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Shopping Liberty London’s Prints, Gifts and Accessories for fun Souvenirs

If you live near a large city like New York, the idea of visiting another country’s department stores probably doesn’t hold that much appeal. We all get the same international designers, and what you can’t find back home you can almost certainly find easily online (usually with free shipping both ways). So when visiting another international city like London, I skip right over the big-name department stores like Harrods and Selfridges.

Liberty of London tudor shopfront Regent Street London

Liberty of London has a long legacy in London– founded in 1875, the department store has been located in this distinct Tudor storefront on Regent Street since 1920.

But there is one London department store so unique and such a pleasure to explore that it always makes its way onto my London touring and shopping itinerary– Liberty London. What makes Liberty of London different isn’t its selection of designer duds (yes it has those too) but its own line of Liberty print fabrics (more on those in my next post) and its high-quality, but reasonably priced accessories.

DSCF3001Liberty of London is completely different from any other department store I’ve ever experienced— walking through its cozy rooms, grand atriums and winding wooden stairwells feels like you are exploring the home of a grand English aristocrat.

I loved all the woodwork details, like this turtle finial on the staircase.

Liberty print stationery

As you walk into Liberty of London’s ground floor entrance, you’ll be right in one of my favorite departments– the stationery section. Here you’ll find gorgeous notebooks and paper accessories emblazoned with Liberty print patterns. These make great gifts, too.

best london souvenir gift Liberty Art print fabric covered notebook

Liberty Art fabric covered notebook

Liberty London print greeting cards are beautifully made and probably the least expensive way to bring back some of the Liberty’s great design aesthetic. In addition to all the Liberty London print items, you’ll find other examples of British whimsy— I loved this crocodile-with-a-crown stationery.

Next up: Liberty London Print accessories

Liberty London tana lawn pepper print washbag gift souvenir

Liberty London tana lawn pepper print wash bag

As you make your way into the store, you’ll find the  collection of Liberty London print accessories– standouts include Liberty London print leather passport holders, ipad cases, shopping bags and makeup bags (called wash bags in the U.K.).

Liberty London Jewelry

Astley clarke bangles bracelets liberty london gift

Astley Clarke pink and orange bangles

Liberty of London’s costume jewelry section features only a few items with Liberty print designs (like watch bands made from Liberty London fabrics). But it’s worth a browse to check out  some great pieces from local British jewelry designers. I was especially fond of English designer Astley Clarke’s colorful enamel bangles.

Head upstairs: Liberty of London’s Women’s Fashion

Liberty London store guide directory Regent streetNotwithstanding its charming, antique appearance, you won’t get lost in the in the labyrinth of rooms here– Liberty of London is easy to navigate. Look for the large directory placards by the elevators and stairwells. The men’s collection is down one flight, for everything else, head upstairs.

Liberty of London window regent street

Iron-wrought windows with etched designs decorate the stairwells.

Liberty London store interior women's fashion

Step off the staircase and you are greeted by this mannequin guarding the women’s department

Take this mannequin’s advice and stop before heading into the women’s designer fashion section, or you may risk blowing your vacation budget (designers often run collaborations using Liberty fabrics and they can be tempting). For classic (and well-priced) Liberty London print shirts (to be reviewed in my next post), head to the third floor.

Head to Liberty of London’s top floor for British Gifts

The gift collections may change, but I always love browsing Liberty of London’s top floor for the well-edited, very British gift options in all price ranges.

Unexpected Things Poppy Seed Bird House Decoration liberty london gift

Unexpected Things Poppy Seed Bird House Decoration.

I loved this colorful, pop-out bird house.

Liberty london gift souvenir tea cup china antiqueToo lazy to hunt down your own antique china  tea cups? Liberty packages these one-offs beautifully, gift-boxed and ready to go.

wooden folding tape measure red tip Liberty London gift

An old school, red-tipped, wooden folding measuring stick caught my eye.

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After you’ve finished shopping, head upstairs for a VAT form to get your tax back, then hit the Liberty London’s cafe for some of the best tea and scones in London.

Not headed to London anytime soon? You won’t have the same selection or experience as visiting the shop, but armchair travelers can always shop online at Liberty London.

London Souvenir Shopping Details:
Liberty London
Regent Street
London W1B 5AH

Have you shopped at Liberty of London? What are your favorite souvenirs?

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5 Responses to Shopping Liberty London’s Prints, Gifts and Accessories for fun Souvenirs

  1. sueslaght 04/22/2014 at 9:54 pm #

    Like shopping in a museum. So beautiful. I certainly hope you brought home the horse head or possible the moose next to it? Really that would be worth having on the wall just as a conversation starter at a party. 🙂

    • Kristin Francis 04/26/2014 at 5:05 pm #

      Ha ha Sue believe it or not I ALREADY had a cardboard taxidermy head in my bedroom! : )

  2. Rolling Harbour 04/23/2014 at 2:39 pm #

    A museum – it really is rather like that. A far better bet than Harrods for interest, I reckon… RH

    • Kristin Francis 04/26/2014 at 5:03 pm #

      I like Harrods food court, but other than that I’m not a fan– a little over the top for my taste. : )

  3. diana @ veggienextdoor 04/27/2014 at 12:14 am #

    Wow! I normally don’t buy any non-edible souvenirs, but I loved every item at Liberty you featured! The prints are gorgeous and I love those bangles!

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