Although most of London's biggest museum's have free entry it's worth popping to the shops of the ones that still charge a fee if you're looking for souvenirs and gifts.
The shops are free to enter so need to buy a ticket for the actual attraction.
My favourites are
THE TOWER OF LONDON shop
Online shop: http://www.historicroyalpalaces.com
Situated just outside the main gates to the Tower. This is their flagship store on two floors (inside the Tower there are further smaller shops stocking the same items)
In this map the shop is in the grey building on the left towards the river
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM shop
Online shop: http://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk
Situated in Covent Garden at at the entrance to the museum this shop stocks not only transport related souvenirs and gifts but all sorts of other London themed stuff as well.
I also like these shops (the attractions are free to enter)
ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHURCH shop
Online shop: http://shop.stmartin-in-the-fields.org
Situated next to the actual church you can take a lift or walk down the short spiral stairs to the lower floor shop.
In this map you can just see the glass dome where the lift and the stairs are
THE MUSEUM OF LONDON shop
Online shop: http://www.museumoflondonshop.co.uk/store
The entrance to the museum is via a walkway from St Martin's Le Grand
In this map the entrance is to the right, where the black board with a white arrow is
VICTORIA & ALBERT (V&A) MUSEUM shop
This is an online shop but there is a large shop in the museum as well which stocks most of the things available online
TATE MODERN shop
SCIENCE MUSEUM shop
BRITISH MUSEUM shop
LONDON ZOO shop (online only unless to buy a ticket to enter the Zoo)
Time out recommends
What to buy: Souvenirs related to transport, history and art.
What to pay: Average prices for example : A mug £5-7, a keyring £3-£4, fridge magnet £3-4
A few metres from Eros at Piccadilly Circus you will find Cool Britannia, a store with every type of London/UK souvenir you can think of. Although many of the items on sale are rather tacky there are a few quality gifts such as tankards, bags and clothing. They also sell tickets for West End Shows and Tours of London and the rest of the country. Walking and bike tours such as Jack the Ripper, Olympic Stadium, markets and Beatles from £10 up to £40.
If you are after souvenirs the area around Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square area have many shops but there is little in the way of quality souvenirs for sale. There are the usual cups, ashtrays, flags, football scarves, policeman's hats, pens, lighters etc.
You may have heard of the Paddington Bear children's books by Michael Bond, which were also made into an animated TV series.
This young bear, with a fondness for marmalade sandwiches was found at Paddington Station with a label saying 'Please look after this bear. Thank you' by the Brown family. He had been sent from 'darkest Peru' by his aunt Lucy, who had moved to a home for retired bears in Lima.
The family adopted him, and gave him the name Paddington, after the station where he was found.
What to buy: At Paddington Station there is a stall where you can buy various items of Paddington Bear merchandise.
Gift shop at the Tower of London
What to buy: I am a sucker for gift shops at museums and national monuments, and often use these as places to pick up memorabilia to garnish our exceedingly unorthdox Christmas tree. In the case of the Tower of London, I was chuffed to find some proper Christmas tree ornaments - usually I have to resort to taking ordinary souvenirs and 'repurposing' them - in this case, figures of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr and the White Rose of the House of York.
These particularly appealed to me because if there were ever a monarch that lent himself to a padded image, it was Henry in later life! I couldn't justify the expense of six wives (although if you have the money and the inclination, why not opt for historical accuracy?), so I plumped for Catherine Parr, on the basis that she is not only my namesake, but was also the one that was smart enough to outlive him!
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived in a Victorian lodging house at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
What to buy: In The Sherlock Holmes Museum Shop you can buy varios souvenir concerned with Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and their time.
What to pay: depend
What to buy:
PLEASE TAKE OF THIS BEAR.
That’s the label each of these bears comes with. Do I look like a Zoo Keeper or some sort of wildlife foster parent? A toy for children that begs is absolutely wrong in my humble opinion. In fact ‘Paddy’ isn’t just asking for some spare change. He is asking to be housed, cloth, fed and educated to University level. Yeah, just throw in a car at the appropriate age, telephone bills and the high cost of honey. Disgusting!
