No trip to London would be complete without a bit of retail therapy, am I right? Especially if you’re planning to spend time in London at Christmas. Of course, I am! I mean, I myself have been to London more than five different times and am still on the hunt for some beyond amazing things to buy in London.
Speaking of which, do you think the Queen will gift me one of her Corgis for my trip home. Because, not gonna lie, corgis are kind of sort of like the cutest thing ever!
Okay, let’s put all Corgi-induced tangents aside.
Because you’re really here for one thing, and one thing only. And that is to find some of the absolute best souvenirs from London.
And I’m just the woman for the job!
Especially since…my name is Girl with the Passport and I’m a shopaholic. That’s why I can tell you, with absolute certainty, where to find the best tea in London, the best biscuits (aka cookies for my American brethren) in London, the best chocolate in London, and more!
If you’re ready to swan dive into this post about all of the best things to buy in London, then get those umbrellas out, STAT and get ready to add some awesome locations to your 3 days in London itinerary.
Because yes, my London loving friends:
We’re about to hop on a double-decker bus, grab a scone with a side of clotted cream and jam (OBVI), and savor a cup of London’s finest tea (with our pinkies up of course) as we channel our inner Brits and discover all of the best things to buy in London (And yes, I really did just try and fit as many British stereotypes into one sentence as humanly possible).
Whether you’re traveling to London for the first time, or the twenty-fifth time, I pinkie promise that this will be a wicked awesome list of souvenirs to buy in London!
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1. Pick Up an Umbrella at James Smith and Sons
You know that stereotype about how awful the weather in London is?
Well, it definitely has more than a little basis in reality.
Which is why you should absolutely pick up an umbrella at James Smith and Sons, especially if you haven’t added one to your London packing list. already.
Because James Smith and Sons?
Yeah, they’ve been around since ye olde 1830 and specialize in the production of some of the finest umbrellas and walking sticks in all of London.
And, not gonna lie:
If you’ve been selling nothing but walking sticks and umbrellas for 150+ years, then clearly you’re doing something right.
Add in beyond charming, Victorian-era decor and a storefront that is located right near the Tottenham Court Road and Holborn tube stations, and you have the perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon in London.
Another fun little factoid for you! Most of the umbrellas produced here are actually manufactured onsite, in the workshop beneath the store.
Which is why:
A trip to this London institution is a must for anyone who wants to buy some of the best souvenirs in London!
Address: 53 New Oxford St, West End, London WC1A 1BL
How to Get There: Take the tube to either the Tottenham Court Road or Holborn tube stations and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm (Closed on Sundays and the store opens at 10:30 am on Wednesdays).
Price: A single umbrella can cost anywhere between £175.00 and £425.00.
2. Tea (and biscuits) from Fortnum and Mason
Is there anything more quintessentially British than a nice cup of tea?
And just in case you were wondering:
The correct answer to that question is no.
If you’re in the market for a nice cuppa to bring home with you, or if you want to enjoy high tea in their beyond decadent tea room, then look no further than Fortnum and Mason, a beyond posh, quaint AF, department store in central London.
Located just a hop, skip, and jump away from Piccadilly Circus:
Fortnum and Mason really does look like something straight out of a fairytale and was first opened, in 1707, as a humble little food stall.
This fine purveyor of British teas has become a living, breathing history museum, where you can stop and see an exquisite, in house clock toll to life every 15-minutes (Trust me, you won’t want to miss this intricate display).
It should come as no surprise to anyone that this iconic store has quickly become one of the most Instagrammable places in London.
So, while you’re here:
Take some time to stroll through the aisles, marvel at the whimsical decor, and delight in the wealth of distinctly British foods and beverages on display here.
Because from jams to jellies to teas to biscuits to breads, this place really does have it all.
It really is all beyond delicious, easily making this one of the most fantastic places to get some of the best London souvenirs.
And if you have no idea where to start your foodie shopping spree of awesome:
Then you can always try getting a collector’s tin full of their world-renowned biscuits or a decadent assortment of their finest teas (PSST: If you can’t go all the way to London to try some of their amazing teas, then you can always order some of their Royal and Breakfast blend teas from Amazon instead. Because yes my friends. This really is what the modern miracle of online shopping has become).
FYI, you are not allowed to leave this store without first tasting some of their freshly baked, pistachio and clotted cream cookies.
Because while all of the carborific (Yup, I really did just make that word up) delights served here are awesome, these biscuits really are something extra special and can easily be purchased with a reusable tin, to create a fantastic, long-lasting, London souvenir.
***Whittard and Twinngs also sell amazing teas, as well as hot chocolate too. And if you love biscuits almost as much as you love breathing, then you need to stop by Ben’s Cookies. Because not only are the cookies here made fresh daily, but they can also be neatly packed inside a nice to-go-box and come in a variety of delicious flavors like double chocolate with nuts or matcha and white chocolate. Another one of the best things to buy in London, at least for all my fellow cookie addicts out there, are some personalized, hand-iced biscuits from Biscuiteers in Notting Hill. Because not only is the exterior of this store Instagrammable AF, but the cookies here are divine, made to order, and can be adorned with any customizable quote that you like. See, cookie-related dreams really can come true. And, if you want to recreate some of their cookie magic at home, then check out their Biscuiteers Book of Iced Gifts now!***
Address: 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1A 1ER
How to Get There: Take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Price: A package of tea will cost you around £13.00.
3. Get Something Vintage at Notting Hill’s Famed Portobello Road Market
I sincerely doubt that you actually need a reason to visit the pastel-hued homes and quaint mews streets that make up the beyond charming, London neighborhood of Notting Hill.
But, if you do, then I’ve got just three words for you. Portabello Road Market.
Because while kitschy Union Jack emblazoned rubber ducks and Tower of London magnets are okay, sometimes, you just really need a one of a kind London souvenir.
And that’s where Portabello Road Market comes in.
Just step inside any one of the specialist shops, charming boutiques, and quaint little antique stores that line this area and you’ll quickly discover more things to buy in London than you can actually fit inside your suitcase.
Because you name it, and this place has it.
So, don’t be surprised to find antique glassware, crystal, books, furniture, and clothing around every turn; most of which can date back to any time between the 1500s and the 1960s.
Do be prepared to share this part of Notting Hill with hordes of other eager shoppers since Portobello Market isn’t exactly a hidden gem.
Stop by on a busy Saturday and you can fully expect to find masses of people here, who all had the same beyond brilliant idea as you.
