One of the most popular bookstores in London, John Sandoe Books Ltd., located in Chelsea, was established in 1957. Boasting thousands of books on various genres such as arts, politics and literature to name a few, every inch of the store is covered with printed masterpieces. If you've been searching for a hard-to-find book, John Sandoe is probably the only place you'll find it. Open all week, this bookstore is great for adults as well as children.
A vivid food market located in Southwark, Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest markets of its kind in London. The fruit and vegetable section deals with grocers and small traders and even bakers & cake shops, with products from all around the world available here. The market sees a large number of visitors, so don't panic if you suddenly find yourself in a crowd! Fridays and Saturdays are more promising for the average market goer, with a dazzling array of fine foods available. There are a handful of cafe-style restaurants too, so you can get a delicious wholesome meal!
Open seven days a week, the Camden Market sprawls across a vast area. From arts and crafts to high street trends, you will find it all here. This is one of the must-visit markets for anyone seeking street, alternative and hippie styles. Traders sell everything from secondhand clothes to cheap antiques, records, clothes and accessories, as well as decorative items. Equally popular with tourists and locals, this market is a great place to spend the day doing some shopping.
The City of London is known for its markets, which are as diverse in their offerings as the culture of the city itself. Old Spitalfields Market is a colorful and historic part of the city's market scene. The market's origins go back to 1638, when King Charles I decreed a license on 'Spittle Fields', allowing the sale of meat, fowl, and roots. Over the centuries, the market has only grown in prominence and character, and today is a celebrated tourist attraction as well. Old Spitalfields Market claims to be one of the largest markets catering to needs like arts and crafts, fashion and other local market stuff everyday of the week. The market also has been awarded as "Best Private Market" by the National Association of British Market Authorities.
Indulge in Beatlemania at this expansive shop on Bakers Street. Walk through the doors of the London Beatles Store and you will be transported to the musical era of the 1960s. Walls and racks, sporting a vast variety of Beatles souvenirs are sure to please any fan of this group. T-shirts, mugs, bags, posters, watches, cutlery, towels, calendars, stationery and more adorn the shelves of this shop. This store is located close to the Sherlock Holmes Museum and Madame Tussauds on the outskirts of Regent's Park; drop by the London Beatles Store after touring these Marylebone landmarks.
Don't be confused by the name, this women's boutique carries the latest in clothing, jewelry and accessories. Head to this store and the ladies at kj's laundry will cover and drape you with the hippest styles in women's wear. Some labels stocked here include Australian designer Lee Mathews, London's lingerie label Spank, Dublin's cashmere line Sphere, bags from Japan's I Ro Se and more.
Established in 1979, Lambert Souvenirs, located to the south of Trafalgar Square, is where you can pick up items to remember your London trip by. You can buy loads of 'I Love London' T-shirts, London fridge magnets, pub and train station signs, as well as plates and mugs. Some of their most popular items are glossy iPhone covers designed like the Union Jack, telephone booth money boxes and the Drunken Duck pub signs. If you want to give friends and family a feel of your London trip, you should definitely take back some souvenirs from Lambert.
Spacious and airy, the National Gallery Bookshop stocks an impressive selection of artists' biographies and prints. In addition, a gamut of art-related books, postcards and gifts are available as well, rendering the store the perfect place to find eclectic gifts and souvenirs. With so much on offer, you're not likely to leave empty-handed, even if you intended to just have a look around. Breeze in here and find yourself surrounded by centuries of rich history and culture.
Located in the heart of London, Davenports Magic is one of the most popular magic shops in all of London. Opened way back in 1898 by Lewis Davenport, the shop continues to be owned and operated by the Davenport family, making it one of the oldest shops of its kind in the world! The Guinness World Record holding place stores thousands of quirky and amusing magic toys and products for both kids and adults. Davenports Magic also frequently conducts magic classes and magic shows at the Davenport Magic Studio located within the facility.
Whether you are looking for a quintessential shopping experience or are in mood for some entertainment, The Arches at Villiers Street is the place to be. Out of the many establishments that are located at this shopping arcade, a play at the Charing Cross Theatre and or a vibrant evening at the Heaven (a live-music venue) come most recommended. The place is dotted with several restaurants where you can grab a laid-back meal after a long day.
Pall Mall Fine Wine is a wine bar and shop which offers an array of aged fine wines. Craft beer and high-quality spirits can also be found here. An assortment of cheese and bread can also be found to go along with the wine. The bar is cozy and intimate, perfect for a date, with barrels in the place of tables, a beautiful piano and eclectic decor. The shop offers free delivery to places in the vicinity and can also be hired for private events and celebrations.
Watkins Books in London is one of the city’s oldest and most popular esoteric book shops. The shop is a treasure trove of countless books all belonging to the esoteric genre such as mysticism, occultism, oriental contemporary religion among a host of others. Operational since 1893, this establishment comprises an extensive collection of Tarot cards, CDs for meditation and chanting, and numerous books on numerology, astrology and spirituality. Spread over two floors the charming little shop makes for an ideal afternoon of browsing. Lucky visitors may occasionally even encounter a psychic or two willing to book a session.