Are you visiting London? And wondering what the best British souvenirs from London look like? Great, you’re in the right place!
We’ve lived in the south of England nearly our whole lives and we’ve spent many, many weekends exploring London and its top sights… and shops!
From posh tea and world-famous fabric to anything Harry Potter, Paddington Bear or Sherlock Holmes-related, here’s our list of what you should buy during your next trip to London. We hope you find it helpful!
Psst! If you’re really into your food, then you might also want to check out our list of the best British food souvenirs.
20+ British Souvenirs From London To Add To Your Shopping List
Britain’s national drink has been tea since the early 17th century.
It’s said that the average British person drinks 876 cups of tea per year (that’s enough to fill two whole bathtubs)! We simply can’t get enough of the stuff.
While you could pick up a pack of tea from any local supermarket or corner shop, you’re in London – where only the poshest teas will suffice.
Where To Buy British Tea Souvenirs in London
Head to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly or Whittard in London Bridge and feast your eyes on a myriad of flavours and teas in pretty packaging. You might even want to treat yourself to a coordinating tea set while you’re there.
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Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Chocolate
Cadbury in the UK is like Hershey’s or Reese’s in the US. It’s our go-to chocolate and has a rich history in Britain, which means it’s also one of the best food souvenirs from London you can buy.
The company was established in Birmingham, England in 1824 by John Cadbury and is now considered to be our national chocolate.
Are you visiting London (or the UK) in the run-up to or during Easter? Be sure to look out for Cadbury’s Creme Eggs.
They’re gooey, sweet and messy – and a must at this time of year.
Why? Because they’re not available throughout the rest of the year (although I’d happily buy them year-round if I could).
Where To Buy Cadbury’s Chocolate Souvenirs in London
Head to any supermarket and you’ll find Cadbury’s chocolate. Easy peasy.
Harrods Christmas Bear
No first-time visit to London is complete without a trip to Harrods – especially at Christmastime when you can see this iconic building decked out with hundreds of twinkling lights outside and a plethora of gorgeous decorations inside.
When souvenir shopping, you can’t go wrong with anything you buy from Harrods (although you may have to spend a pretty penny for the pleasure of doing so).
If you happen to be visiting Harrods in the run-up to Christmas, then their annual Christmas teddy bear must surely be on your London souvenir list.
Harrods has launched a new bear every Christmas since 1906, and thankfully, they’re not too expensive considering Harrods is selling them.
London Themed Christmas Ornaments
Speaking of Christmas, a London-themed ornament for your Christmas tree is a great souvenir as you’ll be able to relive the memories from your trip every year.
When looking for your very own London-themed Christmas ornament, consider buying ornaments featuring any of the following:
- Black mini cabs
- Red telephone boxes
- Double-decker buses
- Red post boxes
- Big Ben
- Corgis (our Queen is famous for them)
- Anything with a Union Jack on it
Where To Buy London-Themed Christmas Ornaments
There are lots of places where you can buy your ornaments from.
But our top picks in London would be any of these fabulous stores (all of which usually have a good range of London-themed Christmas ornaments):
- John Lewis
- Liberty London
- Tower Bridge Gift Shop
- The National Gallery Gift Shop
- Any of the gift shops managed by Historic Royal Palaces
Liberty London Fabric
Ahh, Liberty London… where luxurious designer fabrics reminiscent of days gone by await.
Their fabrics might be pricey, but they’re high quality and feature amazing patterns and prints (especially if you like florals or vintage-inspired fabrics).
Do you love Liberty’s fabrics but are not a fan of craft or DIY projects?
Head to the Liberty London store on Regent Street anyway and treat yourself to some of their home furnishings, which – of course – feature their iconic designs and fabrics.
Just note that they certainly don’t come cheap!
Sherlock Holmes Souvenirs
Sherlock Holmes is a world-famous fictional character invented by the British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In the novels (and movies), Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street in London, which is a Sherlock Holmes Museum in real life today.
Alongside his trusty sidekick, Watson, Holmes solves mysterious crimes throughout London, which is probably why there are plenty of Sherlock Holmes tours in the city.
From books and puzzles to pipe-wielding teddy bears and even gin, there are plenty of Sherlock Holmes-themed souvenirs to interest you.
