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Favorite thing you brought back from London

Favorite thing you brought back from London

May 15th, 2002, 04:23 PM
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Penny--i brought some lovely little watercolors of the Houses of Parliment, Westminister and other London street scenes from a street artist with a Covent Garden stall. Very inexpensive. I love to buy art from street artists whenever I travel, I have lovely pictures of Florence from an artist who was painting and selling by the Ponti Vecchio; pictures of Venice purchased from an artist near St. Mark's. All very inexpensive. When I have them framed, they look wonderful.
May 15th, 2002, 04:29 PM
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Black velvet jacket I bought at Maribou in Notting Hill. Read about it in Cheap Eats (or Sleeps? ) in London.
May 15th, 2002, 04:30 PM
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Cadburry Time Out Bars! Yummm! There make a variety of gift packs.
May 15th, 2002, 04:51 PM
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"Favorite thing you brought back from London"--that would be my girlfriend. Sorry couldn't resist, I know she's not a thing.
May 15th, 2002, 05:55 PM
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To Penny...

Try this site... I got my aunt a picture of the White Horse in Hedgerley for her birthday (she used to live there). Lovely pictures and I think reasonably priced...

May 15th, 2002, 06:04 PM
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For others ...anything rom Haod's
For 'others"...anything fron harrods

For myself, early 19th cen silver or watercolors or engravings...if you look you can find it..but it is a thing you must love to do!!! nn matter what period you like , it's the hunt that's fun!

May 15th, 2002, 06:08 PM
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Mind the Gap t-shirt

certificate of my sponsoring a brick in the courtyard at the Globe

Plain chocolate (as opposed to milk choc) Digestives and Hob Nobs

Specialty teas from Fortnum & Mason

program from each play/concert

Halcyon Days enamel boxes

Beefeater Teddy from Harrods

large Paddington with rubber wellies

Cocktail menu from the OXO tower

Books, books, books, books (and maps)
May 15th, 2002, 08:00 PM
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China cups and saucers from the seconds shops, tea, and, my favorite - a print of a watercolor that Prince Charles did of Winsor. I wish I would have bought more of the cards or prints that he had painted. If anyone knows where I could get them over the web I would appreciate it. Also, I saved all of the bags I had bought things in from the various places such as the palaces, and Harrods, and use them for lunch sacks or whatever here at home.
May 15th, 2002, 08:15 PM
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Well, I didn't intend for it to be my favorite thing (and it's not a souvenir), but my favorite thing brought back from London is...


I bought them in a store which is called socks-somethingrather (I know socks is in the name, but if anyone knows, please refresh my memory. It was in a major shopping area, off oxford tube stop I think. I want to go get more this year when I go back). They fit perfectly, don't ride down, and still are in great shape. I never can find good socks in the U.S. (but I don't go on sock-quests or anything).

I bought three pairs. My dryer ate two of them, leaving me very sad indeed!
May 15th, 2002, 09:41 PM
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Watercolour Prints - Probably costs big bucks...

Has a set of greeting cards for 9.99 pounds (however doesn't have Windsor i'm afraid).
May 16th, 2002, 12:25 AM
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al - why Fairy liquid?????? I've bought many souvenirs but never a bottle of dishwashing liquid. Please explain!!
May 16th, 2002, 01:25 AM
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Was it "Sock Shop"? They are all over the place in the UK, usually found on the high streets and in airports and stations.
May 16th, 2002, 04:35 AM
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Cross stitch kits of Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, and Houses of Parliament I bought at the Westminster Abbey gift shop. They were small and didn't take long to finish and are now hanging in my living room as permanent trip reminders.

My Mind the Gap and antique London map mugs.

My daughter's favorite is her Marks and Spencer panties, very comfy!

May 16th, 2002, 05:14 AM
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I collect Christmas tree ornaments from the places I've visited. At Harrod's, I purchased a felt double-decker London bus ornament.

I also have had lots of comments on the "Tube" (subway) map t-shirt I bought!

May 16th, 2002, 09:17 AM
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Karen, yes, I believe that was it. I knew that is was a simple name regarding socks...I'm just to lame to remember something simple!

I do recall seeing a few of the Sock Shops in London...thanks for refreshing my memory. Now my one lone pair can get some new buddies....
May 16th, 2002, 09:36 AM
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Royal Stratford "Staffordshire" dogs from Harrods, they look wonderful on my dining room mantle. Beautiful napkins from Victoria & Albert museum store. Fabulous victorian looking Christmas ornaments from Harrods and V&A museum store. Lush bath bombs, English lavender shower gel. Last but not least, porcelain dresser jar from Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953 and brand new porcelain jar for Her Golden Jubilee. I love seeing them side by side on my dressing table.
May 16th, 2002, 09:52 AM
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Cuban cigars, and the memory of shopping for them at Davidoff.

Not very British, but I enjoyed every puff.
May 16th, 2002, 10:13 AM
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I’m aware that this isn’t really news, but years ago I went through what another poster described, having everything I’d bought as gifts and souvenirs opened. Since then I’ve brought back NOTHING, I mail it. Airmail from England can be quite expensive, but sending by sea is cheap. They always warn you at the Royal Post that it could take months, but the longest any package has ever taken was three weeks, (Coleman’s mustard in a tube, a whole box. Yes, the box had been opened by customs, then resealed. No hassles.)

Last trip I sent a pair of shoes home via sea route and it arrived before I did and before any of the other packages sent by air.

Over the years I’ve sent home stuffed bears, cookies, Cadbury stuff, mustard, tea, etc. some opened by customs, most not. Cheap and no problems, plus I wasn’t lugging that stuff around with me and wasn’t worried about something being confiscated at an airport by some over-zealous “security” person.
May 16th, 2002, 10:19 AM
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Three things:

1. Biscuits and sweets from Harrod's.(Got so hooked I used to order from the Internet until they closed it)
2. A set of Crown Jewel Christmas ornaments (numbered and very expensive) from the Tower of London.
3. a "Mind the Gap" refrigerator magnet. Smile everytime I open the Fridge.

From the same trip to Paris:

A lead crystal Eiffel Tower. Also very expensive.
May 16th, 2002, 11:16 AM
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The underground office in Victoria Station sells the cutest little changebank shaped like a British postbox. I keep it on my desk at work to save up for my next trip. And I got a great WWII intelligence poster at the Cabinet War Rooms that depicts a lovely woman surrounded by oogling officers with the reminder, "Keep Mum...she's not so dumb!"

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