Everyone loves a bit of retail therapy at the weekend after a hard week in the office. The problem is, if you live in a vibrant and busy area like West London, it can be hard to pick out the real gems from the wide range of outlets available.
Here, we take a look at some of the very best places to do some shopping in Paddington across a range of experiences and budgets.
We start our tour of shops in and around Paddington with a fantastic little clothing boutique. At The Dresser, you'll find high quality second hand goods for all tastes. The fact that the legendary Eric Clapton even donates some clothes to this store should tell you just how wonderful and stylish it is - and the bonus is if you buy any Clapton cast-offs you're donating all the money to charity.
Most of the pieces on the rail are perfect for fashionistas looking for something unique or hard to find. High end fashion is the order of the day, and you'll want to just spend hours in the quirky little surroundings going through clothes from the likes of Prada, Gucci and Chanel for both men and women. And the best part? They're all available for a fraction of the price the lucky original owner would have paid.
Find it at: 10 Porchester Place
From high fashion to high class, Moss Bros is a name that anyone with an eye for a truly great suit will surely have heard of before. The name is almost synonymous with high quality tailoring. They primarily deal with high-end rentals, but if you're starting a new job and really looking to dress to impress, the company also sell shirts, ties and jackets in a range of formal designs.
The staff themselves really buy into the formality of suits and tailoring, and it's unlikely you'll find a more knowledgeable group of people anywhere. Regardless of the occasion you need a suit for, the staff will be able to advise you on exactly what you need.
Find it at: Unit 6 Whiteleys, Queensway
Of course, clothing isn't the only way to spend a weekend of retail therapy. L'Occitane is one of the world's best known boutiques when it comes to providing the highest quality in natural beauty products, so why not pamper yourself next time you're out in Paddington? This vibrant little space in Whiteley's shopping centre really brings the warmth and sunshine of St Tropez to London - ideal for the winter months - and you can spend literally hours browsing the fantastic products they offer.
Everything sold at L'Occitane, be it a soap, a moisturising balm or any of the products from the shea butter range will remind you of summer and leave you feeling beautiful. And they now also have a great range of fragrances for those looking to splash out a little bit.
Find it at: Whiteleys Shopping Centre
Me & Em
Set up by a pair of working mums for working mums, there is nowhere else in the capital that provides a better shopping experience for ladies' loungewear than Me & Em. With everything from the accessories you need at home to luxury clothing and glorious cashmere, you'll always find something delightful at this wonderful little boutique.
The store itself is quite prestigious as well. When it featured in Vogue, it was described as being "the loungewear wizards". It is also a favourite haunt for the celebrities when they hit West London, where Sienna Miller, Emilia Fox, Poppy Delevigne and Kirsty Young can all be found regularly, showing you just how classy and fashionable it is.
Find it at: 21 Connaught Street
If you're looking to treat yourself to something fashionable when you're about to hit the town in the capital, Monsoon is the perfect boutique for you. Offering upmarket fashion items for girls and ladies, the brand stocks stylish pieces that come designed by the in-house team, so you always know you're getting something up-to-date and classy.
Their line in party dresses are where it's happening, with glamour catered to perfectly in this boutique. And a this time of the year, there's really nothing better than looking for wonderful gifts for friends and family, or even some great chunky knitwear items to banish the festive cold.
Find it at: 179 Harrow Road