Guest Blog Post: Discover London’s Hidden Gems with a SalesGossip Shopping Walk

Are you looking for alternative things to do in London whilst the Olympics are on? Shopping has to be my sport of choice. Don’t try to tell me walking shop to shop, trying on clothes and carrying heavy shopping bags around doesn’t burn calories – and when you find an absolute bargain it feels like you’ve won the best prize ever.

Everyone is going to be flocking to east London during the Olympics. With Westfield Stratford City just a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park bets are on that it’s going to get very crowded – but if you’re looking for places to shop in the capital there’s so much more on offer, from big name designers, high street favourites, and of course those hidden little gems.

SalesGossip is where you’ll find all the latest info on the many fashion sales and sample sales going on all over London – and this summer we’ve teamed up with Trip Stylist to come up with a series of London Shopping Walks so we can share our favourite places to shop. With guides for Shoreditch, Covent Garden, Savile Row, Carnaby Street, Knightsbridge and Primrose Hill, there is a walk to suit whatever your style – and you’ll get to see more of London along the way.

Shoreditch in particular is an easy journey from Stratford and makes for an exciting place to explore. A vibrant mix of styles and cultures converge for a truly unique shopping experience. Whether you choose to rifle through retro clothing at Brick Lane Market on a Sunday or go to a high end designer sample sale – either way you’re guaranteed great bargains.

The Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane is the place to head. A hub for the creative industries this is where you’ll find art exhibitions, food stalls, vintage markets and those all-important designer sample sales.

With many top designers having their studios in the area, The Old Truman Brewery also plays host to many sample sales throughout the year. Don’t let the word ‘sample’ put you off – there should be a full size range available, not just size zero.

One great sample sale set to take place during the Olympics is the Sample Hunters sale. Based at the Old Truman Brewery from 27th – 29th July you’ll find men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from big names designers including; See By Chloe, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Equipment, Belstaff, D&G, J Brand, Juicy Couture, Twenty8Twelve, French Connection, DKNY Jeans, Emporio Armani, Religion, Oliver Spencer and many more all with up to 80% off the RRP!

After all that shopping you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. The Boiler House food hall on Brick Lane holds over 30 food stalls selling culinary delights from around the world.

Basically there’s pretty much always something interesting going on – so be sure to check what’s happening during your visit.

Hannah Moss is the editor of SalesGossip, the online destination for the latest news on all the fashion sales and sample sales going on in London. You can follow SalesGossip on twitter @SalesGossip and like them on

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Miami’s hidden little gems

If you’re in Miami for a few days here’s a list of things to do and places to eat, drink & stay to help you get the best out of your time there.

Things to do
Saunter along the sands of South Beach
South Beach is stereotypical Miami. You can watch the…

Ride the Palm Beach bike trail
Soak up the sights via pedal power…

Visit Little Havana for a taste of Cuba
Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) is full of restaurants, shops…

Check out the Art Deco District
There are over 700 buildings from the 30’s and… 

Seafood Restaurants
Garcia’s Seafood Grill
Nothing beats sitting in the open air looking over the…

Area 31
This is quality seafood with a view. Eat on the patio of…

A Great Bar
The Townhouse
An incredible outdoor rooftop bar with…

A Unique Hotel
The Mondrian
Staying here is like falling into Alice’s rabbit hole—the playful…

It’s a hard city to leave!

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Valentine’s Day in the city of love, Paris

If you’re any bit romantic then February the 14th is a day you probably celebrate. Whether its your very  first Valentine’s Day as a couple or you have been together for decades, this holiday of love is special indeed. So if you are like me and have yet to plan that special day here are a few little gems to help inspire you and make that day a special one.

And there’s no city more romantic, than the ‘City of Light’, Paris. Paris is a million different things to a million different people. The Musée Rodin was opened in 1919 in the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds. It displays works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin’s significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum’s extensive garden.

Stretching over three hectares, the grounds also includes a rose garden, north of the Hôtel Biron, and a large ornamental garden, to the south, while a terrace and hornbeam hedge backing onto a trellis concealed a relaxation area, at the bottom of the garden.  This is the perfect place in Paris to have that romantic stroll and soak up the beauty of this amazing garden.

Our Favourite gem is the Adagio City Aparthotel Paris Tour Eiffel is located in Paris, close to Statue of Liberty Paris, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe. Nearby points of interest also include Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Be sure to get a room with a view.  Our most popular list of gems for luxury hotels in Paris is a list created by Dianne Hofmeyr. Dianne has recommended three amazing hotels in Paris that will comeplete your valenties weekend.

Recommended gems & tips to do in Paris:

Best places to smooch in Paris: In the middle of Pont Neuf, night or day (night is best).

Top 3 restaurants in Paris: Fouquet’s, exceptionally service and great french food.

Citrus Etoile Paris France: The hidden little gem in Paris and highly recommended.

Saucy shopping: something for the boys (and girls) head to Aubade Paris

Top tips in Paris : a trusted city tip from french resident Coraline Despeyroux, all museum’s are free on the first Sunday of the month.

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Discover Abu Dhabi’s hidden little gems

Abu Dhabi

Enjoy the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf, spectacular beaches and sand dunes combined with distinctive Arabian hospitality – that’s what Abu Dhabi offers and plenty more.

Things to do: there’s a lot more on offer than skyscrapers & desert – 9 great things to do.
Restaurants: great international & local cuisine – here’s a list of the best restaurants.
Golf: world-class championship golf courses abound.
Shisha: don’t miss one of the region’s great traditions – great spots for shisha.
Tours & Operators: from desert safaris, to double decker buses to yellow speed boats – check out these tours & operators.