Which is why it’s best to visit as early as possible like around 8:30 am so that you enjoy the half a mile of stalls here amidst relative peace and calm.
And along the way:
Also be on the lookout for uber-fun, beyond bizarre, neighborhood street performers who help give this place a more jovial atmosphere.
***Other vintage markets that you might want to check out include Ladbroke Grove Market for vintage clothes (Stop by on a Friday when it’s least crowded), Camden Market for something a bit unusual, Old Spitalfields Market for items that feel a bit Hipster chic (it’s loctaed in Shoreditch and is a covered market that is a great place to explore on a rainy day), and Greenwich Market, which is probbaly the least crowded of them all.***
Address: 306 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TA
How to Get There: Take the tube to Notting Hill station and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Friday/Saturday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (closed Sundays).
Price: It varies depending on the quality of the antiques that you buy.
4. Anything from Ben’s House
Ben’s House is the perfect stop for anyone who is looking for some of the best things to buy in London since well, Ben’s only sells things that have been manufactured, brewed, cured, or, on the whole, made in London.
And the quality of the goods here?
Well, they’re next-level awesome. So any of the beer, wine, cheese, and meats that you purchase here are guaranteed to be of the highest quality and represent only the finest of foods that London has to offer.
After four wonderful years of business, Ben’s House was permanently closed.
WOMP, WOMP, WOMP.
However, fear not my faithful followers! Because Ben’s is set to reopen one day soon (at least that’s what their website tells me). And when that happy day comes, I’ll be sure to fill you in on all the juicy details.
5. Monmouth Coffee
Some say, coffee addict, I say coffee enthusiast.
Which is why I cannot in good conscience create this list of the best souvenirs in London without mentioning Monmouth Coffee.
Because believe it or not:
Monmouth Coffee has been serving up wicked awesome cups of coffee since 1978,
And that makes a whole lot more sense when you realize that this coffee company sources and roasts only the finest coffee that growers have to offer, from single farms, estates, and cooperatives all across the globe.
They know where their coffee comes from and they know that it’s good.
All of their coffee is actually roasted in London itself, using Loring California roasters that combine the very best in air roasting technology and energy-efficient design.
As a result:
You’ll regularly see a line around the block as devoted patrons impatiently wait for a cup of the sweet, caffeinated goodness that lies within.
Most Londoners consider Monmouth to be the home of some of the best coffee in London, with additional store locations now in The Borough and Bermondsey.
Whether you want to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in one of their picturesque cafes or want to order a bag of coffee to go, no London shopping spree would be complete without a stop at this iconic producer of all things coffee.
Address: 27 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9EU
How to Get There: Take the tube to Covent Garden station and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Sundays).
Price: A small bag of either ground or whole bean coffee will cost you around £6.75
6. Artisanal Gin!
Believe it or not:
London, the SOHO area specifically, is known for producing some of the world’s finest, artisanal gins.
And while I personally won’t be, “sippin’ on gin and juice, laid back..” any time soon:
Don’t let me prevent you from getting your drinky drank while you’re in London.
Or better yet:
You could always just bring some of London’s alcohol goodness home with you!
Because in case you didn’t know:
Jensen’s Old Tom, Sacred Pink Grapefruit, Little Bird London Dry Gin and ELLC Barrel Aged are all some of the best brands of Gin in the city, or so my friends tell me.
Per usual, before you attempt to bring any alcohol home with you, always double-check with your country of residence and make sure that you can a) bring gin home with you and b) verify how much alcohol you can legally import.
Don’t forget to carefully wrap any gin that you stow away in your luggage since you really don’t wanna be THAT GUY who has a gin-soaked suitcase waiting for them at baggage claim.
Talk about a total travel fail.
And while I know that buying gin at the airport would be infinitely easier, the truth is that you never really know if you’ll be able to find good, local gins there and if the price would be somewhat reasonable.
So, moral of the story?
Add some local gins to your extensive list of things to buy in London and get ready to become everyone’s new best friend.
7. Chocolates from Paul A Young Chocolates
If you don’t like chocolate, then I seriously don’t think we could be friends.
Actually, scratch that.
Because if you don’t like inhaling this sweet confectionary delight, then that is 100%, a-okay with me since I’ll be only too happy to eat all of your chocolate for you.
Yes, my friends, it is a sacrifice that I’m willing to make. Now:
While most visitors to London will actually beeline it on over to M&M’s World to satisfy their need for all things chocolate (I can’t totally blame them since this is the only M&M’s World in Europe), I personally recommend going against the grain and heading to Paul A Young’s artisanal chocolate store instead.
I mean, let’s be real here.
Why on Earth would you buy chocolate that you could, quite literally, get in any convenience store on the planet, when you could enjoy handcrafted, cacao laden goodness that is expertly produced by a groundbreaking, totally inspirational, British chocolatier like Paul A Young instead?
Okay, phew. Glad we agree. Plus:
With successful shops in both SOHO and Islington, you know this guy is the real deal, especially since he was named the Outstanding British Chocolatier of the year by the International Chocolate Awards, in 2014.
But, enough about all of Paul’s beyond amazing accomplishments.
Because you want to know about one thing, and one thing only. And that is, “Which type of chocolate should you get while you’re here?”
Part of the answer obviously depends on your personal preference for either milk, dark, or white chocolate (If you’re not sure what to get, always ask a staff member since their recommendations are usually super helpful).
Some of my personal favorites include the Sea Salted Caramel (my absolute favorite), the PB&J, the Honey and Rose Caramel, the Yorkshire tea and Biscuit (Seriously, could you get any more British), the Banoffee Pie (A traditional British dessert with banana), Hot Cross Bun, and more.
Before you visit though:
Do remember that because Paul is an artisanal Chocolatier who uses only seasonally available ingredients to hand-make his unique flavor combinations, that not all of the flavors mentioned above may be available when you stop by.
Something that is a distinct non-issue since all of the truffles sold here are beyond delicious and totally additive/preservative-free.
***Other notable confectionary delights that you might want to stock up on while in London include Maltesers (They’re basically like balls of malted milk chocolate and taste like the Whoppers that I used to eat back in the day), McVitie’s (Digestive biscuits with milk chocolate on the bottom), and Cadbury (a British chocolate company known for their milk chocolate and cream eggs) with its distinctive, purple, Willy Wonka style packaging. FYI, all of these brands can and should be bought in the grocery store since this is where you’ll find the most reasonable prices. And if you’re one of my distinctly American brethren, then click on any of the links above to purchase these products on Amazon.***
Address: 143 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8WA
How to Get There: Take the tube to either Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus station and walk to the shop from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Sunday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Price: You’ll pay about £14 for 8 truffles (PSST: They also serve delicious brownies too).
