Things That You Can Only Buy in London
Whether you want an authentic British experience or to bring home some gifts for your loved ones, you are probably wondering what to buy in London which is truly unique. We’ve found some of the best experiences and exclusive London purchases and you can enhance your visit with a hop-on hop-off bus tour with The Original Tour.
Shops That Are Only in London Exclusives
From high-end fabric from Liberty London or a bespoke suit from Savile Row, there are some great places to go shopping in London for unique purchases to bring home.
1. James Smith & Sons Umbrella Shop
If the British weather is causing you a problem, James Smith & Sons have an elegant solution. This world famous shop in London has been proudly crafting umbrellas and walking sticks since 1830. The shop front on New Oxford Street still has the original Victorian design and you can purchase a unique, handmade umbrella to keep you dry on those rainy days.
2. Jo Malone’s Regent Street Boutique
Whilst Jo Malone has become a cherished and recognised brand by many, the Regent Street boutique offers some unique purchases you can’t get anywhere else. Buy exclusive fragrances, coloured bottle caps or personalise your scent or candle with an embossed message. If you love Jo Malone, you will love the Archive Collection and Artisan Studio on Regent Street.
3. Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop
Benjamin Pollock’s in Covent Garden is one of the only toy shops remaining in the West End. They specialise in traditional toy theatres, shadow boxes and have a range of toys, games and books. If you’re visiting London with little ones and would like to buy them a traditional British toy, head to Benjamin Pollock’s.
4. Lush Oxford Street
Lush is known and loved for their innovative, natural, products. While you can visit Lush stores all over the UK, the world’s largest store on Oxford Street is a playground for smells, samples and spa treatments. There is an explosion of colour spread across three floors and you can buy exclusive products and try out new inventions whilst you explore.
Exclusive Tours & Gift Shops
There are some things that money can’t buy, and some of those things are experiences. Take an exclusive tour and explore great gift shops full of souvenirs to buy in London when you are finished.
5. Buckingham Palace Shop
If you love the Royal Family, Buckingham Palace is definitely worth a visit if you’re in London during the summer. The chance to discover the palace is something you can only experience in London and once you’ve completed your visit, head to the palace gift shop to purchase some souvenirs. See how the Royals live and take a piece of luxury home with you.
6. Big Ben
Big Ben is one of London’s most iconic landmarks, and a photo opportunity you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting London. Take a tour around the Houses of Parliament to see where decisions are made in the capital and when you’ve finished your visit, see what Big Ben merchandise you can buy in the gift shop and take home.
7. British Museum
To discover the best of British History under one roof, head to the British Museum. You’ll find out about the history of Roman Britain and can wander around the various galleries and exhibitions to learn about Britain through the ages. Before you leave, visit the shop where you’ll find novelty gifts, classic British designs and souvenirs.
8. Harry Potter Studio Tour
For a Harry Potter fan, the Warner Brothers studio tour or a visit to Platform 9 ¾ is crucial in London. Once you’ve wandered through the Great Hall or taken a photograph on the platform, head to the gift shop for some exclusive buys. Purchase a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter, plush toys or clothes and accessories adorned with your Hogwarts house.
One of a Kind Dining
From independent cafes to luxury dining experiences, there are a great selection of restaurants to try and foods you can only buy in London.
9. Wild Food Cafe
Tucked away in Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard is a treasure trove full of hidden gems. Amongst the independent shops and cafes, you’ll find the Wild Food Cafe which is an innovative plant-based restaurant and shop. Try out some delicious meals in the restaurant or head to the shop for organic produce and shop merchandise.
10. Borough Market
Borough Market in Southwark is London’s oldest food market. The market is home to lots of independent cafes and traders where you can buy and try traditional British produce and authentic worldly cuisine. The selection is endless and includes baked goods, fruit and veg, confectionary, homeware & accessories and much more.
11. Brick Lane Market
For an eclectic mix of vintage clothes stalls, street markets and food halls, head to Brick Lane Market. The Old Truman Brewery at Brick Lane is home to a selection of restaurants, independent stores and the Boiler House Food Hall where you can buy a selection of foods from around the world, representing a truly multicultural London.
12. Harrods Food Hall
Eat your way around the world in Harrods. With so many restaurants, cafes and tea rooms to choose from in London’s exclusive department store, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. If you want lunch on the go, head to the food emporium for the bakery, fresh meats, drinks and snacks and don’t forget to buy some Harrods souvenirs before you leave.
Don’t miss out on the best souvenirs in London and unique experiences in the capital and see the cities best bits on an Original Tour sightseeing tour bus.