This is a shack that has been here forever selling tourist tat - It was here when I was a child - I remember asking my dad if I could buy something and he told me then -"no-one buys that overpriced rubbish" - but obviously someone does - 'cos 30 years later it's still here.
What to buy: Well - at this place you will find all kinds of souvenirs - they probably still have mugs with "Charles and Diana" on them!!! T, shirts, hats, scarves, the list is endless. Whatever you buy will have "London" plastered all over it - just in case your friends and family might forget you've been.
What to pay: Waayyy more than it's worth!!!
Most Londoners think that souvenir stalls are tacky, and the merchandise is cheap. Although this is mostly true, there are a few items I think are worthy of a tourist, such as myself. Of all the souvenir items pictured here, the England bear is most precious, because someone won it for me from one of those 'grab it' machines. (Not exactly an easy thing to do!) Thanks, David.
What to buy: Mostly I was shopping for a few trees worth of postcards to bring home, and I found many bargains on those, some were only 10 for 1GBP. I just had to have one of those double decker bus metal coin banks and two flags. (one Union Jack and one of England) I found a wonderful fridge magnet with a great photo of the London Eye, which shows the temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit and it is one of my favorite (favourite) items because I actually find it to be useful everyday.
I found several tour books as well, some at the actual sites (London Eye, Windsor) but many are available without visiting them and paying the sometimes astronomical entrance fees, and most have gift shops to browse and shop, regardless of whether or not you decide to opt for the full tour. I found the tour books very informative, and a worthy keepsake in my opinion. I think they are nice to browse through long after you return from your trip, especially because you can share your experience with friends and family, with beautiful photographs and a bit of history about the place as well. I couldn't remember all that commentary from a live or audio guide, so I am glad I brought home the books.
What to pay: If you want souvenirs from London, shop around to find the best prices. DO NOT buy them from the airports, or fancy shops, unless you want to spend more for the same item you can find at the many street venders.
The V&A shop offers a wide range of merchandise, much of which is inspired by objects in the Museum. Categories include books, ceramics, children's toys and games, food, glass, greetings cards, jewellery, ornamental and personal accessories, pewter and silver, postcards, prints, replicas and stationery.
- Open daily from 10.00 to 17.45
- Open late on Wednesdays for Late View, opening hours from 10.00 to 21.00
- Open late the last Friday of every month for Contemporary Evening, opening hours from 10.00 to 21.00
What to pay: from 2 USD
The shop at the entrance to the Tower of London has undergone a major refurbishment. The striking interior decor and the wide range of quality products on offer capture the main themes of the Tower experience, from prisoners and torture to ravens and the Crown Jewels.
What to buy: The store showcases an extensive range of souvenirs as well as gifts, jewellery and a large collection of books on the first floor.
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
T-shirts in different colors ans with different motives.
Personally I like the T-shirt with the two boots and the message : I walked all over London.
That was the feeling I had as the weekend ended, sour feet . . . . .
What to pay: 5 pound
We've been to London so many times that it's a bit of a challenge to find something different for the nieces and nephews. One day we popped into the Marks & Spencer on Oxford St. to grab a drink at the grocery store there and nearby was the boy's clothing section with a fine selection of marked down rugby jerseys and many items with the likeness of David Beckham, who has fallen out of favor with little boys over there.
I bought several well made shirts with "England" on the front, a rugby world champion sweatshirt and a Beckham jersey, all for around L5 each. Much better quality than at the flea markets and with the discount, a much better price as well.
One of the biggest and best value Souvenier shops I have come across is in Camden Canal Market. This section of the Camden markets lies opposite the main Camden Lock Market. Approach by a covered passage directly after crossing the bridge over the canal.
This large shop as every possible touristy nick-nack you could ever possibly not want from Union-Jack G-string thongs (not as good as the VT ones of course) to blow up Beefeaters (well whatever lights your candle)
One easy place to buy all the rubbish needed for the folks at home.
What to buy:
Typically London Gifts:
- Postcards: would always come first with me:)));
- 'Mind the Gap' accessories on London Underground topic;
What to pay: Depending on the individual gifts, but can be anything from 10p for a postcard to over 1000 pounds for a Burberry / Paul Smith / Vivienne Westwood item.
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!
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.
What to buy: You can find lots of souvenir shops at the center of London where you can find various souvenirs: cups, magnets, key rings, T-shirts, postcards, etc., etc., etc.;-) Don't forget to look up for a special discounts: 10 -12 postcards for 1 pound, buy one get one free, etc.
There are several gift shops dotted around the Tower of London complex, which is otherwise blessedly free of commerial explotation.
The main shop in front of the White Tower is a semi-underground cornucopia of assorted tat.
Whatever kind of souvenir you buy, you just know it has been knocked out for pennies in some Chinese sweatshop.
If you must but a cuddly beefeater teddy bear, then this is your place.
I was actually quite impressed by full set of Henry the VIII's wives doll set. A couple of them have detachable 'flip-top' heads and realistic screaming noises when you pull a cord on their backs (*)
The worst example I could find ? Had to be the ghastly replica of the state crown pictured opposite.
What to buy: * OK, I made that bit up.
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.