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What are your favorite things to bring home from London?

What are your favorite things to bring home from London?

Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 01:34 PM
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Laura
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I just brought back some teas from Harrod's and some children's clothes with the Harrod's label -- they were a big hit.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 01:52 PM
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Tea: Earl Grey from Jacksons of Piccadilly (at Selfridges on Oxford Street), or Fortnum & Mason's own blend (on Piccadilly), or PGTips (at any store). <BR>Thick cut bitter orange marmalade, at any department store or corner shop.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 01:53 PM
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Miane
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...and if you're not afraid of customs: Stilton, from any good cheese shop.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 04:03 PM
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I have brought various things home fromthe trips we've made to England, but I must agree a trip to Covent Gardens on Mondays is a must. I've gotten some great antique jewelry for a fraction of the cost, if youcould even find it here in the U.S. I also collect miniature teapots, so that is very easily found there. Last, but not least I try to bring back as many boxes of Twinings fruit teas, that are not imported to the U.S. Everytime I drink a cup I'm reminded of yet another great trip abroad. Have fun!
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 06:32 PM
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If you have any kids on your list be sure to pick up some candy bars. They make great cheap souvenirs. I was amazed at the variety available and I recognized almost no American brands among them so they will be a novelty. <BR>English chocolate is far superior to American chocolate so they are a treat! <BR>PS. Since chocolate melts easily, these are best brought home in carry-on luggage.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 07:01 PM
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Hobnob (or is it Hob Nob?) cookies! However you spell them, they're wonderful!
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2001, 07:04 PM
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Chocolate's from Thornton's. Can't get enough of them. I also like to bring home souvenir posters, key rings, hats, shirts, etc. from West End shows that haven't yet come to the US or have particularly spectacular London runs--like Mamma Mia.
 
Old Jan 4th, 2001, 12:20 AM
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I, too, enjoy it when Burta brings me cheese from Neal's Yard Dairy. hee hee. <BR> <BR>In addition to everything listed above, my mom once brought a funny souvenir home for her cousin. They are both senior citizens, the kind who take advantage of McDonald's discounts. So she bought a special T shirt from the Marble Arch McDonald's.
 
Old Jan 4th, 2001, 12:58 AM
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I go to Londin a few tinmes YEAR ON BUSINESS. I collect sterling silver, or plated serving pieces- like cake knifes, serving forks, etc. You can get beautiful stuff at the Antique Markets- Protobello on Sat AM, Camden Market on Wed AM,. and Bermondsey on Fri AM&lt; besides the antique areas every day. I also buy and then frame at home old prints from the 1700's and 1800's. I but the ones that are hand colored- they start at about $25 and then you can spend any price from there. You can can great ones from these markets as well. You can get hand coloured prints this old in the US at these prices. Hope I helped. Any questions, email
 
Old Jan 4th, 2001, 10:18 AM
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Oh...I forgot Bendick's chocolate mints, they're a pure delight and, make After Eights taste like toothpaste! You can find them in major grocery stores bt I like to go to their shop on Curzon Street (W1), right by the Shepherd's market which takes you to Piccadilly: nice place and restaurants.
 
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 10:19 AM
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I was in London 10+ years ago, and am going back (finally!) in March. <BR>Last time I brought back copies of Lewis Carroll's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" from the British Museum gift shop (the original is in the library). Also, egg cups from Reject China Shop. Found a great shop in Windsor selling wool blankets, too. <BR>This time I am leaving plenty of room in my luggage for all the goodies!
 
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:05 AM
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Great ideas! Particularly the Thornton's toffees, any flavor. One of my favorite things to bring back for girlfriends is English lavender drawer sachets. There are some that have hangers attached so that they can go on a closet rod along with your clothes. They pack flat too which is a plus.
 
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:41 AM
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Used to be able to save some good money on Dr. Marten's shoes but not any more. If you shop the smaller stores you might find them for less then here, but never at the Dr. Marten's super store at Covent Gardens. I remember buying them for at least half of what they cost here about 4 years ago but recently I have found them to be cheaper here in US...go figure.
 
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:44 AM
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London is simply amazing, I have been there 10 times. <BR>I reccomend also Italy and in particular Cinque Terre on the coast.Visit the followings website: www.villamargherita.net <BR>www.ciaotraveler.com <BR>www.cinqueterreonline.com
 
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 11:51 AM
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Thanks all, Now I know what to use my Harrod's gift certificates; 80gbp total, or 40gbp a piece! And my husband' s certificate "somehow" has become mine! FYI, they are a part of a BA shopping in London package, that I could not pass up! ;-) Judy
 
Old Jan 5th, 2001, 02:22 PM
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Come to think of it...Burta, where's my cheese?!
 
Old Jan 6th, 2001, 08:54 PM
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In my mind, globalization has sadly created a world where Burger Kings and shopping malls dominate the street corners of the world's beloved cities, but there are still a few unique things to bring home from that bastion of all things British, London. As a sidenote, through the miracles of international importing, most items that are sold in London can also be bought in Des Moines, Iowa. <BR> <BR>Dropping the snooty academic dissertation now, here are a few nifty things to bring home (as culled from my August 2000 trip to London): <BR> <BR>1) Clothes, clothes and more clothes. London has a ton of young, hip designers who are churning out fashionable togs faster than you can say "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille". Check out the "Laden Showroom and Market" in the East End on Brick Lane. It's a store showcasing local designers and you'll be sure to find something funky to wear back at home. Take the Aldgate East or Shoreditch tube and walk down Brick Lane. Also, the Spitalfields market on Sunday has a number of clothing stalls run by the same designers who sell their wares at Laden; I missed the market on my last trip, but they usually have better, cheaper clothes than at the store. <BR> <BR>2) For the music buff, bring home some vinyl. Most hip-hop and R&B singles that are played on the radio in North America are never actually released on vinyl in the US or Canada. Only in the Europe can you find this musical gems on good ol'fashioned records. Black Market, in Soho, has a good selection of records and there's another store on Dean Street, whose name I can't remember for the life of me, but it's a pretty visible record shop. <BR> <BR>3) For theatre fans, bring home some scripts. Samuel French, the granddaddy of the theatrical publishing business, runs a shop in Bloomsbury, quite close to the Euston Square tube station. They sell scripts for most of the current West End shows and for plays that you've never even heard of. <BR> <BR>As snooty as I sound at the beginning of my post, I really do love the UK...so much so in fact that I'm going back in February!
 
Old Jan 7th, 2001, 03:07 AM
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One of those big black taxis.
 
Old Jan 8th, 2001, 08:43 AM
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My favorite purchase was a poster from the National Gallery. It was an advertisement for their Monet exhibit the year before and only cost me a mere 5 pounds as they were trying to get rid of them. <BR> <BR>I brought it home and framed it, put it on my living room wall. People always make comments about it. And I remember that special time when I look at it.
 
Old Jan 8th, 2001, 12:56 PM
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If you have lawyer friends or in the family, try Spy prints.
 

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