Souvenir Shopping (Self Guided), London

Shopping is a must-do London experience!! From street markets to Victorian arcades and from snobbish Sloane Square to busy Oxford Street, there are a host of shops available which depict this vibrant city through their merchandise. Whether looking for something uniquely English as souvenir for yourself or as a gift for friends, you will find great inspiration in the shops featured on this self-guided walk.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The British Museum Shop
  • Foyles Bookshop
  • Liberty Store
  • Buckingham Palace Gift Shop
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Harrods Ltd
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The British Museum Shop

1) The British Museum Shop

The British Museum has one of the world's best museum gift stores in the world. The shop offers replicas of the antiquity items in the museum, books on arts and history, audios and DVDs, prints of famous paintings and drawings, toys and games for inspiring kids to learn arts and history and many other items that are great souvenirs and gifts to bring home.

Several stores are scattered around the British Museum building with the lagrest one in the cylindrical library in the middle of the central Great Court atrium.

Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily
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Foyles Bookshop

2) Foyles Bookshop

Foyles is a bookseller with a chain of seven stores in England. It is best known for its flagship store in Charing Cross Road, London. Foyles was once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest bookshop in terms of shelf length, at 30 miles (48 km), and for number of titles on display.

In addition to the numerous books it carries on London and the UK, you may want to check out a clever game called London Memory Game. The game has 25 pairs of photographic images of London landmarks such as Big Ben, museums, pubs, bridges and famous architecture. Players have to match the cards into non-identical pairs by theme, such as food, pubs, newspapers or railway stations. Suitable for youngsters as well as adults, it is a great way to enjoy 50 first-class scenes of London while getting to know the city a little better from a local perspective. The game is the ideal gift to share with family and friends back home for hours of fun matching pairs of typical London sights.

Business Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9.30 am – 9:00 pm; Sundays 11.30 am - 6:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Liberty Store

3) Liberty Store

Built in the 1920s from timber from HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan, the Liberty building is now as much a London icon as Harrods. It sells women's, men's and children's clothing, make-up and perfume, jewellery, accessories, furniture and furnishings, stationery and gifts, and is known for its floral and graphic prints. Liberty prints continue to be developed by up and coming London designers and are instantly recognizable.

Business Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Buckingham Palace Gift Shop

4) Buckingham Palace Gift Shop

The Buckingham Palace Gift Shop is just a stone's throw away from the Queen's residence, selling the official merchandise for Her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the royal family. The store is a must visit for people who love all things royal during their trip to London.

There are lots of products to choose from, and the items are the closest anyone can get for a taste of living like a royal. One can find there Queen's favorite chocolate, royal shower caps, royal hand cream, and many other items used by the British royal family. The Queen's favorite breed of dog, Corgis, is also a prominent theme in the shop.

Whether you want to bring home a piece of royal memory or a gift for friend, the store has something for everyone.

Business Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Harvey Nichols

5) Harvey Nichols

Harvey Nichols, founded in 1831 on the corner of Knightsbridge and Sloane Street, is a luxury British department store. It sells fashion collections for men and women, fashion accessories, beauty products, wine and food. It is one of the top high-end shopping destinations in London and is said to be the favorite place to shop of the late Princess Diana who used to live in Kensington Palace nearby. The building also features a lovely dining facility on the Fifth Floor with cafe, bar and several restaurants to choose from.

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10am – 8pm; Sundays 11.30am - 6pm
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Harrods Ltd

6) Harrods Ltd (must see)

Argubly the best known luxury department store in the world, Harrods is an emporium of elegance, sophistication, and opulence. The history of this famous luxury store goes back to 1849 when Charles Harrod opened a small shop at Brompton Road in Knightsbridge. It started out in a single room employing two assistants and a messenger boy. But two years later when the Great Exhibition of 1851 took place at Crystal Palace in nearby Hyde Park, it brought many visitors to the area. Harrod store boomed.

Charles Harrod's son (also named Charles) took over and quickly expanded the store into a thriving retail operation selling medicines, perfumes, stationery, fruits and vegetables. Harrods rapidly expanded, acquired the adjoining buildings, and employed one hundred people by 1881. The department store also became well known for its high quality products and excellent personalized service.

Today the store has 330 departments covering 1.1 million square feet (102,200 m2) of retail space. Products on offer include clothing for women, men, children and infants, electronics, jewellery, sporting gear, bridal trousseau, pet accessories, toys, food and drink, health and beauty items, packaged gifts, stationery, housewares, home appliances, furniture, and much more.

The items in Harrods are pricy, but don't let that put you off. There are so many beautiful things, stunning art, ornaments, cutlery, crockery, glassware and cookware, clothes, food and everything else you can imagine can be found in its beautiful historic building! Harrods is a must-visit for any London shopping experience.

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 9 pm; Sunday 11.30am - 6 pm

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