Various: The electronics maybe sleek,but the location isn't
The place to shop for electronic goods in London is on Tottenham Court road, above the junction with Oxford Street.
The area was quite salubrius at one time, but after the Luffwaffe had dealt with it only ugly concrete messes spang up in the post-war period.
These places are now mainly filled with an assortment of electrical and computer type shops. You will need haggle a little to the best prices, but you will still normally get a bargain compared to the chains like Currys and Dixons.
Benjamin Pollocks Toy Shop: A interesting shop in Covent Garden...
Covent garden has been pretty much taken over by the faceless chains like the Body shop and Monsoon these days, but a few interesting places remain.
This shop is an offshoot of the main Toy Museum and shop (near the British Museum) and is quite cramped, having only a couple of upstairs rooms to display its' wares.
The company is most famous for producing toy cardboard theatres, with full plays, scenery and cardboard actors to stage your own productions.They are beautiful pieces, but I suspect most are just put on show in customers houses rather than actually being used these days. Playstations and DVD's just seem to win out these days !
There is also a good selection of books, Cards, Punch & Judy and Commedia dell'arte, Optical Toys and Visual Illusions, Dolls and Paper Dolls, Nativity Scenes & Miniatures and Tin Flats, Paper Gifts and other unusual Toys.
Adults will love the memories the place will engender, and kids will just love it anyway, even if there are no Ninja Turtles, or Lara Croft branded products to be found.
What to buy: A good souvenir is to get one of the theatres based on an historic London performing Venue.
What to pay: From a few quid up. A basic Theatre will be about 12 pounds.Related to:
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Shervingtons: Share one with Fidel and Ernest
Shervington's on High Holborn is one of the finest tobacco shops in the world.
They have vast ranges of cigars for sale, including every concievable brand from Cuba. They can be bought individually or boxed. They also stock all the vast paraphanalia that goes along with cigar and pipe smoking.
I'm not a smoker myself, but it was nonetheless very interesting to browse around and purchase presents for friends who do indulge in such disgusting habits.
Quite interestingly, nobody (staff or customers) in the shop appeared to be smoking themselves !
What to buy: If you are American, then I believe you may facesome kind of penalty if you take Cuban cigars back to the states. If you take the wrapping off, then I can't see how they could trace it.
You have been warned !
What to pay: From a few quid for individual cigars - up to thousands for rarer boxed sets.Related to:
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MUJI: Neat Japanese Clothing and Housewares
Cool Japanese shop with inexpensive home furnishings and clothing. Not what you will find at Conrans, BHS or Ikea.
There are locations all over London.
What to buy: LOCATIONS:
41 Carnaby Street, London.
Opens Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10:19:00, Thu 10:00-19:30, Sun 12:00-18:00
157 Kensington High Street, London.
Opens Mon-Fri 10:30-19:00, Sat 10:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
118/118a Kings Road, London.
Opens Mon-Sat 10:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
135 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London.
Opens Mon-Wed & Sat 10:30-19:30, Thu 10:30-20:00, Fri 10:00-19:30, Sun 12:00-18:00
187 Oxford Street, London.
Opens Mon-Wed & Sat 10:00-20:00, Thu 10:00-20:00, Fri 10:00-19:30, Sun 12:00-18:00
Dept. No.3452, Ground Floor, 400 Oxford Street, London.
Opens Mon-Fri 10:00-21:00, Sat 09:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
Unit 4/5, 6-17 Tottenham Court Road, London.
Opens Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00, Sun 12:00-18:00
Unit D1&116, Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Queensway, Bayswater, London.
Opens Mon-Sat 10:00-20:00, Sun 12:00-18:00Related to:
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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
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