Saturday, 19 December 2015

35 Essential #London Shops for #Christmas Selected For You by London Walks Guides #XmasInLondon

Our London Christmas Shopping series has drawn to a close - only SIX shopping days after today!

Here, we round up all 35 (!) of our shopping posts from the past few weeks in one post.

Click the links below to find reviews & directions to our 35 favourite London shopping destinations – we've pretty much covered London from Vauxhall to Bloomsbury and back, with famous emporia and one-off, unique boutiques all in the mix.

As an intro, to get you in the Xmas shopping mood, we start with our London Walks Christmas Podcast which this year comes from London's loveliest shopping street, Cecil Court WC2…

Happy shopping!

1. John Lewis Roof Garden – Magical views. Oxford Street

2. Camden Market – Vintage, Doc Martens, music & collectibles. Camden Town

3. Porterford Butcher – Traditional butchers. Bow Lane

4. Pullens Yards - Artists' studios. Kennington.

5. The Royal Exchange – A posh mall. The City

6. Hornets – Vintage for gents. Kensington

7. Royal Arcade – Another posh mall. Mayfair

8. Old Operating Theatre Museum Shop – Gifts gruesome & fascinating. Southwark

9 & 10. Paxtons & Berry Bross Posh cheese, posh wine. St James's

11. Books For Cooks – Yup. Cook books. Notting Hill

12. Gerry's – Booze. Soho

13. Card Aid – Charity Christmas cards. London churches

14. Reckless Records – Second hand records and CD's. Soho

15. Fopp Records – New Records & CD's. Seven Dials

16. The Button Queen – Buttons, buttons and more buttons! Marylebone

17. Brunel Museum – Books & gifts. Rotherhithe

18 & 19. Charbonnel et Walker & Floris Posh choccies & smellies! St James's

20. LASSCO – Architectural salvage, antiques, unusual gifts. Vauxhall

21. The Rock'n'Roll London Comic Book – A comic book & self-guided walking tour. Online

22. Marchpane – Beautiful kids books. Cecil Court

23. Pollock's Toy Museum – Lovely toys. Fitzrovia

24. St Bride's Church – Books & stationery. Fleet Street

25. Fortnum & Mason – Fancy foods. Piccadilly

26. Prestat – Yet more posh choccies. St James's

27. Tower of London Shop – Gifts & books. Tower Hill

28.  The Hunterian Shop – More fascinating (and gruesome) gifts. Lincoln's Inn Fields

29. Parliament Shop – Political books & gifts. Westminster

30. South Bank Book Market – Second hand books. South Bank

31. Vintage Magazine Shop – Old mags & movie memorabilia. Soho

32. Karen's London Walks – The Royal London book. Online

33. Orbital Comics – Comic books. Off-Charing Cross Road

34. James Smith & Son – Posh brollies and sticks. New Oxford Street

35. London Review Bookshop – Books and a most friendly welcome! Bloomsbury

Christmas 2015 With London Walks

The Amazing Old Shops Walk takes place on the 19th December – meet Judy at Green Park Station at 10:45a.m

The Christmas Lights & Seasonal Cheer Pub Walk takes place on the 19th December meet at Embankment Tube 7:15p.m

On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks:

Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square

Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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