Jewellery and luxury goods, London
Describing itself as the 'world's best kept secret', The London Silver Vaults in Chancery Lane are housed within a unique underground building that's home to over 30 silver dealers. Originally a safe-deposit premises, the Silver Vaults came into existence after WWII, fulfilling a need by local dealers for new premises because of major bomb damage in the surrounding area.
What to buy: Today the Vaults offer a wide-ranging selection of both British and overseas silverware including jewellery, tea-sets and objets d'art. What's more, with prices starting at reasonable levels, even casual browsers can make a purchase without having to consult their bank manager beforehand.
Clive Christian is the British Designer and the creator of a sumptuous range of perfumes; handcrafted bespoke furniture and interior architecture.
Clive Christian created No.1- The World’s Most Expensive Perfume.
What to buy: Perfume for Men and for Women - 1872, X and No.1.
What to pay: Sigh... From £170.00 - 50ml to £830.00 - 30ml ... Oops... to £1030.00 - 30ml
"Our unique shop specializes in Celtic jewellery, arts, crafts and gifts. We have a wide range of gold wedding rings, silver and pewter jewellery, designed and made by crafts people from our Celtic lands, including Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Wales. We also take commissions form your own designs".
Owned and run by Sister No 1, I can personally vouch for the love and care she puts into finding original and unusual pieces of jewelry and crafts for her lovely shop. Especially unique, are her engagement and wedding rings in silver and gold, should you be feeling romantic ; )
If you are in Camden and looking for a little class among the usual stuff, why not drop in and say hello. You can tell her her 'skin and blister' sent you ;-)
What to buy: Unusual and very original wedding rings in silver and gold.
What to pay: From vwey little, to more.
Celtic Dawn (formerly Wilde Celts) carries a wonderful assortment of celtic style jewellry in gold and in silver. The shop is small but the quality is very good and the prices were reasonable for the good quality you are getting, , i thought. I bought two silver rings there for 33 pounds total. Most of the items are made in the UK and Ireland.
*There was a serious fire in the Camden Lock market in early 2008. I'm not sure if this store was affected or not but it's possible this isn't open anymore*
What to buy: Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings,
What to pay: various
This charming 130 year old store is set in a beautiful mock tudor building and sells everything from jewellery to fashion and furniture. The creative forces behind Liberty keep a watchful eye on latest designs and trends, creating stylish collections for both the London and Japanese stores.
What to buy: An amazing array of expensive but special, tasteful or designer, antique or modern, chic or contemporary! A vast array of items for your home from all sorts of luxury goods are here.
2 sale times a year are well worth coming for - the big Boxing Day sale and the mid year sale! many of these expensive speciality goods are reduced as much as 50%!
thats when i bought my silk and wool Tibetan rug and lovely green woollen Moroccan runner from the High Atlas for much more affordable prices!
What to pay: Prices are notably more expensive but goods are high quality.
This store has an impressive array of glassware of exquisite beauty. Some of it is original work by the proprietor and his family and other works are antiques that have been refurbished to like-new condition. There are three rooms of samples and fairly tight quarters in the aisles. Be careful, because the entrance sign says that you pay for what you break and this glassware is very expensive.
The items are beautifully decorative and a few are actually useful also. 40 pounds was the least expensive tag on the glassware and that was a small set of salt and pepper dispensers.
There are chandeliers and comports, dishware and urns, decanters and tea sets. All very ornamental and quite expensive
They also do extensive repairs on antique items. If you have broken or chipped pieces, they can make them look like new. I am not sure what the cost is for a repair job but their work is quite good so I would expect they make top dollar (pound).
This is without doubt, my favourite shop!
I love accessories of all shapes and colours, and this shop has all kinds of good quality stuff.
It is a chain store, found in every High Street practically in England.
What to buy: They sell scarves, gloves, nechlaces, bracelets, hair accessories... basically all kinds of jewellery.
The style is more ethnic and beads are often used, which is just up my street! (as one who makes her own beaded jewellery).
What to pay: It is more expensive than some accessory shops, like Claire's Accessories... but the quality is A LOT better! No comparison.
Small and close to Les Nereides, but with enchanting stuff. it was all 50% off for the sales and I had found a wonderful necklace in green swarowski that was astonishing.
What to buy: all! and they are so nice and let you choose, and try on...
What to pay: almost 50 £ for a necklace...almost
I drooled over this place. The door was closed, it appeared locked. How I would have loved to have had access to the treasures that lay within. It was not to be. I quote from their blurb' "The Barakat Gallery is a fifth generation family owned and operated business, founded in Jerusalem over 100 years ago. As a young boy Fayez Barakat worked beside the famous British archaeologist Dr. Kathleen Kenyon sorting and identifying shards from her excavation in the ancient Jerusalem of King David's time. A fourth generation member of the Barakat family, which was well known for its collection of ancient Middle Eastern art, Fayez showed brilliance as a historian and archaeologist at an early age. Throughout his life he continued to expand on his family's calling. In 1967 Fayez began to acquire artifacts sold by villagers who streamed into Jerusalem. Many of the items had originally been plundered from tombs in the hill country west of Hebron. He acquired numerous common household objects from periods extending from the Middle Bronze I (2100-1900 BC) through the Byzantine era (6th century AD). The Barakat Collection, outside of well-renowned museums, is, without doubt, one of the finest assemblages of ancient artefacts anywhere in the world. The Gallery is a purveyor of museum- quality ancient art, ranging from Classical antiquities, Near Eastern, Biblical, Chinese, Pre-Columbian, Byzantine, to Asian, African and Primitive arts. Ancient Numismatics and fine jewelry are also included in the collections. Our clientele is varied, including museums, corporations, private collectors and investors from all over the world. For the past century, the Barakat Family has been fortunate to contribute to the formation of some of the most important art collections in the world. Walking into a Barakat Gallery is akin to entering another dimension."
