13 Souvenirs From London to Add to Your Shopping List

The capital and the largest city in England is a hot favourite tourist destination. Did you know that London attracted 20.42 million international tourists in just 2018? With iconic architecture, diverse cuisines, and cultural dynamism, London is also an attractive shopping destination. Wondering what to buy in London?

Here we have an extensive list of souvenirs from London:

1. Miniature Landmarks

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Some icons are unique to London and the best part is that you will find their miniatures in almost every souvenir shop around the tourist destinations. You will find mini versions of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London eye, the red London bus, the red telephone booth, the black taxi, and much more. These landmarks are also found in picture postcards, biscuit tins, piggy banks, and even home décor pieces.

Where to Buy: All souvenir shops around the tourist places

2. Sweets

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London is home to a variety of gourmet chocolates, candies, gummies, authentic boiled sweets, and sugary treats. Some sweets are unique to certain shops and cannot be found anywhere else. The city is also famous for luxury biscuits that would simply melt in your mouth. When in London, be sure to check out the quaint bakeries and tea rooms around Portobello Road Market.

Where to Buy: Choccywoccydoodah in Covent Garden, Akesson’s in Notting Hill, Harrods

3. Harry Potter Goodies

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Good news for all Potterheads out there! You can get a personalized Hogwarts gift trunk from the official Harry Potter store at Platform 9 ¾. You will find a large variety of clothing, accessories, stationery, posters, books, home décor items, prop replicas, costumes, and other souvenirs. Interestingly, you’ll find here the Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans as well!

Where to Buy: Platform 9 3/4, a shop at King’s Cross

4. Fragrances

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Did you know that London’s oldest perfume retailer Floris supplies to the British Royal Family? London is home to signature perfumes and most of their stores are more than a hundred years old. Whether you are a perfume connoisseur or not, the authentic perfume shops in London are worth a try because the varieties are endless.

Where to Buy: Floris at Jermyn Street, Geo F. Trumper at Curzon Street, Harrods

5. Football Goodies

Football is one of the most loved games in London and there are dedicated pubs where people can watch the game live. Football fans can go to any level to show their fandom. So if you too are an Arsenal or Chelsea fan, you can find flagship stores to buy their merchandise. You can also find various other sports stores in London selling football memorabilia.

Where to Buy: The Arsenal Store at Finsbury Park, Chelsea FC Megastore at Fulham, Lillywhites at Regent Street St James’s

6. Tea

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Tea is not just a beverage but an emotion for Londoners. From the single origin, blended flavours, imported teas, traditional infusions, and rare collections, you kind find them all in London. Also, tea rooms in London are a must-visit for all tea lovers.

Where to Buy: Twinings at the Strand, The Tea House in Covent Garden, Fortnum & Mason at Piccadilly

7. London Dry Gin

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Gin had been a preferred choice of alcohol for the British people since the middle ages. London Dry Gin is distilled with botanicals without any artificial flavours.

Popular Flavours: Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray

Where to Buy: Various liquor shops in the city

8. Books

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For all the bookworms out there, London is a city where you can find all kinds of rare, antiquarian, and first edition books. Other than that, the city is blessed with some amazing bookstores where you can find books of all genres and for all age groups.

Where to Buy: Peter Harrington at Dover Street, Foyles at Charring Cross Road, Hatchards at Piccadilly

9. Skincare Products

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If you wish to buy skincare and makeup products then, some brands to choose from are The Rose Tree, FOM London Skincare, Neal's Yard Remedies, and Bee Good.

Where to Buy: Charlotte Tilbury at Covent Garden, Marks & Spencer

10. Kitchenware and Home Décor Items

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You’ll also find some boutique stores in London where you can find unique kitchenware, tableware, crockery, cutlery, home décor items. They make really good gifts.

Where to Buy: Zara Home, Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium at Heath Street, Graham & Green at Regent’s Park Road

11. Toys

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Hamleys, one of the oldest and the largest toy retailers is headquartered in London. You’ll find plushies dressed as London Guards and Police at the stores. Other than that, London has the largest Disney store in Europe and the largest LEGO store in the world.

Where to Buy: Hamleys at Regent Street, The Disney Store at Oxford Street, Benjamin Pollock's Toyshop at Covent Garden, LEGO store at Leicester Square

12. Fashion

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London is one of the fashion capitals as many renowned designers like Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Burberry are based here. The city is also known for its boho street fashion. When it comes to fashion, there’s something for everyone in London.

Where to Buy: Oxford Street for luxury brands, Notting Hill for street fashion, Camden for vintage and alternative fashion, Primark for cheap fashion

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13. Holiday Treats and Festive Décor

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If you’re visiting London during Christmas, you’ll fit the entire city lit up with festive lights. You’ll be able to enjoy Christmas special pies, cakes, biscuits, candies, and other delicacies. You’ll also get to buy special festive décor from the Christmas markets.

Where to Buy: Harrods, Christmas Markets at Hyde Park and Notting Hill

When in London, one might feel like buying everything. But since, that’s not feasible, we hope this list helps you choose what to buy in London.

This post was published by Ananta Dutta

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