CARNABY Wander from the beaten track of London’s hotspot tourist destinations and you’ll discover many more hidden treasures - especially for those with a love for fashion and food. Nestled between Oxford Street and Regent Street — two of the city’s major shopping destinations — you’ll discover Carnaby. Spread over 13 streets, Carnaby is home to 52 unique independent boutiques, 40 global fashion brands, 15 concept shops and 61 independent restaurants, cafes and bars. Words: Jessica Fogarty
TRAVEL Travel by train from Sheffield to London in just under two hours. Expect to pay between £30-£100 return if booked in advance. For cheaper fares, travel from 9am, return from 7pm (off-peak) and book three-months ahead when tickets are first released. The underground is located within Kings Cross station — take the Victoria Line north to Oxford Circus then Carnaby is just a five minute walk on foot. A one day off-peak London underground travel card costs £7.30 and allows you unlimited tube travel for one day in zones one and two (central London). www.thetrainline.co.uk
DROP DEAD: Founded in Sheffield in 2005 by Bring Me The Horizon frontman, Oli Sykes, Drop Dead strives to create unique, high quality, limited menswear, womenswear and collectibles, inspired by internet culture, life on the road and an ever-evolving taste in music and art. Previously located on Brick Lane, the brand re-located to Carnaby Street recently. Why? “We fit in well with the other brands on this street” store manager Joe Smith tells us. “We get a good number of celebrities visiting us here too – Jude Law, Noel Fielding and actor/ singer Jamie Campbell are all regulars.” DR MARTENS: Carnaby Street is home to the Dr Martens flagship store showcasing the best of what the brand has to offer - classic and contemporary footwear for men, women and children, along with the brand’s latest clothing and accessories range. Exclusive to the Carnaby store you can even create your own bespoke boots from the eyelets to the laces to the sole. As a place known for its historical association with music and underground culture since the 1960s, Carnaby Street is the perfect location for the one-of-a-kind store.
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