Shops in oxford england: Oxford Shopping Guide – Daily Info

Содержание

23 Places To Visit In Oxford, England

I love Oxford. My sister Rosie studied Spanish & French at Exeter College, and my boyfriend Matt did History at Somerville (look out for some great History facts from him in this post). After that my friend Kerry studied at Oxford Brookes, then coached the rowing team at Magdalen, and one of my oldest friends Emma now lives in Headington and works at the hospital. So I’ve been to Oxford many times over the years, and been taken to all the best haunts.

Walking along Oxford High Street.

One of my favourite things about Oxford is that all the streets are picturesque, even the back alleys. There are colleges all over the place, as well as churches and museums, all of them working together to make Oxford one of the most beautiful cities in England.

Left: University Church of St Mary. Right: Brasenose College.

Of course there’s absolutely shedloads to see and do, but here is a short list of my favourite places.

I’ve enlisted the help of my friend Dan, photographer and another Oxford resident, to pad out this post with some of his beautiful shots of the city.

What to do in Oxford

Christ Church College

There are loads of reasons to visit Christ Church College while you’re in Oxford. It was founded by Henry VIII, it’s one of the largest colleges in the university, and the second wealthiest (behind St John’s). The quad is the largest in Oxford, the belltower over the main gate was designed by Christopher Wren, and the dining hall was used as the seat of parliament during the English Civil War. Add the fact that it was the filming location for the early Harry Potter movies and the film adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights, and you’ve got a first class tourist attraction.

Left: Tom Tower over the main gate into Christ Church college. Right: Tourists queued up.

And that’s why you’ll have to queue to get in and pay £10 for the privilege. If you have a friend or relative who’s a student at Oxford, use the opportunity to tag along with them for a visit.

Left: Christ Church Memorial Gardens. Right: The side of Christ Church from Broad Walk.

The Covered Market

The Covered Market off the High Street in Oxford has been open since 1774! It’s full of food stalls including sweet shops, butchers, greengrocers, bakeries and sandwich shops, as well as jewellery, souvenirs and vintage clothing. It’s a great place to shelter from the hot sun or pouring rain, although it can get very busy!

Two of the alleyways in the Covered Market.

Blackwell’s Bookshop

The chain of Blackwell’s bookshops was founded in Oxford, and you can visit that very first shop on Broad Street. The exterior is deceptively small, as the shop goes underground and spreads out to either side of the shop and even under Trinity College next door!

Sheldonian Theatre

The beautiful Sheldonian Theatre is often the venue for music concerts, but you can enter as a visitor and go up into the cupola in the centre of the roof to get amazing views of Oxford.

Bodleian Library

Known as “the Bod” to students, the Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and the second largest in Britain, with over 12 million items. Since 2003 it’s been a legal requirement for the Bodleian to get a copy of every new book published!

The gargoyles on the Bod are worth looking up for. Stand at the end of New College Lane and look at the one second from left, and you’ll see two dogs caught in a compromising position. Local legend says these horny hounds were left here by a disgruntled architect who had been underpaid for his work. 

Matt

Radcliffe Camera

The Radcliffe Camera sits at the centre of a square between the Bodleian Library, St Mary’s Church, Brasenose College and All Souls College, and serves as a reading room for the Bodleian. The only way to go inside is on an extended tour of the libraries, but the outside is beautiful enough to be worth the trip!

Christ Church Meadow

If you find yourself in Oxford on a hot summer day, you must make your way immediately to the Christ Church Meadow which runs alongside the River Thames.

Christ Church College from the memorial gardens.

You can access the meadow from Abingdon Road via the Christ Church Memorial Gardens, or from the High Street past Merton College.

Left: Merton Road. Right: Merton College via Grove Walk.

Boats of all kinds are trundling up and down the river next to Christ Church Meadow, from rowing boats and paddle boats to tour boats and canal boats. During summer, students and locals lie on the grass, have picnics and barbecues, and try to fend off the geese.

Left: The Thames Riverbank in the Christ Church meadows. Right: Cruise boats on the river.

If you keep walking you’ll cross a bridge and find yourself on Boathouse Island, where all the colleges have their boathouses. The jetties are perfect places to relax with a drink and dangle your legs in the water – provided they aren’t being used of course.

Left: Chilling on a jetty. Right: The bridge to Boathouse Island.