8. Visit the Shop at the Houses of Parliament
There are about 10,000 different, London inspired notebooks that you can easily procure for yourself on Amazon (See the notebook pictured above).
There is nothing quite like visiting the House of Parliament for yourself and acquiring a totally authentic, London souvenir that has the proverbial, UK government seal of approval.
If you should happen to find yourself in the Houses of Parliament during your trip to London, then definitely swing by the associated shop and peruse through some of the uber-cool merchandise there.
Because even though this House of Lords Notebook just happens to be my fave (I love the chic feel of the red binding with the gold lettering and applique), some of the other, very best souvenirs from London are also on sale here, including everything from books to jjewelryto clothing to mugs.
They even have a hip flask for you to buy. You know, just in case the gloomy London weather really gets you down.
No judgment here, Because when in London, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, hip flask and all.
***If you’re really into stationary, then you can also stop by Paperchase, a popular London stationery store with outposts inside of many local tube stations. Trust me, you’ll find lots of cute things here and might even be able to snag a deal or two while looking for some of the best souvenirs from London. Another great place to shop for cool London stationery is the London Graphis Centre in Covent Garden (FYI, this store is temporarily closed). Because just a quick trip through this store will reveal more pens, notebooks, and markers then you’ll know what to do with. However, my personal fave has to be Present & Correct, which is known for its charming, totally photogenic, Mod-style stationery. So yeah, if you can only visit one stationary store in London, let it be Present & Correct.***
Address: 12 Bridge St, Westminster, London SW1A 2JX
How to Get There: Take the tube to Westminster station and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (closed Sundays).
Price: You’ll pay about £8.95 for the notebook that I linked to above.
9. Maldon Sea Salt
Before you immediately leave this webpage and discount all of my mildly sage travel advice as total BS, since I had the audacity to put salt on a list of things to buy in London, hear me out.
Because I promise, Maldon Sea Salt isn’t just your ordinary table salt. I mean:
No less than Cameron Diaz herself swears by this stuff and even carries some around with her, no matter where she goes.
So yeah, clearly Maldon Sea Salt is the shiz. Plus:
This beyond awesome brand of salt is still produced in the exact same way that it was in 1882, when the company first started selling salt from the seaside town of, you guessed it, Maldon (in Essex).
Sample some for yourself and you’ll quickly see triangular flakes of salt, not grains, that taste a smidge less bitter than traditional table salt, making this the perfect addition to any dish that you create.
And while Maldon’s is available for purchase in a multitude of different stores:
I’d highly recommend getting some in either Tesco’s or Sainsbury’s since both supermarkets sell this brand of salt, in its traditional packaging, at a price of around £2.00 for 250 grams of salt.
Definitely one of the more economical ways to bring a bit of London home with you.
10. Lock & Co. Hat
Umm, who doesn’t want to look fly AF after their trip to London?
I know I do!
So, why not snazz up your slightly mundane, daily wardrobe with a sophisticated accent piece from Lock & Co?
Come on I know you want to.
Especially since this iconic, London luxury hat shop was first started all the way back in 1676, making it THE oldest hat shop in the entire world.
No less than Lord Nelson himself actually bought a signature hat here, as did Oscar Wilde (he bought a fedora), Winston Churchill, and Charlie Chaplin, among others.
Lock & Co. was also the creative genius behind the creation of the very first, “The Coke” (aka Bowler) hat in 1849.
Throw in a royal warrant for added flair and you really can’t find a more legit hat shop than this.
And if you combine all this history with a fantastic assortment of traditional and contemporary hats that sre styled for both men and women, then you have a place where you really can get your shopping swerve on while hunting for some of the best souvenirs from London.
Because in all honesty:
This place is more than just a hat shop. It’s an institution and is known the world over for its centuries-honed craftsmanship, innovative aesthetics, top-notch fabrics, and functional designs,
Before you shop from either their women’s ready-to-wear range or their classic/exclusive designs for men, do make sure that your wallet overfloweth with hundred dollar bills because a hat here can cost you upwards of £600.
A rather large price to pay for Instagram fame and glory, if I do say so myself (And I do).
If you’re a die-hard hat aficionado, then I absolutely forbid you from leaving London without first stopping at Lock & Co.
Address: 6 St James’s St, St. James’s, London SW1A 1EF
How to Get There: Take the tube to Green Park station and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Closed Sundays).
Price: Custom made hats here can cost anywhere between £195 and £1500.
11. Wine Gums
I know what you’re thinking.
And I too thought exactly the same thing before I visited London.
Because, in all honesty:
I just kept saying to myself over and over again, “What the hell are wine gums?”
I had never even heard of them, let alone eaten them, before my first trip to London.
But wine gums?
Yeah, they’re a kind of sort of a way of life in London, And something that you should 100% add to your list of things to buy in London (You can also order them from Amazon right now if you’re stuck at home).
Just in case you’re not in the know and have no idea what they are, wine gums are actually chewy, slightly firm, pastille-type sweets that taste quite similar to gumdrops, only without the extra, sugar coating.
Wine gums also come in five distinct shapes – kidney, crown, rhombus, circle, and oblong – and derive their distinct name from the fact that they were routinely named famous wines like port, sherry, and so on.
These popular British candies contain no traces of alcohol and make the perfect gift for anyone in your life who, like me, is totally addicted to sugar.
If you want to try some for yourself while in jolly old England, then you can easily, and cheaply, buy Maynards, Bassett’s and Lion brand wine gums from any local supermarket.
12. Send Yourself a London Postcard!
Broke like a joke but still want to buy yourself one of the best souvenirs from London?
Then why not send yourself a London postcard?
I mean, is it as awesome as a £600 couture hat? No. But it is one of the easiest and cheapest souvenirs that you can buy.
Postcards are really easy to save and never come with the added stress of figuring out how to fit it inside your already overflowing suitcase (Umm, Jenga much?).
And if you want:
You can even write down an extra special memory on it so that you won’t soon forget your magical time in London.
If there’s one thing that I love almost as much as sugar, it’s cheese.
