London has some of the world’s most famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harvey Nichols and many others. Our presenter Richard visits them and also samples a smaller shop for a range of shopping experiences.

Task 1

In what order did Richard look at the following products?


Task 2

What's special about each shop or area?


Task 3

Match the beginnings and ends of these phrases.


Task 4

Richard said "If only they had it in my size". Type the correct form of the verb in the gap. Make it negative if necessary. 

We have a page on LearnEnglish about the use of 'if only'.






Hello everyone..
☆ What are the differences between shopping in London and shopping where you live?
- I'm living in a town, called Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia. Shopping in my place where I live is a little different from shopping in London. There's no big malls with airconditioning that you can stay in to escape the heat. Instead, traditional shops and markets are seated around on different streets. I love to just walk around before or after dinner when the temperatures are a bit more comfortable and see what they have to offer. However, we also have world class malls in our big capital city. It will take you two and a half hours to get there.
☆ Tell us what you like about shopping in your country and what could be better?
- The cost of living in my place is low, and so are prices... A lot of things are low prices. Even the most exclusive high end products will be considerably cheaper than what you would pay anywhere else, particularly London and Europe. Silver, handicraft, art work, painting, fashion&clothes, furniture, snack&candy, you name it... our traditional shops and markets offer flexible prices, making the best deals possible for those with bargaining skills.

actually there is no comparison between shopping in my country and shopping in London , cause we miss the variety i saw in this video

I do not know why english people like so many kinds of hat.

wow we too have traditional hats, like the Pakul for southern regions :)

In Greece we haven't any money to buy clothes, let alone to the London....

really?I think greece is a very rich country.

Pretty silly if you ask me besides being unpractical. Deutsche Welle lets me download everything! You can even download American news flashes. Really a pitty

I teach English to adults in France but the multi-purpose hall where the lessons are held lacks Wi-Fi access. I have tried to download the video/audio but unfortunately I've not been able to do so. Is there something I can do about it?


Hello Emmanuel,

As I explained in my other comment, I'm afraid that our videos are not available for download. I'm sorry that this means that you're unable to use them. I hope you will consider using our podcasts.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

in this sentence(. If I’m lucky, I might see someone famous.) what is Richard looking for somebody or something to buy? if he is going to shopping why he says :to see someone famous instead of something?