London Shopping Tips by grandmaR
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Carnaby Street from the Big Bus
During the 1960s Carnaby Street was at the centre of Swinging London - Mini skirts popularized by Mary Quant were the thing. Since then it has caters more to tourists than the fashionable but it is enjoying a revival.
Some of the shops are Animal, American Apparel, Bailey, and Ben Sherman.
Address: Carnaby Street
Directions: Near Oxford Circus
Theme: Women's Clothes
Harrods has the reputation of having anything that you would want to buy. I really wanted to go here to the Food Hall. But it took so long to get onto the London Eye, that the closest I got was this picture from the top of the Big Bus.
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
What to buy: * Lower Ground Floor departments
Harrods World Souvenirs
Mens Contemporary Collections
Mens Designer Collections
Mens Designer Shoes
Pens, Stationery & Leather Goods
* Ground Floor
Bakery & Patisserie
Chocolate & Patisserie
Cigars & Smokers Requisites
Cosmetics (white hall)
Fine Jewellery & Luxury Watches
Fruit & Vegetables
Meat & Poultry
Perfumery (black hall)
Tea & Coffee
* First Floor
Di Milos Boutique
International Designer Collections
Lingerie & Nightwear
The Designer Studio
The Wedding Dress
* Second floor
Books, Magazines & Newspapers
Crystal & Glass
Design & Decoration
Travel Goods & Luggage
Antiques & Clock Gallery
Beds & Bedroom Furniture
CD DVDs and Videos
Interior Design Studio
Modern Furniture Gallery
Pianos & Musical Instruments
Traditional Furniture Gallery
Childrens Underwear & Nightwear
Concept Toys and Games
Preschool Toys and Dolls
Way In Shoes
* Fifth floor
Address: 87-135 Brompton Road,Knightsbridge,London,SW1X7XL
Phone: 020 7730 1234
Theme: Department Store
Another view of the interior
We went into Liberty while we were walking along Regent Street after a long day of sightseeing. I remembered Liberty prints for women's clothing (they now describe these as "blurred and washed out 50s style florals").
We browsed in the furniture (Oriental rugs and lamps) and accessories section (handbags, scarves) and wandered around the store and looked at their fabrics until the store closed at 1900. Bob thought the fabric prices were also exorbitant. I hadn't intended to buy anything anyway and possibly the Harrods prices would have been worse
What to buy: They have yard goods, antique furniture and men's and ladies clothing.
What to pay: It was all above my pocketbook
Address: Regent Street London W1
Directions: Nearest tubes
Oxford Circus - Central, Bakerloo and Victoria lines.
Piccadilly Circus - Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.
Nos. 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23, 53, X53, 88, 94, 139, 159 and C2.
Phone: 020 7734 1234
Theme: Department Store
The name of this chain of stores stands for French Connection UK. It created a furor when they tried to open a store in the US with that name. I'm not sure if they deliberately picked that name in order to rile up people's sensibilities or not. I suspect they did, otherwise, why not change it in the UK to F.C.G.B. or in the US to F.C.U.S.? Of course that wouldn't be as controversial.
I have never shopped there.
What to buy: They apparently carry clothing, watches, toiletries, shoes, housewares and the like.
Directions: They have several stores in London and in other places in the UK, Europe and the USA
Theme: Bath and Beauty
The British Museum sells gifts that are related to exhibits at the museum. They even have tax-free shops at the airports. I have not actually bought anything here.
If you are on the internet, you can put in a word and have a search done to see what items they have related to that word. For instance "Roman" gets
1) "Exploring the Roman World" by Catherine Johns, T.W. Potter Paperback £14.99
The vast empire created by the Romans remains one of the outstanding achievements of history. This book assesses the impact of the invasion of AD 43 on Iron-Age Britain and surveys the effects of Roman culture on this remote province up to and beyond the end of the military occupation. The process of Romanisation in town and country, in the arts, architecture and religion, is not, however, viewed in isolation, but in terms of Britain's place in the empire as a whole.
