utorak, 25. studenoga 2014.
Shopping in London
FREE ADS - Top Department Stores in London. Shop in London's best department stores: Fortnum and Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty, Selfridges. London markets sell everything from food to flowers, modern art to antiques, clothes to curios. Large, sprawling markets such as Spitalfields, Camden Market or Portobello Road are ideal if you want to spend a day wandering about, hopefully finding a few bargains along the way. Greenwich is great for gifts and local designers, and you can't beat Borough for a quick bite.
1. A hamper from Fortnum & Mason is a treasure chest of luxurious goodies: think caviar and vintage champagne. With gifts to suit all budgets, hampers cost from £50-£1,000.
2. Help beat the January blues by treating your loved ones to some theatre vouchers so that they can welcome in the New Year by going to see a top show.
3. The wonderfully festive scene of Trafalgar Square at Christmas is beautifully presented on a jigsaw puzzle (£30), available at the National Gallery.
4. To celebrate the new Paddington movie and the Paddington Trail, a range of adorable bears are on sale in the Visit London shop, as well as Paddington Bear hoodies and jumpers.
5. Treat the little wizard in your life to a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
6. Perfect for foodies who love to eat out, the tastecard allows you to dine out at half price at more than 7,000 participating London restaurants. Valid for one year, buy your tastecard half-price through visitlondon.com and membership will cost you just £39.99 instead of £79.99.
7. A trip up the tallest building in Western Europe is guaranteed to be a winning gift. The View From The Shard boasts 40-mile, 360-degree views of the capital.
8. Chocoholics will love the stunning Tree of Wonder by La Maison du Chocolat, a whirl of luxurious nut-filled chocolates. This hand-crafted chocolate tree by master chocolate chef Nicolas Cloiseu costs a cool £800. Available at Harrods.
9. Woo your loved-one with a ride on the London Eye by plumping for the Champagne Experience (£35), which includes a glass of bubbles.
10. Pay homage to London's iconic transport system by checking out our Official London Underground merchandise, from posters to Mind The Gap t-shirts.
11. Spoil that someone special with afternoon tea at upmarket department store Fortnum & Mason, where guests can gorge on dainty finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and patisseries.
12. Experience the magic of a West End show by booking theatre tickets and a hotel together. There are deals to a range of top shows, from The Lion King to Miss Saigon.
13. Make Christmas special by booking a table at a Michelin-starred restaurant, such as French eatery Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester or Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.
14. Lovers of luxury will appreciate a dinner cruise on the River Thames where you can enjoy luscious food, fabulous entertainment and gorgeous views.
15. For toys galore, head to Hamleys, the world's most famous toyshop. According to Hamleys, the most wanted Christmas toys for 2014 include ice-skating Anna and Elsa from Frozen (£30) and Teksta T-Rex (£59.99).
16. ZSL London Zoo has a selection of grrr-eat gifts for all the family. Make magical memories with a VIP Meet the Animals (£45) encounter where kids can get up-close with the monkeys. Alternatively, over-16s can be a Keeper for a Day (£280), where they can feed the giraffes, muck out the rhino and clean the penguin pool.
17. London's museum shops are great for quirky stocking fillers, especially the Science Museum, the V&A and the Natural History Museum.
18. For a timeless, quintessentially English gift, head to Liberty for a Liberty scarf or Liberty shirt in one of the department store's classic prints.
19. Oozing Parisian chic, the Laduree Hat Box (£195) is jam-packed with stylish products, including salted caramel sauce, sugared almonds and hot chocolate. Available from Harrods, this hat box will be devoured by anyone with a sweet tooth.
20. Present your beau with sightseeing city card, The London Pass, to give them free entry to more than 60 top city attractions, including Westminster Abbey and Tower of London.