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In the great tradition of 'traveller' shops, this Rohan store has super-friendly staff on hand to help you pick the right clothing and shoes for your trip. They supply a whole range of clothes for adventures in extreme climates as well as providing gear for all the gradients of weather in between. Rohan pride themselves on their technical expertise and select fabrics from only the best textile mills and fibre producers. As a result, all of the clothing from the featherweight wind-breakers to the heaviest fleece are suitable for specific weather conditions and are easy to wash. They mainly stock multifunctional clothing and backpacks, so for other adventure accessories, you'll have to look elsewhere.
This is an excellent shop specializing in equipment for outdoor activities. It is joint venture between the Ellis Brigham chain of mountain sports shops, who have been going since 1933, when the first shop was opened in Manchester and The Snowboard Asylum chain. It contains a full range of ski, camping, trekking and climbing equipment and anything else you might need for your outdoor sports. It also contains a 28 foot authentic looking ice wall for enthusiasts to try out the clothes and equipment. This wall is kept consistently at –28Oc and they have fans available to reproduce the wind chill effect.
For secondhand books on just about any subject, drop by Quinto Bookshop, which shares its premises with Francis Edwards. Located in the basement, this store is re-stocked once a month, so you are constantly supplied with the used titles you love. Although you will not find a catalog at this store, the sections are organized in a manner that makes it simple to locate the book you want. The bright green exterior of the store is eye-catching and makes the shop easy to find.
The food store within the Japan Centre houses some of the best of the basic Japanese favorites. Noodles, green tea, seaweed, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce are some of the staples available but you can also find frozen meat and a selection of ready-made sushi and bento boxes. This particular location of this chain of specialty goods also offers a number of Japanese books on subjects like travel, dictionaries and manga.
Unbeknown to many, St James's Church is a little oasis of Piccadilly that holds a daily market. The market seems more like a shop without a roof though because of its location on a busy commercial street near Waterstone's, the largest bookstore in Europe. On Tuesdays, an antiques market is held, while on Wednesday right through to Saturdays, a crafts market takes place, selling everything from clothes and trinkets to food. It's a fun place to shop, especially during the Christmas week. Check website for other details.