And the United Kingdom?
Yeah, they produce some of the best cheese in the entire world!
Unless you’re a hardcore vegan (no judgment if you are), then you should devote ample time to sampling some of the diverse arrays of artisanal cheeses that can be found throughout London.
Immortal, British classics like Stilton cheese, which is a type of British cheese that comes in two distinct flavors, Blue, which has had Penicillium roqueforti added to the cheese to create a distinct flavor, and White, which has not.
This cheese is also a protected designation of origin cheese and, as such, must be hand ladled into presses and can only be produced in areas like Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Nottinghamshire (TBH, I actually prefer Stichelton Cheese to Stilton Cheese. I mean, it’s basically the same exact cheese except that the milk used to make Stichelton Cheese is unpasteurized and thereby creamier and tangier and totally delish.).
If you love the strong flavor of a traditional blue cheese, then you’ll adore the boldness of the Blue Stilton.
If you’re looking for a milder cheese that has a slightly sweet flavor, then the White is where it’s at. Because this cheese makes a perfect dessert cheese and can easily be paired with fruit, chocolate, etc.
The other, beyond delicious type of cheese that the UK is known for, is none other than Cheddar.
Because yes dear reader, cheddar really is better.
However, you will find that the British version is slightly creamier than it’s American cousin since it’s not typically aged for quite as long.
Brtish Cheddar has a strong, savory flavor that makes it perfect to eat all on its own, or with some crackers as a nice palette cleanser in between cheeses.
While you absolutely can get a nice cheddar from any local London supermarket, like any of the cheeses from Cheddar Gorge Cheese Co., my personal fave is Keen’s Cheddar.
It too is a Protected Designation of Origin cheese that is handmade in the Western part of the country.
Just think of it as a less sweet, slightly tangier version of modern cheddar varieties, with an almost robust farmyard flavor about it (I mean that in a yummy, super non-gross kind of way).
If you want to procure this delightfully British brand of cheese for yourself, among others, then visit the one and only, Paxton & Whitfield.
Because this shop is known for being one of the oldest cheesemongers in London and has been in business since the 18th century.
Paxton & Whitfield was even appointed as the official cheesemonger to the HM Queen Victoria, in 1850 (Just the first of many Royal Warrants).
No less than Winston Churchill himself proudly proclaimed that “a gentleman only buys his cheese at Paxton & Whitfield.”
If you’re going to buy cheese in London, then let it be from Paxton &Whitfield.
***Always sample a cheese first and make sure that it’s something you might actually want to buy. Also, double-check with customs and make sure that you can actually bring cheese home with you before you go out and impulse buy a fifty-pound wheel of cheese.***
Address: 93 Jermyn St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6JE
How to Get There: Take the tube to Piccadilly Circus and walk to the shop from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Price: You can get their awesome, “British Essentials” Cheese Box for £35, which features a trio of Westcombe Cheddar, Red Leicester, and Cote Hill Blue.
14. Anything Harry Potter Related
As a Harry Potter fan of the most devote kind:
I’ll be the first one to admit that any list of the best souvenirs from London would be incomplete it did not include at least one, Harry Potter related item.
Now obviously, you’d actually have to like Harry Potter to purchase any of the associated memorabilia, but I’m sure you knew that already.
You name the souvenir and they probably sell it somewhere in London, with a bright and shiny Harry Potter logo on it.
Because from books to wands to stuffed animals to posters to notebooks to candy to mugs, you really can find anything your little Muggle heart desires, right here in London.
And while some of these Harry Potter specialty stores are amazing (cough, House of Spells, cough), others are overpriced tourist traps that offer you expensive AF, run of the mill souvenirs.
Places to avoid when buying Harry Potter souvenirs in London are The Harry Potter Studio Tour (loved the tour but thought the gift shop was quite expensive and pretty standard when it comes to Harry Potter gear) and Platform 9 and 3/4 (Taking professional photos here is super expensive and is something that you can do as part of the Studio Tour. Also, to get here, you’ll need to go to King’s Cross Train Station, and not the tube station).
In contrast, some of my absolute fave Harry Potter themed stores in London include:
- The House of Mina Lima – Located right in the heart of SOHO, this Harry Potter merchandise store is owned and operated by two former graphic designers for the Harry Potter films. Therefore, any of the items that you find here are truly one of a kind, with limited edition prints being some of their best sellers. If you can though, do stop by on Monday or Tuesday, when you can join them for a Harry Potter-inspired tour of London.
- Hardy’s – An old-fashioned candy store that sells many of the confectionary delights that were featured in the films. So, if you want Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Jelly Slugs, and Chocolate Frogs to take home with you, then this is the place to go!
- Primark – A local, budget clothing store that can be found throughout much of the UK. However, the location right across the street from Tottenham Court Road tube station features a reasonably priced, Harry Potter clothing section that sits near the back and to the right, on the first floor. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see an assortment of white owls hanging from the ceiling.
- The House of Spells – This place is basically every fantasy lovers’ dream come true. Because once you walk inside, you’ll find a beyond spacious first floor that is brimming over with all things Harry Potter (Think clothing, wands, mugs, notebooks, posters, and books aplenty). However, the smaller, second floor also has an array of items from other, fantasy-related franchises like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, etc.
*** If you love Harry Potter almost as much as I do, then check out this article all about 24 of the most amazing Harry Potter things to do in London.***
15. Union Jack Inspired London Souvenirs for the WIN!
Sometimes when you’re looking for the best souvenirs from London, you’ve got to throw caution to the wind, be basic AF, and get all the Union Jack inspired gear that you can find.
Things that are totally essential to your survival like rubber ducks, socks, mugs, hats, shirts, blankets, and underwear, all of which are adorned with that distinctly British, red, white, and blue pattern that we all know and love.
Because let’s be honest:
There really is nothing quite as overtly British as the Union Jack.
And because you’re not the only one out there with a slight fetish for all things Union Jack, you’ll find this instantly recognizable symbol just about everywhere you go.
Because long has the Union Jack been an iconic symbol of British power, wealth, and national pride.
Which is why you’ll easily find kitschy, Union Jack emblazoned items on just about every street corner.
Be at one with the Union Jack awesomeness and add some to your list of things to buy in London.
If nothing else, such overtly British objects can make a good conversation started when the atmosphere at a dinner party begins to feel more than a little awkward.
Not that I have a place, or the inclination, to host a dinner party, but you know what I mean.