Where To Buy Sherlock Holmes Souvenirs
Although you can buy plenty of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia online, nothing beats buying an authentic souvenir from the Sherlock Holmes Museum on 221B Baker Street.
British Real Ales or No 3 Gin
The UK has the nickname “Boozy Britain” for a reason. Many Brits pride themselves on how much they can drink and the many alcohols created here.
While Scott and I aren’t big drinkers, if you’re looking for an alcoholic souvenir from London, then we’d suggest hunting for British real ales or No 3 Gin.
First coined in the UK in the 1970s, “real ale” is said to be a beer brewed from traditional ingredients, such as malted barley, hops, water and yeast.
On the other hand, No 3 Gin is an award-winning London dry gin, which is supposed to balance three flavours: juniper, citrus and spice.
Where To Buy British Ales and Gins
No 3 Gin is available at selected stores and online, such as Waitrose, The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt.
While British real ales can be found online and in many bars and supermarkets in London and across the UK. Here are some top brands you might want to look out for.
Harry Potter Souvenirs
I suspect Harry Potter needs no introduction. This is another world-famous literary creation to come out of Britain, and once again, there are plenty of things to do in London that are Harry Potter-themed.
This means you’ll likely have plenty of Harry Potter souvenirs on your shopping list when in London.
From chocolate frogs and Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to magical wands and time turners and everything in between, you’ll have a lot of fun searching for Harry Potter souvenirs in London.
Where To Buy Harry Potter Souvenirs
There are lots of places in London to buy Harry Potter souvenirs. But if we had to narrow it down for you, then we’d suggest going to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour in Leavesden, The Harry Potter Shop at King’s Cross Station and House of MinaLima in Soho.
Toys From Hamleys
Similar to Harrods, Hamleys is another infamous British institution.
Hamleys was originally called Noah’s Ark. This was in 1760 – can you believe it? But by 1837, the shop’s name had changed to Hamleys and was already a famous landmark in London and nicknamed the “joy emporium”.
Today, head over to Hamleys’ flagship store on Regent Street and be prepared to be amazed by towering giraffes, giant teddy bears, glitzy carousels, posh toy sports cars and more. It’s a must-see whether you’re buying a souvenir or just browsing.
Notting Hill Bookshop Tote Bag
Have you seen the charming and quintessentially British romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts? You know… the one where Hugh’s character owns a tiny little travel bookshop in Notting Hill?
Well, if you haven’t, you should. It’s a British classic.
And if you have, then you’ll probably want to visit the shop in Notting Hill, am I right?
In real life, this shop is indeed a bookshop!
The Notting Hill Bookshop found close to Portobello Road opened in 1979 and was originally a travel bookshop – just like in the movie. But since 2011, they’ve broadened their selection to include a range of books and genres.
Either way, it’s well worth browsing through their books – if only to walk in the footsteps of Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
While you’re there, why not pick up a book and a Notting Hill Bookshop tote bag as a souvenir?
Where To Buy Your Very Own Notting Hill Bookshop Tote Bag
While you can buy a tote bag and some books online from this shop, nothing beats physically going to this cute Notting Hill filming location.
London Souvenir Umbrella
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that it rains a lot in the UK. So you might like to buy an umbrella as a souvenir – for both practical reasons and to make fun of the situation.
An umbrella is also one of the most practical and cheap London souvenirs you can buy in the city.
Where To Buy London Souvenir Umbrellas
Head to any good London souvenir shop or stand and you’ll likely find plenty of London-themed umbrellas. As you might’ve guessed, there are lots of souvenir shops in London.
You might not realise this, but various cosmetics brands were established in London and the UK.
If you enjoy pampering yourself with lotions and potions and makeup, then you might like to treat yourself to these British cosmetics brands:
- Charlotte Tilbury
- Sanctuary Spa
- Neal’s Yard Remedies
- The Body Shop
- Molton Brown
- Jo Malone
Where To Buy British Cosmetics
Most of these cosmetics can be bought online, but almost all of them have flagship and smaller stores in London. You can also head to places like Superdrug, Boots and Selfridges to stock up.
To Home From London Handmade Gifts
If you’re looking for London souvenir ideas and you also want to support local artists, then you’ll love what To Home From London have to offer.
