Tourist Information Centre...: 'i'
UK Tourist Information Centres are located in most town centres & are generally open to the public from May through to 0ctober, (though in some popular locations, such as the capitol, they are open all year around...)
UK Tourist Information originated as a way to provide visitors with essential information, either verbally from staff, or in printed form, by providing maps, transport timetables, or accomodation & eating-out guides, for a small charge...
Since then, the UKTI network has expanded what it offers the tourist, often displaying a full range of souvenirs, which reflect their locality...
Such stock will include the typical range of postcards & calendars, to teatowels & T-shirts, & even locally produced foods & beverages...
Just look for the 'i' sign...
What to buy: Each shop is different depending on location - look out for items unique to the place, especially handicrafts...Related to:
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The Nutcracker Christmas Shop in Edinburgh: Shopping for Christmas gifts
Christmas shopping starts early in the city of Edinburgh. If you are looking for some Christmas gifts to take home with you this is a great place to do your Christmas shopping. They have lots of excellent Christmas gift ideas. The Christmas shop at the city of Edinburgh is certainly stocked with lots of interesting Christmas gift ideas - and certainly looks very colourful from both outside and inside the shop.
The Nutcracker Christmas Shop is a chain of several Christmas shops in some of the cities in the United Kingdom. They open for business as early as 10.00 a.m. daily until late at night. You may also e-mail to the following address for more information about other Nutcracker Christmas Shops and the products on offer:- firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to buy: Christmas decorations for your Christmas trees and Christmas stockings are popular items to purchase from here.
What to pay: Prices are quite reasonable compared to other outlets in the city.Related to:
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Lewis and Cooper: lovely goodies
This is a wonderful shop if you are looking for food hampers to give for a present, they have hampers but you can also decide yourself what you would like in it. They have a fantastic deli department with some many cheeses to choose from. The department I like best is the local foods - there is such a selection of Yorkshire goodies - luckily in December we will be calling in and we will have the car with us so I can stock up with things for home.
There is a great tearoom as well.
What to buy: I love the chutneys especially the Yorkshire farmers pickle
What to pay: wide range of pricesRelated to:
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The Galleria: Outlet Shopping
This outlet shopping mall is located north of London, in a small town called Hatfield, Herts, offering a selection of women's and men's fashion stores, such as Clarks, French Connection, Gant, GAP, Lands' End, M&S etc., beauty stores, such as The Body Shop, as well as some other more specialised shops. Of course there are also plenty of cafés and restaurants and a movie theatre.
What to pay: You can make some good bargains here.Related to:
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Many towns (large and small) have a weekly or twice-weekly market where you will find all sorts of goods on offer, from CDs to ornaments to clothes to handbags to shoes.
Most markets have at least one fruit and vegetable stall (be careful .....some traders will serve you with poor-quality goods from the back of the stall, rather than the goods on display) and there will often be a butcher as well.
All markets seem to have clothing stalls. You can get good bargains, although haggling is rarely acceptable. But, as with all markets everywhere, you can also get tricked into paying more than you should. So be careful about what you buy and what you pay...just because it is on a market does not automatically mean it is a bargain.
Farmers' markets are fairly new to the UK. Local producers sell their goods (meat, vegetables, cheeses etc) directly to the public instead of using a middle-man. The quality of the produce in such markets is usually excellent, and I recommend buying food from them if you have the opportunity. Farmer's markets tend to happen monthly in most places, rather than being a regular weekly event although large towns and cities do sometimes have weekly farmers' markets.
What to buy: Anything which catches your eye and seems a reasonable price, really.
Look for locally produced 'speciality' goods in local markets: cheeses, preserves, cakes, biscuits and so on.
Also look for cheap shoes, clothes and textiles in areas where these are manufactured. My local markets, for example, often have end-of-line or excess chainstore (Next, M&S, Monsoon etc) clothing at very good prices simply because much of that clothing is manufactured in my area3
What to pay: Usually less than in the shops, but do check the quality of what you are buying.Related to:
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The chocolate in England may not be in the same class as Belgian or Swiss chocolate but it's pretty damn good. It beats the run of the mill stuff over in North America by yards! Even the everyday Cadbury's chocolate is creamier. Green and Black, found in Tesco's and Sainsbury's is organic and wonderfully rich as well.
If you really want sinfully good chocolate, go to a Thornton's store. Thornton's is a chain of stores around the U.K, that specializes in Chocolate like Laura Secord in Canada. They specialize in Chocolate and toffee goods and while a little more expensive than Cadbury's they are more than worth it for the rich cocoa-y melt in your mouth product.
What to buy: My favourite is the Chocolate with toffee bits in it. They made toffee in a lot of flavours as well and it's buttery and rich. You can get it in the shops and the duty free at the airports generally have it too.
What to pay: various prices, a bit more expensive than corner shop chocolate.