Sometimes the best London souvenirs really are the most bizarre (Union Jack flask gift set anyone?).
***Other over the top, slightly generic, overtly British souvenirs that you can buy include anything with Big Ben on it, souvenirs that say, “Mind the Gap” (You’ll hear this iconic phrase whenever the doors of a train open up at a tube station), replicas of the Tower of London (or keychains or magents), anything with the London Eye plastered all over it, merchandise from any one of London’s amazing museums (Think The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert, The National History Museum, etc.), and more.***
16. Teacups, Teapots, and Mugs…Oh My!
Since you just bought copious amounts of tea from Fortnum & Mason:
Then you obviously need something to drink all that warm, liquidy, goodness from.
Which is why a distinctly British teacup, teapot, or mug should definitely be at the top of your ever-growing list of things to buy in London.
Before you go crazy and purchase all of the ceramic ware that you can possibly carry, do remember that all of these items are incredibly fragile and heavy.
Unless you want to pay hundreds of dollars in excess baggage fees, or yearn to arrive home with a suitcase full of broken mugs, be very selective about the mugs and teapots that you bring home with you.
Although you can buy a buffet of different teacups, teapots, and mugs in just about any London souvenir shop that you can find, I personally prefer something a bit more unique; maybe even something hand-painted that I just can’t find anywhere else.
I personally recommend splurging on some of the exquisite, teaware that you’ll find at Fortnumdo & Mason.
Because not only do their Ranelagh themed ceramics come in a variety of different colors, with a super cute, floral pattern that has an English garden party vibe about it, but this distinctly British design is also available on any kind of ceramic item that you could think of, including teacups, saucers, mugs, two-tier cake stands, plates, teapots, and more.
Even though their teaware here may feel a bit pricey, with pastel-hued mugs starting at £18.00 apiece, the quality, and design of their products more than justify the added expense.
***In a pinch, you can always stop by Starbucks and grab a mug there since they usually have a decent selection of mugs that represent the city you’re visiting.***
17. Get a Vintage Shadow Box from Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
More than just a toy shop:
Benjamin Pollock’s is a living piece of history that was first started in 1856.
Originally based in Hoxton:
This shop first specialized in the creation of intricate little paper theaters that were a ‘penny plain and twopence coloured’.
And although Benjamin Pollock’s has since moved to Covent Garden:
The shop remains, over one hundred and fifty years later, as one of the last toy stores in London’s immortal, West End,
Pollock’s continues to pay homage to its historic past by retaining the store’s name, the shop’s original aesthetic, and through the production of a range of theaters, and paper models, that are designed by contemporary artists.
You won’t find any ultra-modern toys for sale here.
You’ll take a whimsical walk through the past as you marvel at the multitude of vintage shadow boxes that are on display here.
Because even though they are quite the challenge to put together:
These historic, 3-D paper cut-outs, that represent different scenes from iconic books like Alice and Wonderland, will quickly become a treasured keepsake of yours that you can use to fondly look back on your time in London.
If you’re looking for something other than a shadow box, then you’ll be delighted to know that Benjamin Pollock’s also sells original/reproduction toy theaters from around the world, as well as books, puppets, music boxes, and various other traditional, handcrafted toys.
It is beyond essential that you stop by and pick up a Peter Pan Micro Puzzle for the men in your life, a Frostiana Shadow Box for the women in your life, and a beautiful, Gift Box E for any children in your life.
Because I pinkie promise:
They will be beyond grateful for this truly amazing, one-of-a-kind gift.
It’s easy to carry and relatively inexpensive to buy!
***Another one of the best sourvenirs from London for children is anything from the Paddington Bear Shop at London’t Paddington Station. Because as we all know, the beloved tales of Paddington Bear were first published in the UK and actually take place in London, making any of the t-shirts, videos, keychains, mugs, and books that you find here truly special gifts indeed. Plus, this is the only store in the world that is dedicated exclusively to all things Paddington, which is why any visit here truly is one of a kind. However, if all the aforementioned shopping has made your wallet feel more than a little light, then head on over the Platform One and snag a selfie with the bronze, Paddington Bear station that permenently sits under the clock here. Fantastically enough, you’ll actually see Paddington in the exact same spot where the Brown family first meets him in the intital book.***
Address: 44 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF
How to Get There: Take the tube to Covent Garden station and walk from there.
Hours: Open Monday through Wednesday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Price: Shadow Boxes start at just £10.00
18. A Fragrance from Penhaligons Perfumes
First started in London, by a Cornish Barber, in 1870:
Penhaligon’s British perfume house has long since become an integral part of today’s modern perfume industry.
Through the development of innovative fragrances, that derive inspiration from delightfully unexpected places, Penhaligon’s has become known, the world over, for its elegant line of high-quality perfumes, all of which are stored inside their wonderfully unique perfume bottles.
As a result:
Stores can now be found all across the UK, and the world, as customers clamor for a range of high-end, perfume services like bottle engraving, complimentary gift boxes, personalized scents, and more.
That being said, there’s really nothing quite like a visit to a Penhaligon’s store in London, where Mr. William Penhaligon opened up his very first shop (right next to Jermyn Street’s finest tailors), received a royal warrant, and even trimmed the beard of no less than the Shah of Persia himself.
If you too want to feel more than a little royal, then add a bottle of “The Tragedy of Lord George (for men)” and “Iris Prim Eau de Parfum Spray (for women)”, to your list of the best souvenirs from London.
Address: 13 The Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RB
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Covent Garden station and walk from there.
Price: Individual bottles of perfume start at £110.00 or at $110 when you get your bottle on Amazon right now!
***Another famous (and much cheaper) perfume house that you can visit while in London is Jo Malone’s on Regent Street. Walk inside and you’ll quickly discover an array of exclusive, slightly earthy, luxury fragrances for you to choose from. While here, you can also personalize your own scent or purchase a candle with an embossed message on it. And if you have no idea what to get, then try some of my personal favorites, which include Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Spray Cologne for women and Jo Malone English Oak and Hazelnut Cologne for Men.***
19. Anything from Cath Kidston
Want to Londonify (Yes, I really did just make up that word, so let’s go with it) everything about your home, wardrobe, and entire life?
If you’re emphatically nodding your head “yes”, then Cath Kidston is the brand for you.
Because this popular, British, lifestyle brand is known for its fun and vivacious prints; playful designs that help brighten up even the darkest of days.
