What to buy from London?

Old Jul 31st, 2007, 05:33 PM
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What to buy from London?

Hi there! Husband is going to London for the 1st time and I'm preparing a shopping list for me and the kids (3y, 2y) LOL!. What does everyone stock up on or buy when they go to London (I've read the great cosmetics thread already)? Anything that can be packed into a suitcase is of interest to me (ie. gourmet food stuffs, toys, clothes,...) Besides some tailored shirts, London scented soaps, I've asked him to get a Manchester football/soccer top for the kids. Maybe even a Beefeater hat haha. Also having him look into Burberry kids to see if it's cheaper there. I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks!
(FYI - The last time he went to Paris he bought back salts, foie gras canned, Loccitane soaps, dpam clothing for the kids, a nice LV purse for moi
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Old Jul 31st, 2007, 05:36 PM
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Penhaligan fragrances, Moulton Brown cosmetics, Liberty of London scarves or fabric (I bought a paisly oilcloth tote) Mulberry handbags.
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Old Jul 31st, 2007, 09:40 PM
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Jelly babies!

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Old Jul 31st, 2007, 10:21 PM
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My son has just returned and brought his 2YO son a Paddington Bear duffle coat - very smart and practical.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 02:53 AM
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Sealed crocks of Stilton. Harrods has them. Lots of nice mustards available also. I bring back tea from Whittard's because I love their original blend. There is no shortage of all kinds of teddy bears for the children. My friends want me to bring them Smarties.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 03:02 AM
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Mousepads with the London Underground (Tube) map on them. Have sent them to most of our friends planning visits to London. They can glance at the map while swanning around the Internet checking locations of hotels, restaurants, sights. Cheap and very easy to pack.
Jo Malone candles.
Moorcroft pottery.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 03:12 AM
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Along the lines of Paddington Bear, I once found in the basement book department of Selfridge's, a beautifully illustrated book with all the Paddington Bear stories. I bought it for my niece. I think that particular edition may be out of print, but if you can find it, worth picking up.
P.S. Wouldn't hurt to remind him that a nice piece of jewelry from Asprey will fit easily into his carryon ;-)
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 03:20 AM
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In one convenient neighborhood, you can do a lot of shopping.

Start him on Regent Street, where Liberty, whose scarves are always popular, is near Hamleys, an absolutely fabulous toy store.

Around the corner on Jermyn Street are the best shirtmakers in the world, and for many years I have bought shaving soap from Floris, also on Jermyn Street, more affordable than bespoke shirts!

This is all just around the corner from Fortnum and Mason at 181 Piccadilly (Canadian owned).

If he hasn't spent enough money, direct him through Burlington Arcade toward Asprey's on New Bond Street. Pray that the Canadian dollar keeps rising.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 03:31 AM
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Ohmygawd Btilke...what a great gift!
Thank you, we have a special Christmas party (10 tight girlfriends)...perfect idea since we keep the price at under $15 each.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 07:07 AM
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I always buy Mustard and other condiments from Harrods and shirts from Curtis and Hawes shirtmakers.
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 09:52 AM
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Thanks everyone for the wonderful posts! I'm adding them all to "the list".

Just wondering what are jelly babies and where does one purchase the Paddington Bear duffle coat (is it a particular Paddington Bear store or department stores?)

Keep the posts coming - thanks so much again
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 09:56 AM
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I think the poster meant a duffle coat like Paddington wears - in which case any clothes shop.

You can buy paddington bears at Paddington station (obviously)
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 09:58 AM
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you guys are shameless!!
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 10:02 AM
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Paddington at Paddington:

http://www.paddingtonbear.co.uk/en/1/colbuyuks.mxs

and in person:

http://content.answers.com/main/cont...ingtonBear.jpg
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 10:22 AM
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Jelly babies are sweets (candy).
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 10:43 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelly_baby
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Old Aug 1st, 2007, 10:54 AM
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Carrybean - they've done something to Smarties. They've gone all pale and pasty and taste vile now!
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I always stock up on Paracetamol with codeine at Boots pharmacy. No prescription necessary, just ask for it at the pharmacy counter.
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I just returned and bought various candy bars at Boots for sampling in the US. Cadbury milk chocolate is the current winner. Trix not bad too.
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what is this? Paracetamol with codeine
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