London Souvenirs – 10 Things to Buy

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Are you looking for London souvenirs to bring back home from your trip?

Souvenirs are one of the best ways to tell your friends and family that you are thinking about them while traveling. And it’s also something that’s fun to buy for yourself as a memory from your trip to London.

There are several beautiful, nice and yummy things you can buy during your stay in London, and down below you can read some more about them. Here’s a list of the top London Souvenirs!


English Butterscotch Biscuits from Harrods

Harrods is one of the most popular places for shopping in London. They sell everything from homeware and fashion to delicious things for your tummy.

At Harrods, you can buy English Butterscotch Biscuits in the classic Harrods tin. It’s an exclusive and delicious souvenir to buy in London.

If you wonder what to buy in London for someone who has everything? This is one of the best and most popular London gifts.

What to buy in London for the HP fan? – A Magic Wand from Ollivander’s!

If you’re a big fan of Harry Potter like me, then you simply have to visit one of the Harry Potter themed stores in London. At Platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross, you’ll find both wizard robes, books and even Bertie Bott’s Every Flavoured Beans.

But if you have an extra day to spend in London then I can highly recommend you to visit the Harry Potter Studio where they have several cool stores including the Ollivander’s, where you can shop your favorite character’s wand.

I can tell you that I’m a real Harry Potter nerd, I’ve got Voldemort’s wand!

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London Distilled Gin

London is a great producer of Gin, so of course, it’s one of the most popular souvenirs to buy. Beefeater is one of the most bought gin brands among tourist in London, but personally, I think it’s a bit boring since you can buy it worldwide.

I recommend buying a bottle of Jensen’s instead.

Jensen’s has been designed to replicate the old-style London gin and is one of the only small-batch London Dry Gins that’s actually produced in London. They distill in a converted rail arch in Bermondsey, which you can visit and get a tour of.

Jensen’s Gin is a test of what London Dry used to be, which makes this one of the best London souvenirs!

Teapot & Cups

One of the most associated things with London is afternoon tea, which is an old tradition in the UK. During your stay in London, I can highly recommend experiencing afternoon tea since it’s so yummy and lovely!

If you liked it, I can highly recommend going souvenir shopping after a nice teapot and teacups so you can have afternoon tea with your friends and family back home.

There are several places where you can go shopping for teapots in London. But I highly recommend checking out Harrods where you can find some high-quality designer teapots. They have a great selection, so I’m sure you’ll find something that fits your style.

But, are you’re looking for something nicer than the souvenir shop teapots? And something a bit cheaper than the teapots at Harrods? Visit one of the John Lewis stores in London, which also offers good quality and nicely designed teapots to affordable prices.

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Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop – London souvenirs for the little ones!

What to buy in London for kids? This is the answer to your question!

In London, there are several shops for the little ones, and one of the most famous and popular ones is Hamleys. Even though I think it’s worth visiting Hamleys (especially during Christmas), I think that you should visit one of the oldest toy shops in London, Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop.

Benjamin Pollocks Toyshop is located in Covent Garden and is a shop that sells vintage and retro toys. Here you can find traditional toys such as music boxes, puppets, books and they also specialize in Victorian toy theaters.

It’s a really cool shop that you have to visit during your stay if you’re looking for London gifts for children!

Umbrella from James Smith & Sons

Like you might already know, London is a city where it rains much, so the locals always have to be ready with an umbrella.

An umbrella can be a very cheap and tacky souvenir (if you go shopping for the ”I Love London” ones), but it can also be a very exclusive and beautiful London souvenir if you know where to shop.

James Smith & Sons is a company that has been creating unique and beautiful umbrellas since the 1830s. They use traditional methods to create long-lasting luxury umbrellas, that’s also very creative and unique.

An umbrella from James Smith & Son is one of the best and most useful souvenirs you can buy in London – both for yourself or for a loved one who lives in a rainy country like the UK.

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Tableware/Homeware from Summerhill & Bishop

Ceramics are nice souvenirs to buy when visiting a new destination. Summerhill and Bishop is a shop in Notting Hill that sells beautiful tableware, hand-painted bed linen, and homeware.

This is a shop where you can buy souvenirs for yourself and for your friends and family since they have so many nice, minimalistic, and well-designed pieces.

Vinyl Records – One of the best London Gifts for the music lovers!

The United Kingdom is the birthplace of some of the worlds most famous and talented singers. John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Mick Jagger are just to name a few talented people.

That’s why some vinyl records are some of the best London souvenirs to shop during your stay if you, or someone you know, are interested in music.

Make sure to stop by some of London’s vinyl shops and have a look after your favorite artists. Flashback Records, Rough Trade East, and Alan’s Records are good vinyl shops that you can check out during your stay in London.

If you don’t own a vinyl record player, you can always frame it and hang it up on the wall as an art piece.

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Ben’s House

Near the Warren Street Station, you’ll find Ben’s House which is a shop that sells things that have been locally made in London. Here you can buy everything from London beer, wine, cheese, homeware, and magazines.

The fact that everything is locally made in London makes this shop to one of the best places to go souvenir shopping in London.

British Tea – One of the most popular London Gifts!

Do you want to know what to buy in London for someone who already has everything? British tea!

Tea is a classic souvenir to buy in London that’s always appreciated. Even though “British tea” doesn’t originally come from the UK, it’s still one of the most popular London Souvenirs to buy since it’s loved by the locals.

PG tips is one of the most loved tea blends in England. My grandma was from England, and this was her favorite tea.

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London Souvenirs Online

If you didn’t have time to shop for London souvenirs or if you simply didn’t have any room in your suitcase, then I can tell you that you can order some great London souvenirs online.

Of all the souvenirs mentioned above, there are actually several of them you can order online.

You can order homeware from Summerhill & Bishop, umbrellas from James Smith & Sons, and also teapots and cups from both John Lewis and Harrods. Visit their websites for more information about international shipping.


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