London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.
London is the shopping capital of the world. Every year millions of overseas visitors shop here. But what makes shopping here so great? There’s only one way to find out. I’m off to do some shopping – follow me!
Knightsbridge is famous for upmarket shopping. This is where the rich and famous come to buy… their socks. And this is the one and only Harrods… the ultimate in luxury. Even royalty shop here. If I’m lucky, I might see someone famous.
If only they had it in my size. Lovely! Thank you!
Done quite well there – what’s next? Taxi! Harvey Nichols, please.
At Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols – or ‘Harvey Nicks’ for short – is a great place for designer fashion.
Well, I had to buy couple of things… What?
The biggest toy shop in the world – now you’re talking!
So cute… err… it’s not for me.
London’s Oxford Street is retail heaven. It’s got over 2 kilometres of shops to choose from… and, of course, Selfridges for shopping with style. Taxi!
Could you drop all this off home for me, please? I’m off to explore a different sort of shopping in Britain.
If you like shopping all under one roof, then there are big shopping centres all over Britain. The Olympic-sized shopping centre at Westfield, Stratford, is huge. With over 300 shops, it’s one of the largest shopping centres in Europe.
Great shopping isn’t just about big shops. Smaller shops can offer something special too. Tucked away in the heart of Piccadilly is a great shopping gem. Lock’s sell that must-have in gentlemen’s fashion: the hat! Lock’s opened in London in 1679. Their hats can be seen across the world. They pride themselves on their personal service.
Richard: Sue Simpson is a hat specialist. Hi Sue.
Sue: Oh, hi Richard.
Richard: Wow, a bowler hat, you don’t see many of those these days, do you?
Sue: Well, we don’t call it a ‘bowler’ here at Lock’s, we call it a ‘coke hat’ because it was invented in 1850 for Thomas Coke…
Richard: …by this very shop.
Sue: …by this very shop and we still call it a ‘coke’ to this day.
Richard: Ah, the classic top hat. When would I wear that?
Sue: That’s a beautiful silk top hat. You would wear that for a society wedding, or the time you see most of them is at Ascot, which is the famous race meeting in June.
Richard: So what’s your best-seller here at Lock’s?
Sue: Our best-seller would be a classic tweed cap or this trilby here, which is called a ‘Voyager’, and the novelty of this one…
Richard: …is it folds up so you can pop it into your luggage.
Sue: …pop it into your luggage.
Richard: Excellent. Is that a deerstalker?
Sue: Similar to a deerstalker, but this is a country cap with a fastening that goes over the top. And this was invented originally for wearing in open-top cars, but now it’s more commonly worn on the hills out shooting and this keeps the ears warm and stops it blowing away.
Richard: I like it; I’ll take this one.
In what order did Richard look at the following products?
What's special about each shop or area?
Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.
Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary.
We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.
What are the differences between shopping in London and shopping where you live? Tell us what you like about shopping in your country and what could be better.
I am going to London on 18th May 2013 and have a travel in London about 2 days and visit the Guernsey island about 4 days. I really want to do some shopping in London. Could anyone please give me some advices on where I can buy some very traditional England things. I cannot buy very expensive and luxury things. I just want to shop some presents for my parents ,friends ,colleagues and my lovely students. So where in London should I go to do shopping? Please. I need all of your help.
I like shopping too, especially in book, cd en dvd stores.
In my country you see more and more the same shops in every city or village.
With the same products on the same place as everywhere.
I find that boring.
Bye bye, Ron
Hi everyone!!! I must say that I love shopping.
I remembered the first time I went to London (when I was a teenager to study English in a summer school). I visited Harrods.It was fantastic, wonderful, amazing and quite expensive. Some years later, being an adult, I went back to Harrods. The impression was the same, a lovely place. I enjoyed withe the toilets¨decorations.
In my country we have shopping centres. but I love walking in the street and doing windows shopping and finishing in a pub drinking a beer.
Task four is too difficult for me :(
Is it possible to please make these videos available for download, or the audio track from these videos available for download?
Thanks for your help.
I like this topic,it's an amazing idea to improve your language and improve your knowledge
Please can you translate me some of the words and phrase.
Thank you very much in advance.
upmarket shopping : luxury shopping
By this very shop : particularly this shop
pride sb on : to be proud of yourself = "take pride in"
I am here to learn English therefore help me
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