Whether you’re looking for a polka dot, A-line dress (vintage chic at its finest), floral bedding, a unicorn backpack, sweet-smelling hand lotion, or a brand new wallet (Not gonna lie, I am hardcore obsessed with this Cath Kidston, folded zip. winter rose wallet), Cath Kidston has something that will match your personal style.
All of the items sold here are incredibly affordable, with a set of three hand lotions costing just £7.50.
The only real problem that you’ll have here is taming the shopaholic within as you fight the urge to impulse buy basically everything in the store.
***If you’re really into fashion, then you should also stop by Liberty of London and pick up some of their chic, vibrant, fashion-forward fabric. Because this store? Yeah, it’s a bit of a London institution and has been selling an assortment of luxury fabrics, beauty products, home decor items, and women’s clothes since 1875. So, see for yourself why this store has an unmatched reputation for vibrant, high-quality, fabrics and goods.***
Address: 251 Tottenham Court Rd, Bloomsbury, London W1T 7RB
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm and on Sundays from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Tottenham Court Road Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Mugs here can cost as little as £8.00.
20. A Sherlock Holmes Pub Sign
No list of things to buy in London would be complete without at least one item that is related to the man, the myth, the legend, Sherlock Holmes.
Because if you walk anywhere along London’s immortal Baker Street:
You’ll quickly see references to Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictionalized, crime-fighting hero, in the form a Sherlock Holmes Statue and a quirky little museum which is, of course, located at 221 B Baker street.
Because even more Sherlock Holmes awesomeness awaits you, in the form of a Sherlock Holmes themed pub, that sits at 10 Northumberland Street.
Aptly named “The Sherlock Holmes”:
This full-service pub sells an assortment of ales and beers (like the Sherlock House Ale and the Watson’s Golden Ale), as well as a variety of different pub inspired foods like sausage rolls, scotch eggs, Sunday roasts, burgers, and more.
The real magic of this place lies on the second floor, where you’ll find a full-scale replica of Sherlock Holmes’ study, which currently sits inside the aforementioned museum.
Feel free to explore the space for yourself and admire the different props and artwork that are on display here, all fo which were used in various film and stage adaptations of the story. Some highlights include Holmes’ famous pipe, violin, and wealth of scientific equipment.
And while you, sadly, can’t bring the entire pub home with you:
You can head on over to the Sherlock Holmes Museum gift shop and purchase a miniature replica of the Sherlock Holmes Pub sign that hangs over the London pub of the same name.
If pub signs really aren’t your jam, then you can also buy an assortment of other, Sherlock Holmes inspired memorabilia too, like magnets, keychains, notebooks, and more.
Just another of those magical spots where you can find some of the best souvenirs from London.
Address: 221b Baker Street, London
Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Baker Street Station and walk to the gift shop from there.
21. Beatles Memorabilia
Beatles enthusiasts of the world, unite!
Because you can’t possibly talk about all of the amazing things to buy from London without mentioning THE original boy band.
And although technically speaking:
The Beatles weren’t actually from London but were from the English city of Liverpool instead.
It hardly makes a difference since not only was Beatlemania a worldwide phenomenon but one of their most famous album covers was actually shot along London’s Abbey Road, right near St. John’s Wood.
If you too want to satisfy the not-so-quiet Beatle maniac from within, then head on over to the London Beatles Store, where you can find everything from original tour programs to t-shirts to bags to figurines to original recordings.
Because if you’re searching for a London souvenir that has something to do with the Beatles then this store probably has it.
There are other places where you can find wicked awesome Beatles swag too, like the aptly named Abbey Road Store, which has a wonderful selection of vinyl, stationery, scarves, t-shirts, and more.
Go forth, shop, be happy, and satisfy your eternal lust for all things Beatle related.
Address: 231-233 Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Baker Street Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: A t-shirt here will cost you £22.00.
22. A Commemorative Pill Box (Or Any Other London Souvenirs Related to the Royal Family)
Even if you know very little about the United Kingdom:
I’m sure you’re keenly aware of the fact that this country has a royal family and that their permanent residence is none other than London’s very own, Buckingham Palace.
However, if you still have no clue what I’m rambling on about:
Well then, just watch an episode of Netflix’s The Crown and get back to me later.
Because believe it or not:
The Royal family is actually a pretty big deal all across the world. Therefore, any royal-inspired gifts that you buy would make for some of the best souvenirs from London.
But, “Where do you find all things royal’, you may rightly wonder?
Well luckily for you, souvenirs related to the Queen, and the larger royal family as a whole (Read, items designed to commemorate the Royal Babies, William/Kate, and Harry/Meghan), are not all that difficult to find.
Because The Royals, like most of us, have embraced that world-wide, economic system of Capitalism.
As a result:
The family now has a set of retail stores, AKA The Royal Collection Shop, that sell a wide variety of Royal inspired merchandise.
Walk inside and you’ll quickly see an array of beautiful items like replicas of The Crown Jewels, a Queen Victoria Tea Set, Pearl Flower Std Earrings, plush Corgi dolls, English Rose and Violet Creams, White Chocolate and Raspberry Biscuit Tubes, etc.
One Royak-inspired, London souvenir that I absolutely adore are their limited edition pillboxes, like the Rockingham edition here.
Not only are they made in Stoke-on-Trent by hand, using traditional methods that have remained largely unchanged for over 250 years, but they are created with English fine bone china and are finished by hand using 22-carat gold.
These commemorative pillboxes are known across the globe for their delicacy, refined beauty, and incredible durability.
Address: 7 Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London SW1W
Hours: Open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Victoria tube station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Commemorative Pill Boxes start at £95.00 each.
23. Craft Beer and Pub Coasters
Looking to get your drinky drank on with a beyond adorable, British Corgi in tow?
If so then London will not disappoint since it is home to a wealth of independent breweries that produce some of the finest craft beers in all of Europe.
And while craft beer might not be an ideal London souvenir for anyone with limited luggage space, definitely try and stock up on a few bottles if you can.
To really enjoy all of the best craft beer that the city has to offer, just mosey on over to iconic, local breweries like Gipsy Hill, Southey, Beaver Town, and Camden.
And if you happen to be feeling extra thirsty:
Then you can always embark on London’s very own, Bermondsey Beer Mile, which is now an almost two-mile stretch of brewery bars and bottle shops that will happily welcome you inside on any Saturday afternoon of your choosing.