This authoritative study, written by authors with unrivalled experience of the Romano-British collections of The British Museum, provides a fascinating synthesis of an important period. It includes a comprehensive bibliography and gazetteer for those wishing to visit Romano-British sites.
2) "Roman Britain Introductory Guide" by T.W. Potter
In AD 43 the Emperor Claudius ordered an army of 40,000 to invade Britain....The four centuries, during which the Roman presence in Britain rose, flourished and then declined, changed every aspect of life. Industry, trade, government, the arts and learning – even the physical appearance of the country – were all revolutionized, and the effects are still apparent nearly 2000 years later.
Roman Britain outlines this critical period of history and illustrates it fully with pictures of the surviving objects of the period, largely from the incomparable collections of The British Museum.
What to buy: If I put in the word Elgin I get:
1) Treasures of The British Museum (book)
The British Museum is one of the most magificent treasure houses in the world. The wealth and range of its collections are unequalled by any other national museum. The Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles... Hardback £29.99
2) The Elgin Marbles (book)
The Parthenon sculptures collected by Lord Elgin nearly two hundred years ago rank among the highest achievements of mankind. Since they went on display in The British Museum in 1817 artists, scholars more..Paperback £8.99.
3) The Parthenon Frieze (book)
The artistic genius of Athens in the 5th century BC reached its peak in the sculpted marble reliefs of the Parthenon Frieze. Designed by Phidias and carved by a team of anonymous masons, the frieze ad more...Paperback £14.99
4) OP 146: Cleaning and Controversy: The Cleaning of the Parthenon Sculptures 1811-1939 (book)
In 1937-8, in preparation for a new gallery given by Lord Duveen, an unauthorised cleaning of the Parthenon Sculptures in The British Museum was carried out. Initially the incident was hidden from the more... Paperback £25.00
5) Postcard Wallet: Parthenon Sculptures (10 colour postcards in double-sided wallet)
The Parthenon temple, dedicated to the goddess Athena, was built between 447 and 432 BC on the Athenian Acropolis. The exterior Doric frieze was adorned with relief sculptures depicting mythological ... £3.50
6) Parthenon Miniatures (230mm x 60mm x 10mm, plaster with hanging hook - three different scenes)
Miniaturised masterpieces from the Classical world, these panels from the Parthenon retain all the liveliness and detail of the originals. Superb as paperweights, propped on a desk or coffee table or a perfect miniature focal point for a wall. £8.99
What to pay: Prices from 50p to £5,000
Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1
Directions: Great Court of the British Museum
Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8584
Regent Street from the bus
I have not been to this shop. I took the picture because of the cow. London had these fantastically painted fiberglass cows all over the city when we were there in 2002. Since then, I've seen other areas that had other sculptures like this - Norfolk had mermaids, the Outer Banks has winged horses.
Mon - 10.00am - 7.00pm
Tues - 10.00am - 7.00pm
Wed - 10.00am - 7.00pm
Thurs - 10.00am - 7.00pm
Fri - 10.00am - 7.00pm
Sat - 10.00am - 7.00pm
Sun - 11.00am - 5.00pm
What to buy: Apparently the store has men's, women's and children's clothing which they call the Essential Kit.
Their website says: "The Hackett brand is synonymous with classic British style and excellent quality, both of which have benefited the organisations that we have worked with over the years. We can personalise most of our offerings with your brand or corporate identity, if required, to help you make an impression."
And they have a cow out front.
Address: 143-147 Regent Street, London, W1B 5SQ
Directions: Six minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus tube station
Phone: 020 7494 1855
Theme: Men's Clothes
Gower Street bookstore
We did not shop here, but I thought it was an interesting looking place. I was trying to take a picture of the bus, but my digital camera wasn't quite fast enough.
It was at that time partly a bookstore for UCL and partly a general service bookstore with a good literature section. It also had magazines. They also had branches in other places. It has now been bought out by Waterstones
What to buy: They have (according to their website) a very large stock of academic, secondhand and remaindered titles in the arts and humanities, also some antiquarian stock
Address: 82 Gower St., Bloomsbury.
Other Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 020 7636 1577 (ext. 243)
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