Shopping in LondonYou do not "go shopping". You go to the shops or to market.
The Royal Exchange, built by Sir Thomas Gresham, was opened by the Queen in 1571, just in time for the shopping season, as sort of an Elizabethan shopping mall. A very prestigious building in the classical style, fine merchants of all sorts have set up shop here.
One-stop-shopping includes: Feather shops, Milliners, Wig makers, Ready made clothes (drapers), Imported accessories, Embroidered goods, Perfumes, Starches (used for ruffs).
The most exclusive jewelers and mercers are in Cheapside.
You can buy second-hand clothes in Birchin Lane, but people "of appearance" do not shop there.
There are no zoning laws. Shops, taverns, and residences live noisily side by side all over the city.
Most of the really low company you may be looking for is probably hanging out in Southwark across the river. (Pronounce it SUTH-ook, "th" as in "bathe" and "ook" as in "book".) Naturally the bear garden (for bear baiting) is here, as are (eventually) the play houses and many of the stews.
26 March 2000 pkm