Shopping in central London doesn't have to mean going off the beaten track, whilst Oxford street may be one of the busiest high street destinations in the country you don't have to navigate the crowds for a good shop in the city. Just a mere walk down any of Oxford street's side streets will unveil a wondrous world of shopping.
Trying to make your way through Oxford Circus is a little like escaping a zombie apocalypse at times, it is worth braving one of the capital's busiest tube stations though for a selection of some outstanding shops just a mere walk away. Carnaby Street is just around the corner from the tube station here you'll find Kingly Court towards the far end of the street, home to a selection of vintage shops and independent designers from milliners to bridal wear which are certainly worth a visit.
A short walk away from here takes you to Conduit street, worth a visit alone for the rather quaint branch of Starbucks fitted in a mix of Victorian meets modern furnishings. You'll find a wonderful selection of shops down the street from Oliver Sweeney to Issey Miyake, of course on the adjoining corner to Savile Row, where you may be pleasantly surprised to find a few tailors specializing in womenswear including Kathryn Sargent & Richard Anderson.
Another hidden gem worth walking off the beaten track for is Burlington arcade, home to a wonderful selection of antiques, jewellers, perfumeries and footwear in a quaint building. You'll find some wonderful shops here from Crockett and Jones who make a rather fetching brogue, to the infamous Laudree and their exquisite macaroons.
The surrounding streets are full of designer stores from Vivienne Westwood to Chanel, and hidden boutiques which are worth a peek into especially around sale season, the Bond street Ralph Lauder for instance is infamous for it's outstanding sales finds if you can brave the crowds.
There's certainly plenty to unearth taking a walk off the busy tourist laden Oxford Street to find some truly wonderful gems away from the crowds.
Images: I've been there & Burlington Arcade