Museum of Natural History

Matt took me to the Museum of Natural History on a weekend trip to Oxford for our second anniversary. It’s a great place to go no matter how old you are, but it’s perfect for kids who like dinosaurs.

If you have time head to the Pitt Rivers Museum at the back of the main room. It’s an extensive collection of ethnographic oddities from around the world, like shrunken heads, curses, and witches ladders. 

Matt

The Ashmoleon

Housing drawings by Da Vinci and Michelangelo, paintings by Picasso and Turner, biblical manuscripts, Lawrence of Arabia’s ceremonial dress and Guy Fawkes’ lantern, the Ashmoleon is another museum that’s great for a family trip.

Look out for the Alfred Jewel in the Anglo-Saxon section. It’s a gold and rock crystal masterpiece dating from the 9th Century AD under the reign of Alfred the Great. It’s inscription – “Alfred ordered me to be made” – symbolises the king’s authority and makes this artefact one of the oldest surviving indications of royal authority in what was to become England.

Matt

Westgate Shopping

Recently unveiled, the new Westgate shopping centre is predicted to totally revitalise shopping in Oxford town centre.

Main entrance to Westgate from Bonn Square.

You guys know that I prefer online shopping a lot more, I’m always visiting websites like Raise to find discounts but I have been a couple of times it’s probably one of my favourite shopping centres, compared to the crowds in London’s Westfield and the dated modernity of West Quay in Southampton (also why are all these shopping centres in the west?). Not only does it have the standard shops, it’s also got lots of trendy restaurants and one of those plush premium cinemas in the roof.

The Blavatnik School of Government

This building is so unusual I thought it was worth adding to the list. It was designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron “to promote open discussion, interaction and collaboration”. Construction finished in 2015, and it received a RIBA National Award in 2016. Its design and height makes it very distinctive from all the other buildings around – pop along to Jericho and check it out.

Where to eat

There are loads of great places to eat in Oxford, but here are some of my favourites that I’ve been taken to by Matt, Rosie and Emma.

Pierre Victoire Restaurant

Matt took me to Pierre Victoire on our weekend in Oxford to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. This authentically French restaurant stands on Little Clarendon Street, with strings of lights hanging over head. We ate in the tiny second floor with only about eight other diners, creating a really intimate atmosphere. We were also the youngest by a fair amount – this would definitely be a good place to take your parents.

Left: Little Clarendon Street. Right: Selfie inside Pierre Victoire.

Our evening was actually filled with drama. That intimate space I mentioned meant we all had first row seats to an intense argument between one of the couples – “I saw you flirting with her! Don’t lie to me!” “Darling I’d never do such a thing, you know I’ll never stop loving you!” – so drunkenly absorbed in themselves that the rest of us were slightly dismayed, unable to ignore them if we tried.

Not to be upstaged, I promptly spilt my red wine all over the table.

Al-Andalus Tapas Bar

Also on Little Clarendon Street, Al-Andalus has some seriously tasty tapas. Charred padron peppers glittering with sea salt, fluffy croquettes with crunchy golden crusts, buttery goats cheese deep-fried and drizzled with honey… We had so much we could burst. And at the end of the night we had a lovely chat with the Bar’s in house Flamenco dancer about our upcoming trip to Seville.

Good food and friendly people, what more could you ask for?

The Mitre Inn

I won’t lie to you, we chose The Mitre for lunch on our girls’ weekend in Oxford because it was showing the world cup. But the food was very satisfying, with drinks menu was extensive, and the service was great.

Turl Street Kitchen

One of our family’s regular lunchtime haunts while my sister was at Exeter College, Turl Street Kitchen has one of those trendy, no-day-is-the-same menus. As a social enterprise it has lots of sustainable initiatives, uses local and seasonal produce and donates to charity. I’ve heard it has very good breakfast too.

The Old Bookbinders

Another stop on our anniversary trip – The Old Bookbinders in Jericho, a classic cute little English pub. Board games crammed into every shelf and crevice, commemorative beer mats stuck above the bar, lots of exposed wooden beams. I was still full from breakfast, so I controversially had something from the dessert menu – a cheese board! 

The cheeseboard at the Old Bookbinders in Jericho.

G&D’s Cafe

You can’t go to Oxford without trying G&D’s Ice Cream, especially not in the summer. Established in the early 90’s by an Oxford University student (George Stroup, the “G” in the name), each branch served delicious handmade natural ice cream, as well as hot drinks and baked goods.

