Popular English Souvenirs
As the second most visited city in the world, London is a shopper's delight. The city is filled with popular souvenirs and gifts that you can bring home to your friends and family. From bustling Oxford Street, to the lively King’s Road, shopping is an essential part of a traveler’s experience. You'll encounter endless options, but below is our list of picks to ensure you come home from your vacation with unique and original British products.
Luxury Tea from Fortnum & Mason
Located right in Piccadilly, Fortnum & Mason is an essential place to visit for all your tea-related needs. A classic British souvenir, the wide selection of high quality teas that this living museum has to offer will surely impress your friends and family when you invite them over to show them what a traditional afternoon tea is like. Only made from the best ingredients, this classic British staple is taken to another level with Fortnum & Mason’s unique variety of gourmet teas.
If you're looking for stylish eye-catching souvenirs, stop by the iconic Liberty Department Store to pick up some luxurious goods to take home with you from your trip. Between fashion, cosmetics, and interior design, the Liberty brand dates back to the 19th century, and its various pieces are instantly recognizable due to their fashion forward patterns and prints. Choose from quality button down shirts, scarves, and watches in a range of contemporary designs, and unique styles.
Jensen’s Distilled Gin
For those who consider themselves spirit connoisseurs, there is no better souvenir to take home than a bottle of Jensen’s Distilled Gin. Distilled in small batches, and replicating old style London gin, Jensen’s Dry Gin is naturally sweetened, while the Old Tom Gin is unsweetened and earthy. While London is considered a great producer of this type of spirit, Jensen’s is one of the only London Dry Gins that’s actually produced in the magnificent capital city.
Teapot and Teacups
Bring home a piece of British tradition by purchasing your very own teapot or tea cups found in a variety of stores throughout London. Visit Harrods if you’re in search of a high quality designer teapot, or browse through John Lewis to find something nicely designed yet a little more affordable. These beautiful delicate pieces can serve as ornaments, or as practical and functional dishes to use on any occasion.
Locally Made Products from Ben’s House
Ben’s House is a small shop located near the Warren Street Station that sells a variety of foods and other products that are all locally made. Offering various kinds of beer, wine, cheese, magazines, homeware, and cured meats, you’ll find no shortage of unique souvenirs that you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else in the world. All sourced from London, anything bought from Ben’s house will make for an authentic and original gift.
Oyster Card and London Underground Map
Unique to London and a personal reminder of your travel experiences, hold onto your Oyster card and London Underground map to take home with you after your trip has ended. Since you will probably acquire both of these things to travel around the city quickly and efficiently, these memorable souvenirs will come at no extra cost, and will constantly remind you of your unforgettable experiences and travels through the city of London.
English Butterscotch Biscuits
One of the most popular souvenirs and gifts from London, English Butterscotch Biscuits from Harrods will satisfy just about everyone who tries them. Made from the finest of ingredients and presented in a beautifully decorated souvenir tin, your memories of your trip to England will stay alive even after you have devoured the last of the delicious buttery cookies.
The birthplace of some of the world’s most talented and iconic artists, London is a historical landmark when it comes to music, making vinyl records a popular British souvenir. Browse through a few of the city’s many vinyl stores for your favorite artists such as The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, and many more. Even if you don’t own a record player at home, these classic vinyls will look beautiful framed and hung up on your wall.
James Smith & Son’s Umbrella
Open since 1830, James Smith & Son’s is a world famous Victorian shop that only sells long lasting and luxurious umbrellas and walking sticks. Stop by and pick out an exclusive and unique souvenir that will offer you an elegant solution to the rainy and unpredictable English weather. What better way to be reminded of your trip by pulling out your very own London made “Brolly” on a rainy day at home.
There’s no better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than indulging in the famous British-made Cadbury Chocolate. For decades, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate bars have made their mark in the realm of chocolate, gaining popularity worldwide. You can find a wide variety of these delicious sweets at any British supermarket. Stock up on these souvenirs of great value to share with your friends and family upon your return from your unforgettable trip to England.