What to buy: "Inside, space and time, the present and the past, all merge together. The Barakat Family is dedicated to acquiring the finest masterpieces of ancient art from around the world. Their obsession has driven the collection to encompass the sacred relics of various cultures from Pre-Columbian America to the Khmer civilization of Cambodia. The Barakat Collections attest not only to the timeless beauty and elegance of ancient artistry but also to the seemingly limitless diversity and multiplicity of form and subject inherent in the world. The international annex of the company has been located on Rodeo Drive since 1982, at 405 North Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills. Our new London branch is located directly across the street from the Claridge's Hotel."
I wondered as I window gazed if they could have any idea how someone who was raised in a country on the other side of the globe; who had had no access to items such as those displayed; who dreamt for years of seeing archeological treasures such as these; would treasure just a few minutes inside a place like this.
To use the analogy of a kid let loose in a toy shop is perhaps too light an image. It would have meant far more for me than that. Sadly, it will have to wait until my next trip.
What to pay: If you have to ask you can't afford it
The summer sale is JUST GREAT! Visit the rows of luxury names at New Bond Street - starting mid Jun ... (went on 23 Jun - 2 Jul) & get good discounts from 40% onwards on selected designs.
What to buy: Domestic brands. Infact, men shirts/ fashion is good & value for money... if this offers any excuse to redeem yourself for all your shoppings.. .
What to pay: Jimmy Choo's shoes down to GBP 200++, Burberry polo tees at GBP 60-70-ish
Pascal have a wonderful collection of gold and silver jewellery with price points from £30 to £000s. They always seem to have something different from the norm and there's always something new to see whenever I visit.
What to buy: Pascal's semi-precious collection is particulary beautiful. They have the best collection of aquamarine in London. They also have a very strong collection of pearl necklaces.
What to pay: Anywhere from £30 for a silver bangle to several £000s for one-off items.
Getting 90%-95% off the world's most famous superbrands - for for men and women - may seem like a miracle. Especially if you happen to live in London...
However, this is a reality in the British capital's only clothing shop with an entrance fee.
However, 2 pounds one pays is more than paid for by the huge savings one makes.
My most amazing find: a Stella McCartney top, brand new and undamaged, for 25 pounds. Original price tag? 285 pounds.... There is goes - just a sample....
Be careful though, since some good might be damaged or slightly dusty. The second is not a problem by any means (just a bit of dry cleaning!) while the first is.
Among brands sold: Armani, Pucci, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, and a lot of the lesser lights in designer fashion.
What to buy: Designer clothing in this shop
What to pay: 90-95% off normal prices.
Rough Pricing Guide:
Burberry tops: 15-20 pounds
Armani collezioni: 50-60 pounds
Emilio Pucci dresses: 120-140 pounds (but these often sell for over 1000 pounds!)
OK, I confess, I do not like trench coats. but Burberry sells a lot more than that, both in men and women fashion, as well as watches, petware etc.
Prices are high, but you get quality and prestige, as well as guarantees that the product is authentic.
Same goods are probably slightly cheaper in the luxury goods department stores, but the brand boutiques usually have a wider selection.
Fortnum and Mason's offers visitors a sense of England's past with traditional high-quality goods and services. Moreover, having been in business since 1707, it provides items by appointment to the Queen and Prince of Wales.
What to buy: Known primarily for its famous food hall, the shop offers traditional English favourites including teas, relishes, chutneys and preserves. So, if you're after a true (edible) souvenir of England, you may find it here! What's more, for some items, such as luxury hampers and teas, they'll even arrange global delivery (especially for goods which may impact upon your baggage allowance). On the store's upper floors you'll also find fashions and items for the home, while elsewhere, the Fountain Restaurant on the lower ground floor serves light meals and ice-cream sundaes (of some repute) with St. James's restaurant offering traditional afternoon tea. Customer service here acts as a benchmark for others to follow.
What to pay: Expensive luxury items - you can spend an awful lot here or just buy a jar of jam.
Hatton Garden has become world-reknown for the sale of diamonds. There are now about 50-odd shops in the area selling their wares.
Some claim that this close proximety of shops since the1870's means that prices are kept low. This maybe true but I still feel that Birmingham's Jewelry quarter is far superior.
Also look out for the Mitre pub, the nearby street market (somewhat downmarket) and a plaque to the inventor of the machine gun in the area.
What to buy: Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but a Bridegrooms worst nightmare
What to pay: All depends of the 4 'C' s