L-town shopping for any budget

For your convenience, I’ve sorted the London shopping scene into the following three categories:

  • Cash-is-burning-a-hole-in-my-(designer)-pocket
  • Willing-to-fork-over-moolah-if-the-souvenir-is-right
  • Spent-my-last-cent-on-that-EasyJet-ticket

Cash-is-burning-a-hole-in-my-(designer)-pocket

Fancy playing chess on a £2,500.00 chess set? Wanna try on swimwear for £675.00, see a £525.00 lighter, or wonder what 10-year-old gets to sport a jacket which costs more than my monthly rent in Madrid? Make yourself sick at the thought of so much luxury–get thee to Harrods.

With our powers combined…

Can I touch that?

Vespa = wasp in Italian

Willing-to-fork-over-moolah-if-the-souvenir-is-right

Temporarily scratch everything I said about Harrods. Turn back and grab some loose-leaf tea or bulk coffee, possibly the only items you can fathom actually touching without fear of bankruptcy in this mother of all department stores.

Fancy a brew?

If Harrods isn’t your cup of tea, head to Camden Market. Besides typical souvenirs of mini phone-booths and double-decker buses, you’ll find alternative clothes, outlandish accessories, and–bonus!–plenty of people-watching.

Scores of shoppers can point you toward Camden

Spent-my-last-cent-on-that-EasyJet-ticket

Regent’s Park photo shoot

For the truly broke, head to any park and shoot a zillion photos. Other than the camera and your friend’s patience, it costs zilch!

Not-as-squished-as-I-thought-it’d-be-box-of-tea

Additionally, hit up Sainsbury’s, Tesco, or any other British supermarket and buy typical goods there. Then, finish window-shopping and smile at the thought of saved pocket-change going to your next English adventure.

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2 Comments

  1. Laughed at the pictures! Just around the corner is Liberty, which has lovely things for crafters.

    Just curious, where did you stay? Audrey S and I are doing the Tough Mudder next month and are trying to find a place. Thanks, dear!

  2. Cassandra

    Ohhh, wish I’d known about Liberty!!

    Tough-Mudding, you say?! VAYA. I actually stayed with a friend so I have no hostel recs. Hit up Miss Solarte, though, she was also in London and may have a suggestion up her sleeve.

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