Category Archives: shops

45: Read – or rest – at Waterstone Picadilly

Waterstone Picadilly is Europe’s largest bookshop – with six floors of books and 150,000 titles in stock, you should be able to find just what you’re looking for. They also have comfy sofas to read their books – what more could we ask for ?

waterstone picadilly

Nearest tube station: Picadilly Circus

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43: Go to cyber-clothing wonderland at Cyberdog (but don’t buy anything)

Cyberdog is one of the craziest shops of Camden Town – and this should give you a fairly good indication of how insane it is.

Horses sculptures in Stables Market

Cyberdog is located in Stables Market in Camden Town

First, let me get this straight: I have never bought anything from Cybergog, and most probably never will. But I intend to go there every time I go to Camden Town – when I have friends coming over who want to visit the standard London landmarks, that is.

Cyberdog

Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take pictures inside, but this photo of one of the two giant robots stationed outside can give you an idea of what you’re going to find inside. Only a faint idea, though, because going inside is a very special experience. Cyberdog is indeed specialising in ravers and cybergoths’ clothing. That apparently means fluorescent clothing with electronic accessories that you are very unlikely to wear outside a rave party – or outside of Camden Town, if you prefer. It’s quite expensive though, so it doesn’t make for a fulfilling shopping experience, but visiting the shop is clearly worth the trip. After all, where else can you find a neon-lit shop (and a DJ in the weekends) with blue-haired shop assistants selling futuristic clothing?

Nearest stations: Camden Town, Chalk Farm, Kentish Town

17: Go clubbing in a shop (at 3 in the afternoon)

Of course, I’m talking about Abercrombie and Fitch. They have opened a shop in a sumptuous neoclassical building in Mayfair, in a street parallel to Regent’s Street. The brand is so confident in its success that it didn’t even take the trouble to put up a shop sign. And it works: the shop is full every day, and sometimes you even have to queue to get in!

LaAbercrombie and Fitch shop in Londonst time I went there though I have to confess that I was a little disappointed: the top models/shop assistants who welcome you at the door with a casual “hi guys!” weren’t even shirtless, as is usually the case! (OK, maybe the fact that it was January had an impact on their clothing…)

When entering the shop, darkness and loud music are stunning. Adding to this club-like atmosphere, some of the shop assistants are even paid to dance. Besides, the shop seems to have one of the highest densities of shop assistants in London, average age: 19, the I-went-to-America’s-next-top-model-before-getting-this-job type…

If you’re brave enough to queue for the fitting rooms and then queue again to pay, you might end up with a nice souvenir; prices are most often way too expensive for me, but I feel that even without buying anything the shop is worth a visit.

You can then leave the shop, your eyes blinking under the sunlight, exhausted by the crowd as if you had been clubbing during hours.

Abercrombie and Fitch: 42 Savile Row Westminster, London W1S 3QG

Nearest Tube: Picadilly Circus