london with 18 year old niece

Apr 27th, 2019, 12:03 PM
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I tried posting this earlier but it didn't appear, so ….

You've received a lot of shopping tips.
How about taking your niece to a play at one of the London Theaters?
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Apr 27th, 2019, 01:14 PM
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Wow. Bicker. Bicker.

'Trendy' is relative.

A typical American teenager who likes 'trendy' things will most likely LOVE Camden market. And Carnaby Street. And Covent Garden. And, yes, Oxford Street or even Oggsford Street, whatever that is. Or Shoreditch. Or Marylebone. Or Soho. Or Regent Street. Or Kings Cross, home of the world famous UAL:CSM.
They might get a kick out of seeing £10k dog collars at Harrods - which nobody buys and are there as tourist novelties. Those 10k dog collars are what sells the £25 harrods teddy bears, £15 tote bags, etc.

Fashionable people (and many with much more money than taste) come to London and spend 10s and 100s of thousands of pounds shopping. Unless this 'shopaholic' has a huge budget, it's likely they will be buying a couple of pieces of clothing that that will be special because they bought it in London. Some trinkets, cool souvenirs, etc. £250 does not go far shopping anywhere in London, even the cheapest places. Nor does £500 or even £1000 if you are shopping in the 'fashionable' places. The exchange rate make shopping easier now for Americans and others but it's still far from cheap.

So let's put this in perspective and not bicker. Suze has the best advice here. Let the niece do some research and decide where she wants to go. She can watch youtube videos of these places. Read about them. Dream about them. And then experience.
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Apr 27th, 2019, 11:12 PM
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I am in London now. For those of you who have not booked tickets for the Christian Dior exhibit at V&A Museum, I can tell you one thing: do buy the membership. This is exhibit is worth any money... it is one of a kind experience which you will never forget.
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Apr 28th, 2019, 07:35 PM
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There is so much great advice here, as I am bringing my 17 year old Grand daughter in June. It is hard to read through all the bickering and sniping however. Everyone has a different opinion and different likes and dislikes. The messages in between however have helped me immensely and thank you for that.
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May 6th, 2019, 03:34 AM
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We had a great time! My niece loved Oxford St. We hit Selfridges ( I had to check it out after seeing the TV series LOL) It was very funny she loved H&M of course we have it in NYC but you know kids
Enhanced our shopping with a stop at a pub for fish and chips for lunch. She was excited to be legal and have a pint , Don’t tell her parents! Another day we topped shopping off with a trip to SKETCH for tea. This was a big hit She must have taken 100 pictures there. Also added tix to Tina The Musical which was terrific. Great energy everyone was singing and dancing at the end. Thank you all for your tips! Next niece is only a freshman she already decided on Iceland
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May 6th, 2019, 03:57 AM
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thanks for the come-back
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May 6th, 2019, 04:26 AM
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Thanks for letting us know how your trip went and what your niece’s reaction was...My nephew chose a visit to Paris for his graduation gift, his sister London. Her must-sees included Stonehenge and Salisbury, as well as afternoon tea at the Savoy. That apart she just wanted to walk around, chalked out her own walking tour and we went along. This was in June 2017 and we just missed the terrorist attack on Westminster Bridge by the skin of our teeth, saw it on TV when we got back to our hotel.
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May 6th, 2019, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Lpk View Post
Enhanced our shopping with a stop at a pub for fish and chips for lunch. She was excited to be legal and have a pint
She would have been legal to have beer, wine or cider from the age of 16 if it was with a meal.

What many people don't realise that in the UK a child between the ages of 5 and 16 can drink as much alcohol as they want at home!
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May 6th, 2019, 07:27 AM
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Glad you had a good time with your niece! SKETCH is really something, isn't it. Very instagrammable.
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May 6th, 2019, 11:47 AM
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Young people's shops near Picadilly Circus: Patta London, Stone Island, Carhartt, Palace Skateboards, Zara, Supreme, Dover Street Market, Mango.

I like Fenwick of Bond Street in Mayfair. They sell Trinny London and Charlotte Tilbury cosmetics.

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