To embark on this not-so-mini-pub crawl for yourself, begin your day at Maltby Street Market (for a pre-pub crawl breakfast) and continue onwards, down the road, to Southwark Brewing, The Barrel Project, Hawkes Cider, Hiver/All Good Beer, Anspach & Hobday, Moor Beer, London Calling Sweden, Cloudwater, Brew by Numbers, Bianca Road, Old Jamaica Business Estate (where you can stop for some more food), The Kernel, Affinity, Spartan, EeBria, Partizan, and Fourpure.
Along the way:
Don’t forget to pick up some bottles of beer, as well as some pub coasters, which make a fantastic, totally unique, inexpensive, London souvenir.
You can find more expensive versions at local department stores like Harrod’s, but why pay top dollar for a coaster when you can easily get one with any beer that you order?
Just be polite about it and ask your waiter if you can keep your coaster once you’ve finished your beer.
If it’s a disposable paper coaster, the bar probably won’t mind if you keep it since they’re just going to throw it out anyway.
But hey, you never know. Which is why it’s always important to ask first!
24. Pick up Some Bulbs or Seeds from Columbia Road Flower Market
If you or someone you know has an extra green thumb:
Then seeds, and or flower bulbs, from Columbia Road Flower Market might just make the perfect London souvenir!
I personally have a black thumb of death so i’ll take a hard pass on the seeds and bulbs.
Some people out there are beyond wonderful gardeners and would love to take a living piece of London home with them.
Per usual though:
Always check with your country of origin first and see if you’re actually allowed to bring these types of souvenirs home with you.
Even if you’re not, or are just not super into gardening like me, I’d still suggest visiting this fantastic, Sunday market.
Because not only has this market been in the Bethnal Green area since the 1800s:
But all of the exquisite flowers that you see here are actually nestled along row upon row of charming, Victorian-style shops, making this an incredibly picturesque place to take a walk on a beautiful, Sunday morning.
A trip to Columbia Road Flower Market really is one of the more unusual things to do in London and a must-see for anyone who wants to visit London’s famed, Shoreditch neighborhood.
Address: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
Hours: Open on Sundays only from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. And since this is a very popular London market, the earlier you get there, the better since you’ll have a larger selection of flowers to choose from.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Bethnal Green Station and walk to the market from there.
25. Anything from Harrods
If you’ve only heard of one department store in London, then it’s probably Harrods.
And while a visit to Harrods should be part of any London itinerary:
Do be careful when shopping here for the best souvenirs from London since, well, Harrods is known for being more than a little expensive.
If you’re not paying careful attention, you could easily rack up an enormous bill that is equivalent to the national debt of a small, developing country.
The store itself is also huge AF and incredibly easy to get lost in.
That’s a story for another post since I got lost trying to find their famed Egyptian Room (Yes, it really is just as amazing as everyone says).
Anyway, swiftly moving on.
So, if you are one of those lucky people who do have ample supplies of money at their disposable, then you always enjoy high tea at the Harrods Tea Room, try some delicious British delicacies in the food court, buy some of their fantastic English Breakfast Tea, get a pastel pink Harrods mug, purchase some of their divine Selamlique Mastic Turkish Coffee, or totally splurge and get one of their chic, luxury handbags (They literally have every brand and style imaginable, so go crazy. And if you’re on a budget, you can still find some pretty good deals in their sale section).
Even if you don’t have a secret trust fund to call your own, you can still add a one of a kind, Harrods Christmas ornament to your list of things to buy from London.
Just head over to their enormous AF, Christmas decor section and choose from the seemingly neverending selection of ornaments that lay before you.
Because I don’t know about you:
But I personally love buying Christmas ornaments from every single city that I visit.
When I put up my Christmas tree, I can look back fondly on all of those beautiful memories that I have from my travels.
Address: 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Knightsbridge Station and walk to the store from there.
Price: Christmas Ornaments, when on sale, can cost as little as £8.00 each.
26. An Oyster Card
I find this suggestion to be incredibly lame since, well, you basically need an oyster card to board any form of public transportation in London.
Especially since riding the tube with an oyster card is infinitely cheaper than purchasing a wad of single-ride tickets.
Because in all seriousness:
An Oyster Card really is nothing more than a blue, contactless card that you can store money on, to use London’s public transportation system,
A standard Oyster card will cost you £5 and can then be pre-loaded (you can also pay as you go) with amounts of £10, £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40, and £50.
Nothing overly fancy here.
I guess it could make an easy to store, cheap, London souvenir if you’re broke like a joke and can’t really afford anything else.
27. A Football Scarf (And I’m not referring to American Football)
Spend even five-minutes in London and you’ll quickly realize just how obsessed with football (AKA soccer) locals really are.
Because in the UK:
Football is more than just a pastime, it’s a way of life.
And while I personally don’t give a fig about the sport, and am really only familiar with one team, many locals, and non-locals alike, take the game so seriously that they’ll actually end friendships over it.
If the above scenario sounds all too familiar and reminds you of your personal level of football devotion, then why not purchase a scarf with your favorite football team’s logo on it?
It’s not like you have to support Manchester United. I just mentioned them because they’re basically the only team that I’m familiar with.
With other popular football clubs in the area, like Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea, you could easily find merchandise affiliated with any one of these teams, in the souvenir shops along New Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus.
It will be a lot easier for you to find Arsenal and Chelsea gear since both teams are actually based in London.
28. Molton Brown Rhubard and Rose, Bath and Body Gel
Hello Molton Brown, you sweet sweet bottle of awesomeness.
Okay, in truth:
I’m not someone who is usually all that picky about the bath products that I use.
Generally speaking, I try to opt for whatever soap is the cheapest and call it a day.
There really is something quite special about Molton Brown, a luxury brand of bath and body products that was first started in 1971.
With humble beginnings in the basement of a hair salon that sat on South Molton Street:
Morton Brown quickly became synonymous with captivating, herbal formulations that were at the very definition of luxury.
Add in a focus on travel and the use of rare ingredients from across the globe:
And you’ll begin to appreciate why every single one of their products feels like 5-star luxury in a bottle.
Which makes sense since most of the uber-luxe hotels in London actually carry nothing but Molton and Brown products.
Even though their distinguished line of bath and body gels comes in a variety of different scents, my personal faves are the Rhurbard and Rose and the Orange and Bergamot Hand Lotion (PSST: This is the iconic, best selling, citrus fragrance that first catapulted this brand to international fame), both of which are refreshing and sweet, but not overpoweringly so.