This local company is owned by a creative couple who do all their own designs.
From mugs and coasters to art prints and greeting cards and everything in between, you’re sure to find a fabulous new souvenir to add to your collection.
Where To Buy To Home From London Gifts
To Home From London have a flagship store in Camden Lock Market or you can buy their products online directly from their website. They also currently have some of their products listed on Etsy.
London Underground Souvenirs
Did you know the London Underground is over 50 years old?
The Metropolitan line opened in 1863 and the underground is now the most common way for people to travel around the city.
Not only is the underground historic, but it’s now so synonymous with the UK’s capital city that it adorns all kinds of British souvenirs.
Once again, you’ve got lots of choices for what kind of souvenir to buy.
From maps of the tube lines splashed across coasters, greeting cards and art prints to Christmas tree ornaments, cushions and cufflinks depicting the symbol of the underground, you’re sure to find something cool and interesting.
Where To Buy London Underground Souvenirs
While many online shops and stores across London sell souvenirs related to the underground, the London Transport Museum might just be the best place to go for the largest range of items available.
There are a lot of people in the UK who believe football is also a big part of our culture.
If you’re also a football fan then you might like to buy a scarf which supports London-based football clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Fulham, Crystal Palace and more.
This is especially true if you’re heading to a football game while you’re in London. You’ll fit right in!
Where To Buy British Football Scarves
You can find most football scarves online, and of course, you can buy them as a souvenir at a football game. But you might also want to find a Sports Direct, which sells some of the club scarves.
Buckingham Palace Souvenirs
I have yet to find a first-timer’s London bucket list that doesn’t mention Buckingham Palace aka the administrative headquarters of our great Queen.
This means it makes total sense, then, for a Buckingham Palace souvenir to be on your shopping list.
From homewares and jewellery to food and drink, Buckingham Palace (and the Queen and her corgis for that matter) adorn many a souvenir. Have fun deciding which ones you’d like to purchase!
Where To Buy Buckingham Palace Souvenirs
Once again, many stores and museums across London have Buckingham Palace souvenirs in stock. But the “Royal Shops” stock some of the best and most authentic Buckingham Palace souvenirs.
Paddington Bear Souvenirs
You might be sensing a theme here, but Paddington Bear is yet another infamous British character born out of literature.
There’s even a statue of him at Paddington Station!
Who wouldn’t love to take home their very own Paddington Bear as a souvenir from London? Not only is he adorable, but he now plays a large part in British culture and history.
Where To Buy Paddington Bear Souvenirs
Once again, you can find Paddington Bear souvenirs almost anywhere in London. But you might also want to check out the Paddington Store for the largest range of souvenirs depicting our favourite marmalade sandwich-eating teddy bear.
You might have seen London’s Biscuiteers store splashed across Instagram already. After all, their shop looks as pretty as a picture.
Their collection of luxury hand-iced biscuits is extensive and are now loved the world over, which makes them a delicious souvenir to take home with you.
Where To Buy Biscuiteers Biscuits
Biscuiteers are stocked in various shops in London such as Anthropologie, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols to name just a few. But nothing beats visiting their beautiful flagship store in Notting Hill.
Peggy Porschen Cakes
Founded in luxurious Belgravia, Peggy Porschen is yet another Insta-famous institution.
Her pretty-in-pink bakeries are exceedingly popular while her cakes look divine. Go on… treat yourself!
Where To Buy Peggy Porschen Cakes
There are Peggy Porcschen parlours in both Belgravia and Chelsea, but Belgravia is the flagship one.
Beautiful Items From British Fashion Houses
There are many world-renowned British designers out there, and if you love fashion, then owning an item from one of them is the perfect souvenir for you!
Here are some fabulous British brands and designers to keep an eye out for:
- Cath Kidston
- Alexander McQueen
- Rigby & Peller
- Paul Smith
- Vivienne Westwood
Where To Buy British Clothing & Accessories
Many of the brands and designers mentioned above have stores in London, but you should also be able to find many of their products in iconic stores such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Harrods among others.
And there you have it! Over 20 of the best British souvenirs from London. Now you just have to decide which ones should be at the top of your shopping list!
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