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Great London Souvenirs
To avoid panic-buying a bulk pack of Cadbury chocolate at Heathrow, it's wise to plan your gift purchasing with care.
For everything under one roof, unique department store Liberty is hard to beat—here you'll find everything from exquisite Miller Harris fragrances by British perfumer Lyn Harris to small leather goods embossed with the famous Liberty prints.
Fortnum & Mason is even more sensational on its floors packed with carefully curated and sweetly stylish offerings, such as leather-covered hip flasks and model boats with Union Jack sails. Of course, it is world famous for its beautifully packaged biscuits, teas, and unusual condiments.
For the men back home, consider some traditional shaving cream from Geo. F. Trumper.
The museum shops are also bursting with original gift ideas, from Brit Art books and posters at Tate Modern to double-decker bus models and Tube-map mouse pads at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden.
Geo. F. Trumper. If you don't have time for an old-fashioned hot towel shave at London's most fashionable barber's, pick up some accessories to take home for yourself or as a gift. The Extract of West Indian Lime is a popular, zingy aftershave, and the Coconut Oil Hard Shaving Soap, which comes in a hand-turned wooden bowl, is a classic. There is also a branch at 1 Duke of York Street in St. James's. 9 Curzon St., Mayfair, London, W1J 5HQ. 020/7499–1850. www.trumpers.com. Closed Sun. Tube: Green Park.
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