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Favorite thing you brought back from London

Favorite thing you brought back from London

May 15th, 2002, 11:16 AM
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Vita
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Favorite thing you brought back from London

Just trying to get some ideas for souvenirs.
 
May 15th, 2002, 11:29 AM
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Depends if it's for yourself or gifts, but here's a few ideas...
* pub tea towels -- kind of kitschy
* tote bags from Harrod's
* VERY IMPORTANT: Hob Nob cookies (rather, "biscuits", as they say there) -- oh, to die for! (can find these in some specialty stores in the US)
 
May 15th, 2002, 11:50 AM
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On Saturday morning one store in the Portobello Market area had really nice framed "oil" paintings, about 4X6, very inexpensive, like a cat sitting on a cushion with large ruffled collar or toparies, wish I had bought more of them.
 
May 15th, 2002, 11:59 AM
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Paddington Bear.
Tea.
Marmalade from F&M.
 
May 15th, 2002, 12:05 PM
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There is a chain of stores called
Accessories. There is one on the same side of the street as Harrods, between Harrods and the Knightsbridge tube stop, but there are other locations that I noticed.
They carry inexpensive, seasonal accessories like summer straw hand bags, cotton or silk-like scarves/wraps, hair do dads, flip flop sandals with flowers on them, etc. All very colorful. I wish I'd bought more of the bags and scarf/shawls, most were under 20 pounds, a few were more.
The flip flops and some sunglasses came in kids' sizes too.
 
May 15th, 2002, 12:10 PM
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An antique print of the Tower of London, as seen from the river, in a storm, looking really scary and spooky.

A fistful of pencils, from all the places I went to. Every time I grab one out of my pencil cup, there I am at the Tower or Aquarium, or British Library, or whatever, again. They cost little, take up virtually no space, and are self-storing and self-limiting.

My mom loved the tiny collapsible umbrella I got her at Liberty of London in one of their pretty fabrics.
 
May 15th, 2002, 12:19 PM
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There are bears dressed up like Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) in Harrods. My daughter loved it.
Ties or scarves at Liberty
 
May 15th, 2002, 12:49 PM
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Tea from Whittard of Chelsea
London Underground souvenirs
Harrods bears and tote bags
All relatively inexpensive!
 
May 15th, 2002, 12:52 PM
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Non-perishables from a Tesco Metro (small grocery store chain) like Colman's mustard, oatcakes, things in neat packages that you won't see in the states. Bath bombs & hand-made soap from Lush (in Covent Garden). Wagamamma T-shirts (real conversation-starter). Not from London, but a favorite: CD of the bells, organ, & choir at Yorkminster. (Westminster probably has the same thing).
 
May 15th, 2002, 12:58 PM
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No contest. Rosetta Stone mousepad from the British Musuem. Not too expensive, easy to pack, no security hassles, non breakable, and most importantly, everyone who got one loved it.
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:03 PM
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I'm with Elaine, Accessorize is a great store. Not only is there one near Harrod's but also in Covent Garden and other places throughout London. I was just there last week and bought a fun purse and belt. I also like the Christmas ornaments at the major sites of the palace guards, beef eaters, and bobby's. Tea tins are always a good idea, whether from Harrods, Fortum and Mason, Twinings shop on the Strand or Whittards.
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:03 PM
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Be sure to visit the Reject China Shop, just up the road from Harrods. You can complete your dinner service or start a new one and they have some great prices. Best yet, they ship to the US and have great service, arrives fast, intact, etc. They also have some china from France, Italy, etc. as well as the most popular English patterns.
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:04 PM
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No one mentioned LUSH yet...



Hey do you think I could get a job as a LUSH evangelist??

Go butterballs go!!!
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:08 PM
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oops
missed martha's post...
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:09 PM
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Chart (bought in the Tower of London gift shop) of the Royal Family's "tree". It's the only way to keep all those Jameses and Charleses straight.

Wooden spoon from Hampton Court's Kitchen shop.

Giant jigsaw puzzle of Harrod's

Harrod's tote bag - had this one for three years, carry it every day, just now the handles are starting to fray

Odd spices from Harvey Nich's - the little tins are very cool

The very best, though, are the hot-off-the-presses books by favorite British authors like Ruth Rendell, P.D. James, etc. The books are published in Britain first, so I've already read the latest by the time the books hit U.S. stores.

 
May 15th, 2002, 01:18 PM
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Those of you recommending food gifts: Don't know when you last flew out of London, but about a month ago, I was pulled out of line. Randomly, I would hope, since I'm don't look particularly dangerous. The bag which I was planning to check was inspected so thoroughly that every jar/tin of preserves, mustard, tea etc that I had purchased for gifts was opened. Every box of perfume, candy, etc. was as well.

Probably just my own bad luck, but you should know that it's a you may not arrive home with your gifts intact.
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:18 PM
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8 cans of bitter;
1 Harrod's wine opener;
2 bottles Fairy liquid;
2 boxes Hob Nobs.
 
May 15th, 2002, 01:27 PM
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Does anyone know where you can get artwork of street scenes of London, or other parts of Britain reasonably priced?
 
May 15th, 2002, 02:19 PM
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For myself, a Wedgewood brooch from Harrods as well as a vinyl tote bag that appears to be indestructible. For others, keyrings, Christmas ornaments, mugs, etc. from Harrods' basement and food items from the groceries.
 
May 15th, 2002, 04:04 PM
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Tracy
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A husband.

Love at first sight!

Have a great day everyone = )
 

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