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isa from France asked

Where is the best shopping in London?

Where are the best places to get English products and specific items that are not for tourists?

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Lewis from London

Hit up the markets a quick google search will show you where they are... Borough Market and Maltby St are good. Camden Market is excellent also.


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isa
thanks! do they sell specific items or only food? are they open every day?
 

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Camden market sells loads of things from clothes, handmade jewellery, food it really is excellent open 7 days a week it's right off the high street which also has loads of independent stores. Maltby St market is smaller mainly food & drink but also has a number of vintage and reclaimed stalls/shops and really is excellent but is only open at weekends. Bourough market is a permanent market open most days but best to check and is mainly food and drink...
 
 
 

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C from London

Try any old supermarket - Sainsbury's has a good supply of proper English items and Little Waitrose is a bit more upmarket and also aims to get local produce into their stores.  Obviously Lidl and Aldi have more european stuff

for your local shops - if you are in london you should go to Borough Market or one of the many farmers markets that take place all over town (usually weekends).


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Lucy from London

Hi Isa

A random selection of places that would be great for a London gift but aren't touristy souvenir shops: Jo Malone in Covent Garden (or a few other places) has lovely fragrances, body and bath products with very English-y flower and plant scents, Paxton & Whitfield Ltd is a very old-fashioned London cheese shop with expert owners, look in the little gift shops in places like Royal Opera House or museums and galleries, and Smythsonor Aspinal of London for little luxury things like notebooks or keyrings (as well as expensive bags and purses). Cute and quirky design products (homewares and stuff) which make great gifts and often stocks British makers and designers can be found at The Conran Shop.

Hope that helps!

Lucy


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Debbie
These sound so cute! :)
 

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isa
Thanks Lucy... I might not have time to find all of them...! good for my purse :-)
 
 
 

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Anna-Fee from Freiburg im Breisgau

Check out Marylebone High St in London. Loads of good stores! My favourites are The Natural Kitchen, an organic food store and Daunt Books, one of the lovliest bookstores I've ever been to. 


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Michael from London

When you say non-tourist, John Lewis springs to mind. A UK chain of stores that has a reputation for quality and the best customer service. Another one to check out (pardon the pun) is Liberty & Co on Regent Street. It is a fantastic old building as well, so can be a little touristy. If you like books, then you can't miss Hatchards which is also a lovely building. For foodie things I would have to say Fortnum & Mason.


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isa
thanks Michael... sounds pretty complete. just have to make a choice, now!
 
 
 

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David

If you like British Menswear Stuarts London in Shepherds Bush is one of my favorite shopping spots based at 35 Uxbridge Rd


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barbara from Omaha

I like Harrods, lots of nice shops in the Knightsbridge area.  Also Selfridge's is totally remodeled and very nice.  Selfridges is near the Bond street area, very good shopping.  Most of these stores in these areas are expensive, since our $$$ is not the best.


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Scott from San Francisco

Spitalfields Traders Market and Sunday Up Market.  Both have unique very high quality items by artisans.  Plus at Spitalfields, there's great food - Square PieMontezuma's Chocolates, and then the stands have plenty of great purveyors of things including the vegan Rainforest combo thing which I don't remember the name of.  


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