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Shopping is GREAT - Part 1

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.

Task 1

In what order did Richard look at the following products?


Task 2

What's special about each shop or area?


Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.


Task 4

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'.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2



I want to say the sentence of 'By this very shop'..... means 'The coke hat is invented here in 1850'.

Is it correct ?


Hello Nhung123456,

Thanks for clarifying that! Yes, that's correct, except be careful with the tense: 'the Coke hat was invented here in 1850'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, I will remember that. Thank you, Kirk

Thank you, Kirk

I have understood the meaning of the sentence. But if I translate it into Vietnamese for Vietnamese person, I will write:
Richard: ...By this very shop
Richard: ... Thomas Coke invented the hat, I mean into Vietnamese
Is it correct ?


Thank you for explaining the very meaning of 'very' in the sentence to me.


i am living in india,its quiet similar way of doing shopping in india.But i heard that london is very expensive in terms of shopping but india is not so much expensive in terms of shopping .london is very beautiful and during shopping you can explore the beauty of london .the shops and roads are very clean and you can easily get taxi for commuting from one place to another .i love london.

Hi everyone, this is the first time I've known this website and I found it's very useful to learn English. In my country, the majority of the population is not very rich so they don't usually do some upmarket shopping, most of them prefer buying things in market or popular shops because the goods are very cheap and diversified.

In my country , the shops are many but these have big prices and a common man can not afford to buy.

In our country, Iran, there are traditional bazaar in each city that this place are the main center of shopping for people. Architecture of this bazaars is classical and their material is brick . other place for shopping are modern and so like London department stores.

what you like about shopping in your country and what could be better?
the best option of shopping in Iran is nice behavior of seller and their honesty. but there is only one thing that could be better and that is commodity prices.