Personal accessories, London
Part of the Columbia Rd Flower Market scene on Sundays, this small shop prepares and sells excellent fragrances, for the body and home. A little on the expensive side, but well worth a browse around anyway.
Established 1854- during Queen Victoria's reign- this store has been providing deluxe shaving and grooming supplies for men. They carry very traditional after shaves and colognes, Sandalwood, Bay Rhum, and Victorian Lime, to name a few.
What to pay: High End
The British Sex Shop is dull shop from the outside. I guess the local laws do not permit the display of explicit materials. Porn in the UK is only quasi-legal and you may be glad to find "dirty" books here.
Probably the best organised of the London department stores for practical shopping. Definitely in 2008 when the rates of euro and british pound were equal ( 1euro-1 bp)
What to buy: Debenhams :
Britain's Favourite Department Store, offers an exciting selection of Flowers, Gifts, Fashion, Lingerie, Home and Health and Beauty products to buy.
Carnaby Street :
Carnaby is the cheerful pedestrianised area in north Soho just behind Regent Street.
In Regent street you will find Hamleys
What to pay: This is up to yr budget
A gadget shop with pharmacy. Here you can find all sort of gadges and gifts. Beauty & fragrance, Bath & body, Male grooming, Electrical beauty, Home & photo and Toys & games.
Wisit the website. www.boots.com
What to buy: Nails, gifts,
Starting from it's original shop in Neal's Yard, tucked away in a corner of Covent Garden in London.... there are now several branches across London and the UK.
With their disctintive blue glass bottles (to protect the oils from light damage), you will find a good range of quality essential aromatherapy oils and related products. Staff are always knowledgeable and happy to offer advice, and there are also other therapies available upon request- such as Indian Head Massage.
What to buy: An ideal place to treat yourself or someone special to a relaxing, reviving or energising gift :)
What to pay: Prices reflect the quality of the oils.
Lush is not unique to the UK, as there are shops in many other countries and cities as well, including Amsterdam and NYC, but pretty much all the products that Lush sells are hand made in the UK - to be exact in Poole, near Bournemouth - on the south coast.
The range includes skin and hair care products as well as bath and body products, including soap bars, bath bombs, shampoo, deodorant, toner, shower gels and jellies (!), shaving cream... They also look like something you could almost eat and the smell in the shop in rather overpowering, but very pleasantly so. The bath and massage products in particular are great for pampering you, your other half or even you both. :-)
None of their products has been tested on animals and have pretty imaginative names such as 'Nutts Massage Bar', 'Milky Bar','Karma Kream', 'Skin Sin', 'Honey Bee', 'Party On', 'Cupcake', 'Cosmetic Warrior', 'Catastrophe Cosmetic', 'The Soft Touch', 'Rehab', 'Demon in the Dark', 'Dream Cream' etc.
What to buy: 'Ocean Salt' facial scrub (with lime, coconut and sea salt), 'Sea Vegetable' soap (made with seaweed and smells of lime, lavender and seaweed), 'Whoosh' anti-jetlag shower jelly (smells of lemon, lime and grapefruit juices) and 'Fair Trade Foot Lotion' (includes peppermint and fair trade cocoa butter).
What to pay: It's handmade so it's dearer than your average prices
What to buy: There are various stands set up throughout the city selling souvenirs, but as a huge fan of the show "Friends", I got really excited when I saw hats similar to the one Joey bought when an episode was filmed here. This one was even being sold as "Joey's Hat"!
The handbags designed by Shizue Nobuta are hand-made and several are one-offs.
They are rather eccentric and certainly not my style, since my taste is rather conservative, but many of the things I have seen in this shop are really nice to look at, although the prices are not exactly in my comfort zone.
Some celebrities, such as Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears, are known to be customers.
By the way, those who like looking around to spot celebrities may try their luck in this area: just across the street from Shizue's shop there is a salon where many celebrities have their hair coloured.
What to buy: Colourful and unusual handbags, or equally colorful but more "normal" shoes.
What to pay: From 500 to over 8000 USD.
This Beauty Salon/ Hairdressers is 2 doors away from the station. I do not remember the name right now, but as you come out of the station you turn left and its right there. There is a man on the side of the entrance selling phones or something and then there is a flight of stairs that leads up to the beauty place.
Places like Harrods charge £15 for eyebrow threading. Here they charge just £2.50, so even if you have to buy a travel card for the day it's worth it rather than booking weeks in advance for harrods or some other snooty salon and then paying daylight robbery prices.
What to buy: They also do other hair removal stuff with both threading and waxing, plus massage and hair.
FYI It is WOMEN only.
What to pay: £2.50 for the eyebrows.
£15 for a half hour massage
This Japanese make-up store has a great selection of cosmetics, and the staff are usually happy to help you pick out something suitable.
What to buy: My personal favourite in this shop is their lipstick, but have a browse - what I love is their variety.
What to pay: Not the cheapest shop, although not too bad for London.
Hardly a thing has changed inside or out of this great British shop for over a century. Row upon row of umbrellas and walking sticks are lined neatly in special racks and glass-fronted display cases, others standing in large woven baskets. Chairs are provided for the benefit of customers, who receive personal attention from staff with years of experience and knowledge of the umbrella trade. Well worth a visit when in London
I found this interesting shop in the Victoria Train Station. It sells handmade soaps and potions. Everything from bath soap to bath bubbles to facials have a special name and quirky description. Everything is scented. It may not be such a good place for those allergic to perfumes and colognes.
What to buy: So far I recommend the solid shampoo/conditioner. It looks like a rounded hockey puck and smells like black licorice. I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon. At the time they were advertising buy 2, get the travel container free.
What to pay: Most things are about $10 USD, but the soap is sold by weight and has been broken into different sized pieces.
This is suitable for new Londoners!
You get can almost anything in this shop from cereal to huge soft drink, kitchen utensils to washing liquid. All at the price of 99p.
What to buy: Almost anything. Toiletries, Detergents, Garden Tools, Food & Drink.
What to pay: Like i said 99p.
Its summer time! and when you want to take a special care for that special eyes, well you better buy a very good eyewear. This shop will guarantee not just to give your eyes a perfect shade but definetly give more style in it.
What to buy: Check out the vintage collection from well known brand like YSL, Christian Dior, Brigitte Bardot, Pucci, Courreges and Emanuel Kahn .
What to pay: If you don't give a damn thing about brand, just pass this shop and go straight to Camden Town