Figuring out a packing list for spring and early summer travels in Europe can be tricky– temperatures can vary so greatly you may not be sure what to wear and can easily result in that dreaded over packing. I am obsessive about packing light (more room for souvenirs!) so I keep my packing list for […]
Top Souvenirs to Buy in London
**NOTE: I’ve updated this as of 4/17 see the most current post filled with photos and souvenirs here The Top 17 London Souvenirs and Experiences (below is archival only).**
It’s hard to put together the top souvenirs to buy in London because there are just so many great things to shop for, some in unexpected places. Some of my favorite top London souvenirs are food items— whether that’s tea and Cadbury candy bars from the Tesco supermarket or biscuits from Fortnum and Mason.
I love London markets and one of the most convenient London markets to find quality handmade souvenirs is right in the hear of the city in Convent Garden.
London has some pretty spectacular department stores that are a great source of top souvenirs. You might be surprised that Marks and Spencer is known for its underwear, Primark (aka Primani) has some cheap tourist finds, Liberty London is known for its prints and haberdashy and Fortnum and Mason is fabulous for well, everything.
Of course as home of one of the world’s most fascinating monarchies, London’s top souvenirs have to include any and all things royal— and the Buckingham Palace gift shops are a great source for high quality royal souvenirs (even bone china!).
Other London top souvenirs include anything we think of as quintisentially “British.” The London Transport museum is almost universally praised for their amazing gift shop and even British kitsch, with its long history, can be fun to buy.
Remember that souvenirs don’t have to be bought in a shop. One of my top souvenir tips is to participate in a local activity and the souvenir really just becomes part of the experience. If you love football/soccer (any indication of the world cup coverage would indicate most of you do), then why not spend an afternoon at a Barclays Premier League match? The “souvenir” scarf should be bought before the match so you can join in the fun!
On each return visit to London, it’s always the same. I step off the Heathrow Express in Paddington Station. Jet lagged and groggy, I grab a coffee and make my way to the cab stand. I collapse in a heap in the spacious seat of my black cab. My driver gives me a warm greeting […]
Whenever I visit London, I’m tempted to buy a giant picnic hamper, load up on provisions, and find a perfect patch of grass— maybe in Holland Park, one of my favorite London parks. I’ve probably read too many Jane Austen novels, but to me, English picnics have a certain romance about them. There is something […]
Liberty London is my favorite department store in London– in a past post we took a virtual photo tour of this unique store and souvenir shopped the iconic print accessories and British gifts, click here to read Part I. Today we check out the goods Liberty London is most famous for– the Liberty Art fabric […]
The British, with their love of sweets, are well-known for making delicious candy that is craved worldwide (there is a reason most large American supermarkets have a dedicated British sweets section). I thought I knew British sweets pretty well– after all, on each visit to the UK I make sure to raid a local British […]
Poppies and Remembrance Day in England If you visit England in the month of November, you will notice red poppies pinned to the lapel of many residents– especially the older generation. These red poppies were originally a symbol of commemoration of British soldiers who died in World War I (and now include the fallen from […]