Strutt & Parker: Titles for sale
Ever dreamed of being an aristocrat? And did you ever imagine that a title could be bought at an auction?
Such auctions are not very frequent, but neither unfrequent.
Strutt & Parker have been doing them for 50 years, so they are the ones to contact if you are interested.
What to buy: Several feudal tenures were auctioned recently, but not all of them were sold, so some are still on the market. Most of them are Lord of the Manor titles, but there are also baronies available. Some have also special privileges attached, for instance the right to wreck on a certain stretch of sea coast.
What to pay: The Barony of Hastings was sold for more than 90,000 GBP in 1996, but recently the title of Lord of Haseldon (Sussex) was sold for as little as 9,000 GBP.
Oxford Street shopping: Ready to do some serious shopping?
If you are looking to do some serious shopping, head to the Oxford Street where you'll find over 300 shops and department stores.
What to buy: There are many shops with a large varity of things to buy. If you don't mind spending some money, you can find almost anything your heart may desire! (of course ony *things* that you can buy for money - hehee)
What to pay: Depends which stores you visit - you can spend almost nothing or you can spend a fortune!Related to:
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any supermarket or convenience store will do
What to buy: When you are in London, you should try some of the candy bars they have there. They don't seem to have them anywhere else (besides England) and they're really good. I personally liked the Aero mint one. But, there are other ones I had to try, just because they looked interesting, such as the mmmunchies ones and the Yorkie. The mmmunchies ones have sayings on them, like "fancy me" "nibble me" etc... They're cute. The yorkie says it's not for girls on it, but I'm not sure why. I ate it anyway!
What to pay: about one US$
Perhaps: Just Maybe...
This was another one of those cute boutique type stores, like the ones between N.H.G. and P.R.M. It's not near there, though. It's between the King's Cross and Russell Square Tube stations. I don't know the exact street, but if you are going to the Generator London, you'll see it. I'll try to find it out, once I can look through my brochures again. It's a really cute store, though. They've got journals, bags, pins, accessories, hair stuff, and all that cute stuff, kind of a girly store. I loved it!
What to pay: about average London prices, maybe a little less.
Various: Perhaps I'll be rich enough someday
Between Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Road Market, there's a string of cute little shops that I would recommend checking out. Some have clothes, some have jewelry, some have books, etc... I just so happened to come upon these shops by accident while walking to Portobello, and I'm glad I did. I loved them!
What to pay: typical London prices
The best places for shopping
The best shopping areas:
OXFORD STREET - many department stores and also smaller stores are to be found here,
BOND STREET - a lot of designer stores to find here,
KNIGHTSBRIDGE. Harrods is the finest London's department store. It's very expensive though. Really worth visiting but shopping... well, if you are rich you'll be in paradise.
CARNABY STREET. You can buy any kind of Dr.Martens here.
Shopping is great here
London is one of the best places for shopping sprees. Many people will tell you that it's very expensive. True enough, but the stores offer so many sales that browsing a bit allowes you to do quite cheap and really great shopping.
Tottenham Court Road: Tottenham Court Road
Tottenham Court Road is the nearest thing you'll find in London to the Far East when it comes to shopping for electronics.
Most of the shops are run by Indians and other Asians although I've noticed recently an increasing number of Russians and Eastern Europeans. Prices aren't generally displayed and a degree of haggling is expected.
If you opt to shop here, do your research thoroughly so you know what is a good price for whatever you're after. Haggle like hell and make sure you get all the normal guarantees, etc.
To illustrate why it is important to research prices, here is an example. I went shopping for an external CD drive for my laptop. The salesman in the first place I went to showed me a TEAC CDRW and told me it was normally around 120 pounds but I could have it for 90. I told him I wanted to look around the other shops at which point the price immediately dropped to 80. I insisted I wanted to look around and with the prospect of me leaving (and an intervention from the manager) it was reduced to 70. I left anyway to look around. I went into virtually every store in TCR to see what else was available. A little later I saw the same TEAC drive for 50! While I was looking to see what was available the price variations were enormous between shops. They obviously just try to con you at first and this ploy may be successful with some customers. Be very careful. You may be able to get better deals from the high street shops who won't try to pull a fast one. Alternatively, if you have time, on-line shopping seems to be the best way to get a good deal these days.
What to buy: Computers, cameras and electronic goods.
What to pay: You should pay less than high street prices but please read my comments above. If you are not careful you will end up paying more.Related to:
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Various: Stop in Shops...
There are shops everywhere near Pickadilly Circus. They're also everywhere at Trafalgar Square and Westminster areas. Also several near the river. You can waste your entire time in London in shops if that's your cup of tea. ;-)
What to buy: I only wanted photos, so didn't really buy anything - but did pick up some Earl Grey to drink on the trip.
This famous London shopping street lies between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus. Big exclusive stores such as Dickens and Jones, Jaeger, Wedgewood, Aquascutum, Liberty, Burberry conduct their business here. The best time to visit the area is at Christmas when the street lights up with the annual and Famous Christmas decorations.
Liberty Department store is a classic styled Tudor building. It is one of the classiest stores in London. As well as owning two interlinked landmark buildings in the heart of London, the Liberty name is synonymous with high quality design led merchandise that has been at the forefront of contemporary design for the last century. Liberty is now entering a further phase of development under the guidance of a new management team
Oxford Street is one of London`s famous streets to shop in and known as the golden mile. You will find Britain's leading stores like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams, C & A Topman and more can be found here. Give yourself a good part of a day, an empty credit card and enjoy!!
The area is crowded with shoppers year round with plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants not forgetting plenty of street buskers to entertain you while you shop
Various: Shopping Tips
The main shopping streets are Oxford Street from Marble Arch (Marks and Spencer) via Selfridges and John Lewis to Oxford Circus.
Then south along Regent Street (Hamleys, Libertys, Burberry) to Piccadilly Circus.
Along Piccadilly (Fortum & Mason) to Bond Street.
Further west in Knightsbridge is, of course, Harrods. In winter Christmas lights are a feature of London Shopping.Related to:
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General - Oxford Street: Be prepared!
Oxford Street, the typical shoppers paradise (if you're the tourist, like me then).
Rule No.1 - Comfortable Shoes
Rule No.2 - Loose clothes
Rule No.3 - LOTS of $$
That's all you need, now go buy everything.
What to buy: Well, if you're there for just one day, then get the 'tourist' stall/shop stuff for relatives and friends. These shops/stalls can be found along Oxford Street but mind you they are not as cheap as we thought they were. :)
Shoes are a good buy in UK. If you're into music, then you're in the right place too. The music capitol of the world. HMV, Tower, Virgin(are they still around?) and all the many 2nd hand music stores around.
What to pay: Depending on how much you're gonna buy.Related to:
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London: London - The World's best shopping city.
Bring as much money as you can when you visit. London is officially the best place in the world to shop. Many things are very expensive too. Bring as much money as you can means you'll enjoy yourself lots more. Happy shopping!
Get money back from VAT
Remember to save all your receipts (Value Added Tax: VAT) and when your in the airport dicking around tell your flight leave, go to the VAT station and get your refund for you tax.
Europe's Value Added Tax ranges from five percent to 22 percent per country, averaging 16 percent overall. A bit of a stealth tax, VAT is wrapped right into the purchase price. So if the VAT is 20 percent, the tax portion of an €100 item would be €16.70, not €20 as you might expect. Rates change, so check with merchants when you're there.
Know where to get your refund. If you buy merchandise in a European Union country, process your documents at your last stop in the EU, regardless of where you made your purchases.Related to:
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