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? Immunization. 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.Related to:
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Harrod's, London: Impressive department store
The Harrods is located at Brompton Road in Knightsbridge in Central London. It is one of the largest department stores in the world with a total retail area of approximately 90,000 square meters. Harrods was established in 1834 by Charles Henry Harrod. Today it is owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Harrods London has a total of more than 300 departments spread over four floors of shopping spaces. Wide range of items are on sale at Harrods such as clothings and textiles, electrical and electronic goods, bridal gowns, sports goods, jewelleries, pet food and accessories, stationeries, health and beauty products, gifts and souvenirs, furniture, food and drinks and household appliances etc. Harrods is principally an up-market department store. It is also very popular with local and foreign tourists. Make it a point to visit London Harrods when you are in London on your vacation!
What to buy: Gifts and souvenirs are highly recommended at Harrods Department Store.
What to pay: Generally more expensive than those of other outlets in London.Related to:
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In the UK as in so many places it's worth checking out the local markets. Many towns have a particular day or days and often those markets have been going on since the Middle Ages!
Today of course the merchandise is a little different. As well as the obvious fruit, vegetables and clothing there can be found craft stalls and almost anything you can think of.
Half the fun is just browsing and soaking up the local atmosphere
Sometime special themed markets can be found with everything from Antiques to Italian Food. Local Tourist Information Offices should help. This site will help locate one -
In Finland we have our smart phones of Nokia, they are also the test winners, usually ;-) However, in England it seems to me that those devices are very popular as you see and hear about them so often, is it really that good? Can you surf on VY with it?
Charity shops (?thrift shops) are everywhere in England, Scotland and Wales (probably Northern Ireland too).
It works like this: people give their unwanted clothes and goods to the charity, then the clothes/goods are re-sold.
It's a brilliant system; clothes and goods get recycled, the charity makes money and people can buy very reasonably-priced items they might otherwise not be able to afford.
I buy lots of my clothes from charity shops. If you're lucky, you'll find designer-label stuff, but there's a huge amount of good quality, hardly-worn clothing in all charity shops. There's no stigma attached to such purchases at all nowadays. In fact, the larger charities have 'specialist' shops in some towns/cities for vintage/designer clothing, or for books/CDs.
There are clothes for men, women and children, shoes, books, bags, curtains, ornaments, CDs, toys, games ..even furniture and electrical goods in some.
Some of the larger charities you'll see in most towns/cities include Help The Aged, Scope (for cerebral palsy), British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Oxfam...but there are many more, including quite local ones (such as the one in the photo).
What to buy: It's always, always worth browsing in charity shops. You never know what you might find: that out-of-print book or deleted CD, the most beautiful ball-gown or a brand-new woolly scarf, unworn dancing shoes or designer jeans that fit you perfectly. They all have changing rooms, so you can try things on before you buy.
What to pay: Anything from 50p for a book to 15GBP+ for a designer-label leather coat.Related to:
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Call it what u like: Department store
A department store
A really huge muscular guy with a bad stutter goes to a counter in a department store and asks, "W-w-w-where`s the m-m-m-men`s dep-p-p-partment?"
The clerk behind the counter just looks at him and says nothing.
The man repeats himself: "W-w-w-where`s the m-m-m-men`s dep-p-p-partment?" Again, the clerk doesn`t answer him.
The guy asks several more times: "W-w-w-where`s the m-m-m-men`s dep-p-p-partment?"
And the clerk just seems to ignore him. Finally, the guy is angry and storms off.
The customer who was waiting in line behind the guy asks the clerk, "why wouldn`t you answer that guy's question?"
The clerk answers, "D-d-d-do you th-th-th-think I w-w-w-want to get b-b-b-beat up?!!"
Paisley Center: Hard hats for Scottish Santa
A shopping center in Renfrewshire, Scotland was forced to advise Santa Claus to wear a helmet after being pelted with mince pies. It was reported that several youngsters threw the mince pies from the upper level of the Paisley Center in Renfrewshire as Santa was giving out presents to children visiting the shop.
What to buy:
Hard helmet if dressed like Santa.
What to pay: Free mince pies
Henry Watson's Potteries: pots
Henry Watson's Potteries is an old family run company dating back more than 200 years. The pottery was founded by Thomas Watson and is now run by the sixth generation of the family.
The retail shop has a large collection of kitchenware, gifts and garden pots. I love the softly coloured terracotta colour of the original Suffolk collection. In the cottage we had hired for our holiday in Suffolk the dinner service and kitchenware was from the pottery and this led us to visit the shop.
monday to saturday: 9.30 to 5.00
sunday (April to Aug) 11.00 to 5.00
sunday (September to March) 10.00 to 4.00
What to buy: Mugs, cups, serving dishes in a variety of colour or the Suffolk collections soft colours.
What to pay: the prices vary depending on the articlesRelated to:
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Oxford Street - London: Oxford Street - London
Oxford Street is a huge street with many stores , departments stores and more.
The prices in london are not cheap but you can find yourself in a middle of a good sale and the prices will be low.
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