5 Best Souvenirs to Buy in London

Keychains, magnets, and tote bags are all popular souvenirs; however, while you're actually in London yourself, you can also try something different and go in search of some distinctive British items instead. From the charming markets on the streets or Piccadilly Circus to the ever-busy Oxford Street and Leicester Square, there are plenty of places to purchase souvenirs from London.

If you're a music lover or a fervent football enthusiast, or an avid foodie, we've come up with some of the most desirable souvenirs in London. Get your British pounds in order and let the shopping begin.

1. English Tea

English Tea

The drinking of tea is a fundamental part of British culture. If you're located in London, and you're looking for a staple, this isn't just a must-try you should buy. Make sure to pick household names such as Fortnum & Mason and Whittard of Chelsea. They offer a variety of collections, from elegant blends to unique teas. Additionally, the attractive canisters are simple to transport.

For those who are budget-conscious, you can get English tea for as little as £1.50 from Tesco as well as Sainsbury's. Choose labels like PG Tips, Yorkshire Tea Twinings, and Yorkshire Tea, which are inexpensive London souvenirs. The most appealing aspect is that they don't weigh much in your bag.

2. Harry Potter Merchandise

Harry Potter Merchandise

Visit the Harry Potter Shop on Platform 9 3/4. A thrilling shopping spree is in store. Take a look at replica wands, Gryffindor accessories, and wizarding collectibles. For budget-friendly prices below £20, jewellery, books, and figurines will satisfy the inner Potterhead. Even if there's no intention to spend your money, the free photos taken by themselves (cue your trolley from King's Cross station) will provide great souvenirs.

Have extra time in London? Reserve a half-day to go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Take a look at the original sets and costumes before a frenzied shopping spree in The Studio Tour Shop. Children adore the fun confectionery and hoodies available here.

3. London Souvenir Chocolates

English Chocolates

For those who appreciate high-quality confectionery, the taste and quality of British chocolate will surely delight you. In London specifically, you'll discover the best artisan chocolate shops that provide a mouth-watering selection and plenty of satisfying options.

Begin by visiting Charbonnel et Walker at their flagship store on Old Bond Street and purchase their top-selling truffles to gift to your nearest and dearest. Founded in 1875, this place is famous for being the best chocolate shop in London, and it was the Queen's favourite.

You can also visit one of Paul A Young’s London stores in Soho and discover their unique flavours that have an added twist, such as Marmite truffles, passionfruit curd-filled chocolate, or orange, bergamot, and lavender bars.

In London, you can purchase a variety of gourmet chocolates, truffles, and florentines that all come in beautifully posh gift boxes, which make them perfect for presenting to your loved ones and for taking a little piece of London's decadence back home.

4. Paddington Bear Plushies

Paddington Bear Toys

The timeless stories from Paddington Bear will resonate with any toddler. If you're contemplating London souvenirs for children, make sure to stop at Paddington Station for a shopping excursion. You could also consider a Paddington complete walking tour when you have an open afternoon.

There's a variety of products that ranges from T-shirts, mugs, and stickers, to DVDs and pop-up books. Stationery and homeware are worth a look also. However, nothing can beat the cute stuffed animal (from £13.80) that is the toy itself if you are able to tear yourself off from this one-stop store and go to the Paddington statue at Platform 1 and snap your own photo to keep for a memento.

5. Royal Paraphernalia

Royal Family Paraphernalia

If you're a fan of the monarchy, Buckingham Palace's store is a must. You'll discover the official Queen Elizabeth II products and regal collections such as "The Platinum Jubilee" and "The Queen's 95th Birthday," in addition to others.

History buffs will appreciate the limited edition Platinum Jubilee souvenir album (£19.95), and royal collectors are interested in the Coat of Arms chinaware or commemorative pillboxes. Tea sets are great wedding and housewarming gifts as well. For children and little ones, the Guardsman bears and Windsor Castle sweets are fantastic souvenirs from London.

London is full of flea markets that sell street food, bric-a-brac and trendy jewellery and clothing (from about £10 onwards), antiques, and much more. If you're looking to go to one, make sure you visit Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill. It's dubbed the world's biggest antique market; it's home to an innumerable variety of vintage items (from only £5 onwards) and furniture.

Get yourself some Victorian tea towels or even teapots that are decorated with London's famous landmarks, such as Big Ben or the Tower of London. To take in the atmosphere, take a trip to markets on the weekend during the time when it's bustling.

About the Author: Rachel R. Hill

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