter!
The prices are often more interesting on the online store.
The Hollister brand is present in Westfield shopping centers (Shepherd's Bush and Stratford City), Brent Cross (north London) and Bluewater (in Kent). The Gilly Hicks brand is only present in Westfield shopping centers (Shepherd's Bush and Stratford City).