Carnaby Street, London | Exploring

Image of 'Welcome to Carnaby Street' street sign

As you may know if you read some of my earlier posts, Exploring Kingly Court, and my thoughts on the Skinny Dip x Hate Sucks Panel, I recently visited London. I finally plucked up the guts to travel alone and met my good friend Nati. It took us a while to find each other, as it turns out that there are, not one, but two Accessorize branches on Oxford Street! *facepalm*. I don’t think we chose the best meeting place!

But, nevertheless, when we found each other we decided to go on a girls’ shopping trip around London. We explored so many incredible places that I’ve always wanted to go to, Carnaby Street being just one of them. Carnaby Street is actually located super close to Oxford Street, so if you’re arriving for a shopping day then you really don’t have far to travel. I was instantly in awe at all of the bright colours the second that we arrived!

Image of Carnaby Street Jack WillsFlowers outside of a store window

Being a born and bred Brummie, having a load of different stores on my doorstep is pretty much the norm for me. We have a Jack Wills, Urban Outfitters, and the whole entire Bullring! So, it’s quite hard to impress me when it comes to shopping! But, this was on an entire different level. There were so many different stores that we don’t have, that I genuinely felt a little bit overwhelmed. So many shops, so little time! There was a Cheap Monday Store, Brandy Melville, DropDead, Monki, Lazyoaf, Skinnydip. SO MANY!

The whole street was filled with flowers, colour and glitter. It really was absolutely gorgeous! The walls were covered in street art and arrgh! I just love it! It was quite busy and therefore difficult to take photos without a blurry man wondering what I’m earth I’m doing. But, so instagrammable!

Skinnydip Hate Sucks store windowSkinnydip London Store: Cashier behind a till Skinnydip london products for sale

Our first visit was to the Skinny-dip store; the front window looked incredible and it had the same Hate Sucks theme as the event we were due to attend on the evening. We had a look inside and i instantly fell in love with all of their stationery! Seeing so much Skinny-dip was INCREDIBLE, in Birmingham we only have a small concession in Selfridges, and it was like a little stall of heaven.

As we were rushed for time we didn’t get to go into too many shops, but I also went to MonkiΒ and fell in love with just about all of their basics! They had stripe tees in so many colours and I just wanted to buy them all, though I did manage to restrain myself and leave with just one. Well, if I didn’t buy it then I’d have had to purchase it online and pay for postage, so it was rude not to. Am I right?!

A selection of mannequins wearing Monki clothes

I really, really wish we’d had more time to explore Carnaby Street as it was my absolute shopping dream! I could have gone and spent millions, if only I had the funds! I can’t wait to head back to London for a shopping trip and to do some more exploring. If you have any recommendations, please do let me know in the comments box!


  1. September 19, 2018 / 9:24 am

    I’ve never actually shopped on Carnaby St but I love walking down and looking at all the shop fronts and street decor! They always do an awesome job at Christmas too πŸ™‚

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 19, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Oh my – I must take a trip around Christmas and have a look. I really miss it! x

  2. September 19, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Carnaby Street and the Neals Yard area are my two absolute favourite places in all of London – I love the array of shops and how cute the street is, it always feels like a much nicer shopping experience than Oxford Street, and I always find some little gems.

    Cordelia ||

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 20, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      It’s incredible isn’t it! It’s quite busy but a lot less daunting than Oxford Street. xx

  3. September 19, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Christmas is the best time to come here! It’s so much more charming than the lights on Regent and Oxford Streets! There is an amazing Hawaiian restaurant here which seems tiny when you walk in but is huge downstairs! Deffo check it out next time you’re here! πŸ™‚

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 20, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Oh my gosh, that sounds wonderful! I must go and have a look when I can πŸ™‚ xx

  4. September 19, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Oh my, so bright and beautiful! Looks like you had a blast!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 20, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      I absolutely did, thank you so much Cici! x

  5. September 22, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Whenever I go to London I wish I had infinitely more money to shop πŸ˜‚πŸ’–

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 23, 2018 / 9:37 am

      The DREAM!! Haha xx

  6. September 22, 2018 / 10:46 am

    Loved this post! I went to London for the first time last month but didn’t get the chance to shop but I can’t wait to go back and browse all the shops we don’t have where I live (most shops haha!). I’ll definitely have to add Carnaby street to the list of places to visit xx

    Elin |

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 23, 2018 / 9:41 am

      Thanks so much Elin! I wanna do the same thing – Theres’ so many shops that are only located in London! xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 23, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Thank you so much Fatimah! Glad you liked it <3

  7. September 23, 2018 / 7:01 am

    I LOVE how the flowers are hanging off the top of the shops. Shopping trips are great! It’s neat to see shops that do a great job with their interior decor. Skinny-dip looks like my type of store to be in. Glad you enjoyed going through Carnaby Street!

    Nancy β™₯

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 23, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Thanks so much Nancy! Super pretty aren’t they – I wish we had more flowers where I’m from! xx

  8. September 30, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    I’m sure that we’ve walked down here before and always are transfixed by the beauty of this street. I’m really glad to read that you had a good time. Great post!

    • Chloe_Francis
      October 3, 2018 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks so much!

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