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hi guys..what are the good (and cheap) things you can shop in london for ? stuff which is not available in india

thanks in advance !
 
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Having not been to India, I can't really say which goods we have here which you don't, but we will certainly have experiences which may be new.

Oxford Street is the obvious place to start off. Its horribly busy, but there are a very large number of shops there, and some very large department stores which can be interesting.

A short walk from there is Charing Cross Road. This is fantastic - its full of book shops (new and second hand) and places to eat... what more could you want? If you go in here, take a minute to pop into Foyles, which used to be the biggest book shop in the world, and is still probably fairly high up the list.

Also near by is Covent Garden, an undercover market selling loads of interesting stuff. Its also worth going to some othermarkets as these are more likely to have unusual (and cheaper!) goods then the main shops. Borough, Camden, Portobello Road and Greenwich all have interesting markets.

The best thing to do is just to wander around central London. Many of the more interesting shops are down side streets which some tourists miss. It may also be worth thinking if there is any particular thing you're interested in buying - whatever you want there's bound to be a specialist shop somewhere in London selling it.
 
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Thanks a lot Dave !!
 
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Hi Richa

Must-Buy for Husband/Boyfriend/Dad/Brother = A Well Cut (and probably well expensive) Shirt from any of the better Shirt Makers in London (Jermyn Street, Bond Street , New Bond Street),maybe a silk tie. If any of them are Scotch/Whisky drinkers, then you might want to buy some good Scotch for them too.

Must-Buy for Mom/Sister/Girlfriends = Chocolates/Perfumes from Selfridges,etc which you might not get back home. Not cheap but definitely has the wow factor.

No dis-respect against Dave who has given some excellent advice but you might find the street markets a bit too much like the Indian ones - They usually sell trinkets, ethnic/unusual clothes, fruits,etc which might not be what you have mind when you mean Shopping in London.

Hope this helps - Good Luck
 
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Selfridges (top of Oxford St), Liberty (classic design), Harrods (including the food hall), Fortnum and Mason (Food again but very nice to look at)
Camden Lock market for overpriced tacky versions of what you can find in India

London and Cheap should not appear in the same sentance
 
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Originally posted by Marcus Green:

London and Cheap should not appear in the same sentance



True
 
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There are many things that you cannot buy in India, but will get in London:

a) A ticket to the London Underground
b) A UK mains plug
c) Hustler
d) Pint of Guiness
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But seriously though, I have faced the same situation before. It is really difficult to find a few small gifts to take back for your friends and relatives that suits your wallet and the baggage limitations and is kind-of-unique.
 
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wow..thanks a lot guys !! i think chocs is the best shopping option ...any place where i can find good choclates?? thanks again
 
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Originally posted by Bhoooooo Yyempeti:
There are many things that you cannot buy in India, but will get in London:
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d) Pint of Guiness

Oooh! Beer!

Yes, try the beer when you come here. By this I don't mean lager (which isn't even proper beer anyway), but a proper British Ale. If you choose a proper one, the flavour is much better then a standard plasticy commercialised lager. London Pride is a good one to try, as is Spitfire, Abbot or Youngs Special.

Ideally they should be drunk in a traditional British pub as well - not one of the over commercialised fake ones like a Weatherspoons, but a proper old pub in a small road somewhere. There aren't many places in the world which have pubs similar to British pubs (Ireland is one of the few) - a traditional pub is quite different from a bar.

Also, despite the bad reputation, many pubs do excellent food. Some nice fish and chips or a traditional English roast would be good to try. In fact Britain's reputation for having bad food is very out of date now, and you'll find many great places to eat in London.
 
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Originally posted by richa shah:
...any place where i can find good choclates??

All over the place. The best quality chocolates are probably going to be from a Thorntons shop, although they are quite expensive. Avoid the touristy chocolate sold in some shops - the kind with pictures of landmarks on them - they are expensive and no better then a cheaper standard chocolate bar.

