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London {where to shop}

shopping in London

shopping in London

When I was in London last month, most of my time was spent helping Noah get ready for his big audition, but I did find a few moments to sneak out and do a little bit of shopping. These are some of my favorite places to shop in London. 

The Savannah

I have lived on three continents in my many years as a gypsy/expat. What that means is I have foods that I love and miss from all of those places. An Italian restaurant in Niger,  Mexican and BBQ from the US and biltong from southern Africa are just a few of the things on that list. In Rome when I am craving biltong, I buy Coppiette di Suino , which is a surprisingly good substitute. When I go to London, my first stop when I arrive in Victoria Station is always to Savannah, a small shop stocked with everything a homesick southern african could want; Mazoe orange, Ghost Pops, Zoo Biscuits and 4 different kinds of biltong.  The teenager couldn't believe all of his favorite treats from his Zimbabwe childhood were all there.  

Rococo Chocolates
3 Moxon street

I am a sucker for pretty packaging.  Pair that with chocolate and it can only mean trouble.  Just off the Marleybone High street is a small outlet of this pretty chocolate shop where I buy too many tiny Mini Bee Bars with delightful charming wrapping and promise myself that they are all gifts. 

Daunt Books
83 Marylebone High Street

I love the ease and speed of and my kindle but nothing beats a real bookstore filled with real books. Daunt Books is one of those bookstores where you want to buy every single title you see. Particularly when you spot books that your friends just wrote. Edwardian in style with wooden floors and tables piled with perfectly curated choices, a trip to Daunt almost always means purchasing an extra baggage allowance for our flight home. 

Selfridges & Co. 
400 Oxford Street

In-between seasons of Downton Abbey I discovered another British period drama. Mr. Selfridge is a delightful glimpse into the life of the bold American Harry Gordon Selfridge and his iconic department store in Marylebone. I love the food court here that has a culinary mishmash of my favorite things like biltong, artisan cheddar cheese and a krispy kreme donut kiosk. You could spend an entire day here shopping for chocolate, shoes, stationary and gorgeous home goods. 

& Other Stories
256—258 Regent Street

All those High Street stores start to look alike after awhile.  Top Shop, River Island, blah, blah, blah.  I didn't have time to sift through the racks so I really needed a one stop shop that wasn't overwhelming.  My well travelled pal Elizabeth had mentioned she had discovered such a place on one of her trips to London. & Other Stories is indeed exactly what I was looking for.  Cute, well priced clothes and shoes, fantastic makeup and fun jewelry and accessories. All of that AND it is Scandinavian. I am sure this is just the type of place Katrin, from my latest TV obsession, Borgen, would shop.

Liberty of London
Great Marlborough Street

I have been shopping at Liberty since I was a teenager.  With its Tudor revival facade and dark wooden floors and staircases a visit was always like a treasure hunt. I used to head straight up the stairs to the small hidden room on the top floor filled with fabric remnants and drastically marked down items.  This sadly no longer exists in quite the same way.  Now I go to the chocolate room on the ground floor which is the one of the best one stop chocolate shopping stops in London. I wish I had bought more bars of the Prestat dark chocolate with pink Himalayan salt. 

shopping in London

shopping in London

1 comment :

  1. I have always wanted to try biltung -- how wonderful to know I can sample it the next time I visit my parents. And, I am completely delighted you spotted my book in the wild at Daunt Books, which is one of my very favorite bookshops in the world.