You can find this little anti-social outcast at – you guessed it – shops in Paddington Station (Tube and Train). I really think I need to ask. If his Mum didn’t want him, do you really want an anti-social bear cub that will grow to 1.5 to 1.8 meters (% to 6 ft) tall and weigh 130 – 200 kilograms (286 – 440 lb) in your house? And you think human teenagers throw fits. Wait until you see damage on a Biblical scale in your house in a few years.
Then there is the whole immigration issue. Paddy here is from Peru with NO DOCUMENTS! Passport? Immunizations? So if your neighbours report you to the authorities you will be harbouring an under-age illegal immigrant with possible contagious skin issues. Not good. In fact you will need a very expensive solicitor.
By the way the pictures are of one I bought at Paddington. And promptly shipped off to a niece with a bigger house and an ex-Sister-in-Law I hate. Let her clean up the bear poop in one of her 2 living rooms.
If you still want one, follow the link below.
You were warned.
For Beatles fans. Lots of cool Beatles memorabilia that could bee either only seen there or is difficult to find.
OPEN EVERY DAY 10AM - 6.30PM
What to buy: Collectors Items
What to pay: Depend:
Scarfs - £15.00 - $22.50;
Polo Shirts - £35.00 - $52.50;
Glassware from £10.00 etc.
The king lives in Baker Street, London...
Stor has large range of Elvis Presley memorabilia.
Elvisly Yours is a Registered Trade Mark and produces well-designed and inexpensive Elvis Presley memorabilia.
What to buy: cards, rings, soap dishes, mugs, collector's items etc
Please note that for legal reasons Elvisly Yours products are not available for sale on-line to the USA (except books, magazines, Tupelo Shack and sunglasses).
What to pay: Depend, from £7.95
You can find them everywhere in London. Little and bigger shops where the tourist could spent so much time – you can have small busses, telephone cabins, police helmets and many many different, local souvenirs to remind you of great London. In some retail parks we found that”1 pound“ stores where all the souvenirs cost only 1 pound. Well, they’re not that colorful but you can find something interesting.
The shop attached to the London Transport Museum does some of the best souveniers of London around. These are things that a Londoner might want to buy, unlike the replica policeman's helmets and so on that are only too widely available. Although of course you can get a model of a double decker bus if you must.
London Transport was a major patron of the arts in the nineteen thirties, employing good architects and indeed sculptors to decorate the buildings, and producing a huge number of posters designed to encourage travel using some of the best artist s of the day.
As well a posters, there are mugs, tee-shirts and so forth, and any number of products featuring the Underground map, which was the model for all such maps. You can even get a shower curtain.
Right next to the statue of ERO, nestled right on the corner is Lillywhite's Sports store. We stop there every time we visit London for the good deals.
Stop here before buying your tourist t-shirts for your friends back home. Instead get them a nice quality brittish sports shirt/jersey or hoodie for the same or less money.
What to pay: As cheap as 10 pounds average 20 pounds
There are some nice items like the usual key chains, miniatures of monuments,magnet button T-shirts with i love london etc printed on them. And then there some unsual ones like huge pens, with photos of london Tourist spots on them(good for kids), shot glasses with London specific scenery on them.
What to pay: The price range start from 3 pounds per items onwards usually. If you buy lot of items, they might give some discounts as well
Throughout London there are stalls selling souvenirs of London [by way of the Far East in many cases]. They are often bright and eye-catching to look at andthe goods are not very expensive if you just want a scarf, a policeman's helmet , postcards or a toy double decker bus to take home for the children in the family.
Around the British Museum are a lot of souvenir shops some selling superior antiques, coins, stamps, and others selling tat and post cards.
Take your pick, and pay what you can afford.
What to buy: Anything symbolic of London
What to pay: too much for the quality of the item sometimes, but not exactly enough to break the bank!
ARound the British Museum Take your pick, and pay what you can afford.
You will find very nice souvenirs in London. Here are some prices:
T shirts are 5-15 pounds
Shirts are 19 - 25 pounds
Tee cups and beer glasses are 5 - 10 pounds
Pens, coasters and similar things are 2 - 5 pounds
Caps and hats are 6 - 9 pounds
Tee - 3 - 8 pounds
Bags 14 - 20 pounds
Flags 6 pounds...