I once found a fantastic little shop selling lots of interesting chocolates in a side road in Soho, but since then I've annoyingly never been able to find it again.
[ August 23, 2006: Message edited by: Dave Lenton ]
 
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Although food has got much, much better in the UK than it used to be, it is still rather expensive and a bit marginal in parts. The irony is that the best value is often "Indian" food.
 
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Dave, I am getting Nostalgic now and it hasn't even been a month since I left sunny England.

I used to have a Project Manager a few years ago who kept a copy of the Good Pub Guide and the team would drive out every Friday noon into Hertfordshire for a pint and some food.

Chocolates :- Good chocolates are definitely Thorntons. Their website is mmm.thorntons.co.uk (yess mmmm, rather than www ) and you can locate their shops from there.

There are also a few Godiva shops, but that is Belgian chocolate and it is quite expensive.

For cheap chocolates for that irritating aunt, pick some from Woolworths.

A "Terry's Chocolate Orange" in any good super market if you are into orange flavoured chocolate. "Green & Blacks" for dark chocolate and bitter chocolate.

Some cheese also travels well. Unless you have been exposed to sharper cheeses before, try the milder flavoured ones - Dutch Edam, Norwegian Jarlsberg.
 
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Originally posted by Marcus Green:
Although food has got much, much better in the UK than it used to be, it is still rather expensive and a bit marginal in parts.

It depends where you go. In the touristy parts it is expensive, but it gets cheaper in the less well known areas. I guess that's the same everywhere!

Pub food improving has probably been a big factor in the improvement. Pubs are generally cheaper then restaurants, so they are now acting as competition with some restaurants and forcing them to improve.

The irony is that the best value is often "Indian" food.

Even more so when you consider that a lot of the "Indian" food isn't actually traditionally Indian! Interestingly, Indian food was recently voted the most popular food to eat when going out.
 
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Originally posted by Bhoooooo Yyempeti:
Dave, I am getting Nostalgic now and it hasn't even been a month since I left sunny England.

Humph, not very sunny at the moment - I've just been rained on on my way into work and my coat was still wet from the soaking I got on the way home yesterday. You wouldn't believe that its August at the moment by the view out of the window


....pint and some food..... Chocolates :- Good chocolates .... Belgian chocolate ...."Terry's Chocolate Orange" .... "Green & Blacks" for dark chocolate and bitter chocolate...Some cheese a.... Dutch Edam, Norwegian Jarlsberg.

Stop it! You're making me hungry and its only half past nine! How am I going to make it to lunch time now?
 
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"Even more so when you consider that a lot of the "Indian" food isn't actually traditionally Indian! Interestingly, Indian food was recently voted the most popular food to eat when going out."

Yup, that's why I put the word Indian in quotes . I guess an (real) Indian person could come to the UK, eat at an "Indian" restaurant and go home saying
"wow the stuff they call Indian food in the UK is a bit odd"

And a warning to the original poster, the "Traditional British Fish and Chips" are frequently alarmingly horrible and inedible. There is a chippy at the end of our street that keep changing hands, but no matter who runs it the product is neauseating. I don't quite understand it as frying Fish and Chips doesn't look like rocket science to me, but I am constantly disssapointed.

Done well it is a fine meal, so if you do want to go down that path, check out the best places via the web first.
 
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Good fish and chips: Alfreds at Windsor. Just at the corner of the street that runs off Windsor Central Station to the castle.

Dave,
"Sunny" was a euphamism. Where is the euphamism smiley when you need one :-(
 
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Originally posted by Bhoooooo Yyempeti:
Dave,
"Sunny" was a euphamism. Where is the euphamism smiley when you need one :-(

Hold on a minute. Last month we had really good wather, but it has recently turned rainy, and earlier on you said:

it hasn't even been a month since I left sunny England.

Go on, admit it - you stole the good weather didn't you?!



 
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How about a t-shirt with 'Mind the Gap' on it.
My kids think these are funny. Go figure.
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
Go on, admit it - you stole the good weather didn't you?!





Guilty as charged.
 
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