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 […]
Top Souvenirs to Buy in London
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!
Where I live in New York City, the shelves of my local supermarket are well-stocked with British food imports. I don’t need to book a flight to pick up Marmite, Heinz salad cream or HP brown sauce. My corner store even stocks my favorite British candy bars. Given the wide availability of British grocery items, […]
Shopping Convent Garden’s Apple Market for Souvenirs made in England While other London markets like Spitafields and Brick Lane may be more famous, Convent Garden’s Apple market is the only market located smack dab in central London. No need to plan a separate excursion here, you are likely to stumble across it when you’re in […]
Barclays Premier League: Everything a tourist needs to know to see a live soccer match (and bring home a souvenir kit) Football in England– A tradition with a long history Football (also called soccer in the US) is the most popular sport in the world. But even given its worldwide popularity, football still holds a […]
London’s Fortnum and Mason, a decadent department store with a 300 year old history I don’t feel the least bit frivolous browsing the biscuits, jams, candies, honey, tea and assorted sundries in the grand ground floor food hall in Fortnum and Mason’s Picadilly store. Shopping for souvenirs at Fortnum & Mason (known by locals as […]
Underwear– yes underwear (or knickers in Brit speak)– from Marks and Spencer makes a great (and inexpensive) souvenir to bring home from the UK. (more…)