Shopping in London

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The main supermarkets are Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. While Tesco and Sainsbury’s being average in terms of prices, Waitrose is the most expensive one among them.

If you are lucky enough to have one in your area you can do cheap grocery shopping from these supermarkets: Lidl, Iceland, Aldi.

Ask for student discount! Many shops including New Look, Office, Topshop etc. have student discounts generally around 10%.

Asda shops, which are very few, could be critically good for student living. They are the equivalent of Wal-Mart (US) in UK. Asda offers a wide variety of products with considerable discounts. Moreover, they could be ideal for homeware (table clothing, pillows, kitchenware etc.) shopping. http://storelocator.asda.com website could help in order to locate them.

For Turkish food; there are many local markets in Harringay area located in North East London. The closest underground stations to area are: Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line) and Manor House (Piccadilly Line). Some other areas where Turkish communities reside in London, and consequently you have access to Turkish products are Hackney, Dalston and Bethnal Green.

Argos offers a shopping concept which does not exist in Turkey, yet. With Argos you may reserve any item to collect in 2 days from any of their stores you may easily locate all around London. Since their stores are basic warehouses which are operated with few employees, Argos could offer very good prices. Argos basically offers good value shopping for anything that a student would need, except clothing and food. http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Home.htm is their website and you could search for your item to see its availability in the stores nearby. Remember, your postcode will be crucial for this one as well!

For cheap and convenient electronics shopping, you may use shops like Curry’s and PC World. Overall, UK market is cheaper for electronics shopping due to low taxes on products but these shops could get you exceptional deals for any electronics/PC product.

Sport’s Direct shops would help you for any sporting activity related clothing shopping (including official football/basketball merchandise). As well as offering very swift online shopping options, Sport’s Direct stores are all around London and quite easily reachable. The most well-known Sport’s Direct shop does not carry the title of Sport’s Direct but it is in the Piccadilly Circus with the title ‘LillyWhites’. In any Sport’s Direct shop you may as well buy quality daily clothing items for very sensible prices.

The main address for cheap cloth shopping is Primark, a department store consisting of womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and home accessories. The two biggest Primark stores are located in Central London, on the Marble Arch end of Oxford Street. Beware that low prices of Primark clothing are a good reflection of their quality. So do not expect to use Primark items for years!

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If you need more detailed information or have any queries regarding shopping in London, you may e-mail londonguide@researchturkey.org typing “Shopping” as the subject of your e-mail.

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