Personal accessories, London
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,
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.
LUSH is an international chain of stores where you can buy personal products for bath, beauty, shampoo, shaving, personal care. There is no animal testing and they also have lots of vegan options of products made without any animal extracts. There are shops all over the UK including at least 8 locations in London. All of their products smell yummy and most of them work great! See the website for product reviews. Web ordering in Canada was fine, expect it would as well in the UK as well.
What to buy: Soaps, body lotions, deoderant bars, shampoo and conditioners, shower gells, bath "bombs", face cleansers, toners and moisturizers, face masks, shaving creams and lotions, foot products. Buy soaps and some other products by weight. They have various sizes of products down to trial sized bottles. Refillable pots.
What to pay: more expensive than drugstore/chemist/department store prices but not exorbitant
I just love these old-fashioned shops. With bland chain-stores springing up everywhere it is refreshing to see a shop like this, so full of history and tradition.
Their products too are perfect for the English climate. If you are getting rained on in London and need an umbrella, get along to James Smith & Sons!
What to buy: Garden and golf umbrellas, tropical sunshades, riding crops & whips (kinky!), Irish blackthorns, malacca canes, etc.
What to pay: More expensive than average but of the finest British quality!
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.
Supplier of traditional hats to the well-heeled. Tweedy caps for country pursuits, riding hats and rather fetching panamas.
Once there was a Derbyshire landowner called Mr Coke (pronounced Cook) who came to Lock's because he needed something special for his gamekeepers, to protect their heads against brambles and being bopped by poachers. Lock's came up with the idea of a bowl-shaped hat made of moulded shellac covered with woollen felt. Making the moulded shellac base was delegated to Messrs Bowler & Co of Southwark Bridge Road. The resulting hat enjoyed wide popularity and is known as a Bowler in the UK and a Derby in the US and never, but never, anything else but a Coke by Lock & Co.
What to buy: My favourite classic hat for both men and women is a fedora. Panamas look good on most people too.
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.
Octopus is a little store filled with strange, but cute accessories and home decorations. Brightly colored pocketbooks shaped like teapots and watering cans, lighters designed like grasshoppers, coat hangers with faces-- you name it. Too bad they don't ship internationally!
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Mmm... these shops, located throughout London, hold the key to enjoying one of life's simple pleasures: a hot bath. Try one of there bath bombs for a fizzy bath, or a bath melt for soft skin, or a bubble bar for a returnt o your youth, or or or... I could go on for days here. I love everything.
What to buy: OK, if you had to restrict yourself to just a few items (but by all means, this is NOT the place!!!) try the Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Melt, the Titsy Totsy Ballistic, and the avobath. Don't worry: the bright colored water won't stain your tub! But it will lift your spirit! Now, the good news is, you can order your favorites on-line in the US now, but the fun is going into the shops and picking things out yourself.
What to pay: For me, as much as I can afford.