Even though this is very much a luxury brand, their products are still reasonably priced, and, are, therefore, totally accessible to everyday people like me, who may or may not have a slight cash flow problem.
The bottle pictured above will only cost you no more than £17.60, which I for one think is a total steal when ti comes to luxe bath products like these.
If you find yourself in London but are not sure what bath products to add to your list of “best souvenirs from London”, then consider stopping by one of their premium, London boutiques.
If you really don’t fancy lugging their products all around London, then you can always stop by Terminal 1, 3, or 5 of Heathrow, and get some of their items there, before you fly back home.
Address: 92 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5JL
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Sunday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Victoria Station and walk from there.
Price: A 300 ml bottle of their Orange & Bergamot Fine Liquid Hand Wash will cost £20.00.
29. Pimm’s No. 1 Cup Liqueur
Pimm’s has been a veritable elixir of life for locals all across London since it was first developed by James Pimm, in 1823.
And while typically a summer drink:
This refreshing, gin-based spirit can be enjoyed at just about any time of year and contains a beautiful, but totally secret, mixture of gin, herbal botanicals, caramelized orange, and warm spices.
If you’re currently wiping the drool from your mouth and are in desperate need of a Pimm’s No. 1 Cup for yourself, then all you need to do is add one part Pimms No. 1 to three parts chilled lemonade, sprinkle in some mint, cucumber, orange, and strawberries, and, TADA, enjoy!
You could also add this gin-based liqueur to a bit of Sprite and then top it all off with some strawberries, orange, apple, cucumber, and mint,
Because yes my friends:
With your Pimm’s No. 1 Cup in hand, you are now BEYOND ready to imbibe with some of those fancy hat-wearing ladies, or gents, that you see in London.
And if you’re feeling extra classy:
You can always snazz things up a bit by adding some Prosecco or Champagne to your Pimms too!
Definitely take some Pimms home with you and attempt to impress all of your friends with your wicked awesome cocktail-making abilities.
Because I pinkie promise:
I’ll never reveal just how easy it is to make a Pimm’s No. 1 Cup.
It’s also ridiculously easy to find and purchase Pimms since it’s available in almost every supermarket and duty-free shop in London.
And added bonus?
A 70 cl bottle os Pimms will cost you just £15.00. So seriously, what are you waiting for?
Because I personally think that right now is the perfect tome for Pimms o’clock.
30. Grab Some Scones from Gail’s Bakery
So even though scones technically hail from Scotland, they have successfully migrated their way down the United Kingdom and into the hearts, and stomachs, of carb-loving, English people.
If you attend any traditional, English afternoon tea service in London, you’re sure to find a warm, freshly baked scone making a special guest appearance on your cake stand.
Slather some clotted cream and raspberry jam onto this slightly sweet, wheat or oatmeal-based baked good, and you can now enjoy something that has become an integral part of any English cream tea (AKA a light afternoon tea where you take your tea with scones, clotted cream, and jam).
The question still remains, “Where can you find some of the best scones to add to your list of best souvenirs from London?”
Well, luckily for you, I am a self-proclaimed scone addict.
And as such, I can say with 100% certainty that I know exactly where to get some of the best scones in London. And that place is Gail’s Bakery.
I mean, using some sort of Harry Potter type sorcery:
Gail’s manages to transform the humble scone into a glorified rockstar of the foodie world, with unique flavor combinations like Apricot and Ginger, Sour Cherry and Dark Chocolate, Maple and Pecan, Cheese and Chive, etc.
And all of their sweet scones?
Yeah, they come with an additional layer (literally) of awesome, external, crunchy, sugary goodness; a small but delicious touch that pairs well with the slightly sweet, delightfully moist, and ridiculously buttery flavor of the scone itself.
If I had to pick a personal fave, it would be the Apricot and Ginger since the heat that you get from the fresh ginger perfectly compliments the sweetness of the apricot that you taste in every bite.
Just in case you can’t quite make it all the way to London for your daily scone fix, you can always order some of their delicious scones online, or visit one of their stores in St. Albans, Brighton, and Oxford.
Because regardless of who you are or where you’re from:
I think we could all use a few more scones in our lives (And just in case you were wondering, my sources tell me it’s pronounced “scone like gone, not scone like stone”).
Address: 128 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZL
Hours: Open daily from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm.
How to Get There: Take the tube to Tottenham Court Road and walk to the bakery from there.
Price: One scone will cost £1.50.
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Welp, my London loving friends, this concludes my list of 30 amazing things to buy in London.
So tell me, did your picks for some of the best souvenirs from London make the list? If not, let me know in the comments below!
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Saturday 28th of March 2020
OMG I am dying to try those chocolates from Paul A Young Chocolates! And I have been a few times to Gail's bakery in London and in Brighton so I can confirm that anything coming from their bakeries is delish! A great list that I am saving for sure!
Sunday 29th of March 2020
I was so happy when I saw that my local supermarket carried baked goods from Gail's. Something to look forward to during the quarantine and yes. They are so good!
Saturday 28th of March 2020
I love this list and oh my god, you make me miss London so much! I used to live there for a few years and wish I could go back someday soon.
Sunday 29th of March 2020
I hope you get to go back sometime soon and thanks so much for reading!
Saturday 28th of March 2020
So many good ideas, love them all! So much better than the usual touristy souvenirs. There's also a shop called To Home From London that sell classic souvenirs (mugs, t-shirts etc) but the designs are drawn by the girl that started it and they're a bit more unique. Good compromise for those who want a "classic" souvenir but a slightly more original one!
Sunday 29th of March 2020
Oh good to know! Thanks for the tip. I'll have to check it out before I leave London because I too always like a slightly more original souvenir.
Saturday 28th of March 2020
I love London and I try to go as many times as I can because there are always new things to do. I love your suggestions, especially the food-related ones :) I will have to try those scones, I love scones too.
Sunday 29th of March 2020
Oh, awesome. Let me know what you think when you finally get to try some of my suggestions for yourself.
Saturday 28th of March 2020
What a great list! I’m coffee addicted as well and Monmouth goes right to my bucket list for the next London trip. I also didn’t know Cath Kidston so far but it sounds like I would love the design. Usually I love buying stuff from the old Spitalfields market but the real shopaholic is my husband. He loves to buy football stuff (his team is Tottenham), cloth, shoes, LPs and Banksy art.