Shopping - away from the High Street

london collageMost people are pretty good at managing to find the High Street. Here are a few ideas to help prevent you from buying the same as everyone else...

If you’re looking for something quirky or different, try shopping in a market, at a visitor attraction or one of these places...

The Apple Market at Covent Garden is ideal for gifts — unique handcrafted products at reasonable prices

The East London street markets such as Brick Lane, Petticoat Lane and Whitechapel Road offer bargains and banter — customer service cockney style…

Got some great ideas for exotic food and a home make-over but don’t know where to buy the ingredients? Go to Green St, Newham for silks, spices and gold at amazing prices

Buy a gift with a royal connection — in the shop at the Tower of London, Kensington Palace or Hampton Court Palace

Looking for a gift for a gardener? There’s a great range with a botanical theme in the giftshops at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Buy a great work of art (or at least a copy) at the Design Museum, National Gallery, or Victoria & Albert Museum

Check out Columbia Road on a Sunday morning — bright flowers at bargain prices, triffid-like plants and fascinating small shops in the surrounding streets

Next time you play tennis, make sure you look the part even if your game’s not up to scratch with distinctive purple & green clothing from the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Chocoholics will never want to buy mass produced chocolate again after a visit to Rococo Chocolates on Kings Road – try the chilli pepper or sea salt flavours!

Build your own shrine to wine — shop at Vinopolis where there’s an amazing selection of wines, glasses, souvenirs and wine accessories

Mind the Gap! Remind everyone with a t-shirt, shelter from the rain with a London Underground map brolly or another innovative gift the London Transport Museum shop in Covent Garden

If you’re seeking out silver treasures, go to Chancery Lane where you’ll find the the silver vaults almost hidden underground. Over 30 dealers sell everything from tiny pill-boxes to enormous silver elephants.

Check out street sensation for details of other London shopping areas