London’s top outdoors shops: a list of the best outlets to buy hiking, walking and trekking equipment

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If you’ve spent the morning exploring Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath or any of London’s other beautiful green spaces, if may have put you in mind of getting outdoors a little but more. Fortunately, there is an abundance of shops where you can buy all the hiking and trekking equipment you could ever need in the centre of London.

If you have some outdoor adventures lined up, why not hit the shops and kit yourself out with some new gear?

When you’re ready to leave the comfort and luxury of your beautiful room at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel, these are our top suggestions for the best outlets in the city for hiking, trekking and outdoors gear.

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Snow+Rock

Situated in Covent Garden, this store specialises in outdoor and winter sports clothing. When purchasing a pair of walking boots it’s imperative that you get the perfect fit so come here to receive an expert boot fitting. They also offer boot repairs for when your tired old soles need some care and attention.

Cotswold Outdoors London Piccadilly 

If you’ve got a big expedition planned then this is definitely a place worth visiting. The expert staff includes scout and guide leaders and Himalaya experts who will be able to offer unrivalled advice. They also carry out ‘kit talks’ as part of their service where they can give advice to groups about the best clothing and equipment to purchase before heading out on an expedition. Cotswold Outdoors stocks equipment from a number of leading brands including The North Face, Rab and Berghaus.

Ellis Brigham mountain sports

This large store spans two floors so it is likely that you’ll be able to find everything you need here. The store is really spacious so you will be able to try on all your new gear and really get a feel for what it will be like when you wear it while exploring. It’s also the only place in Central London that has an ice climbing wall. Test out your boots on this 8-metre vertical equipment so you can be sure that what you are buying is just right.

After a day of shopping and wall climbing, get cosy in a room at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel which is located just a few miles away and is easily accessible by public transport links.

Kathmandu

Pay this place a visit for a really broad range of outdoor equipment. Be sure to check out their pack&go collection, a line of products that cleverly pack away into their own pockets, reducing bulk when space is limited. Genius!

This place is conveniently located in Kensington so makes a stay at the Park Grand Kensington Hotel an obvious choice for overnight comfort.

Columbia Sportswear

Having just released a super trendy new Autumn Winter collection, it makes sense that you visit Columbia Sportswear to satisfy all of your hiking, trekking and walking needs. They stock some really great products, with their boots boasting a number of features such as Techlite™, meaning that they have a lightweight mid sole for lasting comfort and cushioning. They are also made of waterproof and breathable material, both necessary features when heading outside.

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