I much prefer the high street shopping experience in England. Which we’ve lost in Sydney, being overrun by mega shopping centres. Not that London doesn’t have mega-complexes.
From the outside, London Westfields was the same concrete windowless behemoth as any Australian Westfields. Inside, I was lost in a time-space vortex. Felt I could have been at any Westfields in Australia. Same shops! Same outlets! (Though the London Westfields was a reverse Tardis – looked larger on the outside than it did on the inside!)
I had hoped for more difference in fashion. Yes, we access online shopping. And yes, the trends are global. And yes, many clothes are made in the same factories in China. Still … One can hope.
But there’s definite regional differences out on the street.
I have never seen so much black, grey and khaki as on the streets of London. Look at the people on Piccadilly.
And on the Tube.
OK, maybe I need to come back when everyone is not in their coats?
I would still say Australians dress more colourfully. I know that those from south-east Queensland dress more colourfully than Sydneysiders. But by golly, Sydneysiders are peacocks to the residents and tourists of London.
Still it is heartening or soul destroying (depending on your view) to note that I saw manky teenagers who could slip right into Blacktown.