The menu at G&D’s.

On our girls weekend we visited the G&D’s opposite Christ Church College, and enjoyed our ice creams as we walked down to the river bank.

Left: G&D’s Cafe. Right: Single cone of passionfruit sorbet, double cone of Diam.

Vaults and Garden

Another of our family haunts, the Vaults and Garden Cafe can be found underneath the University Church of St Mary. It’s invariably very busy, but the scones are fantastic buttery crumbly things and makes the queue worth the wait – although the architectural setting is definitely the highlight.

Green’s Cafe

Matt took me to Green’s Cafe for breakfast on our anniversary weekend, where I had a delicious stack of pancakes and a smoothie. The atmosphere in the cafe is very homey, like you should be able to walk in and say “the usual please”, almost as though it’s a secret. If you want to get away from the crowds and the tourists, this is the place.

Where to drink

The Bear Inn

A great choice if you’re after an outside drink, The Bear Inn has a nice patio area at the back with picnic benches in the sun and the shade. We enjoyed a happy afternoon here playing Monopoly deal.

Head of the River

A bit of a honeypot, Head of the River is unsurprisingly popular because of its amazing location on Folly Bridge over the River Thames. If you can fight your way to a table this is a lovely place for a drink in the sun.

Left: Folly Bridge. Right: Head of the River pub.

The Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge is a trendy cocktail bar on Little Clarendon Street. It’s very popular but if you hang around long enough you’ll probably manage to blag yourself one of their comfy cushioned booths.

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope sits on the roundabout at the end of Cowley Road, and has a really nice outdoor area… that we glared at jealously from inside because it was closed.

Verdict

Oxford is such a nice day trip, especially from London – there’s tons to do whether you’re a history buff, a dating couple, a family looking for fun, or a group of friends chilling out.

If you love Oxford too I’d love to know where your favourite hang outs are!

Click to pin it!

51.7520209-1.2577263

Sophie Whitehead

I’m Sophie, a writer and blogger living in London, traveling, eating, and telling you all about it.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Bargain Shopping in Europe: Oxford, England

Dear Peter,

The rain in Spain stayed mainly at the mall and I escaped—off to London for an overnight and then onto Oxford, with its university, High Street and yup, the factory outlet mall.

The pound may be high these days, but that’s why they invented outlet shopping.

Don’t miss the Spanish leg of Sarah’s shopping adventures in Bargain Shopping in Europe: Madrid, Spain.

LOCK ME UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY

It was late when I arrived at the Malmaison Hotel (), but I couldn’t wait to explore. Eat your heart out, Harry Potter.

The hotel began life as the prison of Oxford Castle, which was built around 1070, and has now become a stunning new escape destination. Honest.

Former cells were combined to become spacious guest rooms and suites, and the luxe accommodations all retain the original heavy, metal-studded doors and barred windows.

My room was located in the debtors’ tower, which I found both amusing and a bit foreboding; after all, I was on a shopping quest.

Was my VISA limit at risk?

Looking for savings? Check out this Video Travel Tip: Cheaper European Travel and Are City Cards Worth It?

I planned to run grab a couple of Krispy Kremes for breakfast, as there was a franchise built into the castle wall, about 50 meters from the hotel entrance. (Was it in William the Conqueror’s 1000-year plan to install a doughnut vendor in his castle?)

Unfortunately, this branch keeps strange hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p. m., so donuts weren’t available for breakfast.

PRISON BREAK

It was a gorgeous day, so I checked out of the hotel (loved doing time at the Malmaison) and took an early morning walk. After a brisk stroll through the college quads, I spotted my favorite Boots on Oxford’s High Street (#10). To the locals, Boots is a chemist; to me, it’s a drugstore, a must-do, a way of life. No day in England is complete without a dose of Boots. I’m addicted to their No. 7 mascara and eye pencils, and I always stock up on Protect & Perfect skin creams when I’m in town.

When the serum was introduced a couple of years ago, queues formed daily to buy this magic potent as supplies were sold out within hours. The product is now more readily available, but only at Boots in the UK. I was told that the local demand is still so great that online sales of Protect & Perfect have been postponed indefinitely, and Boots in other countries are not allowed to sell it.

Don’t miss more travel information in our European Travel category. Get unusual ideas for London in our Off the Brochure Travel Guide to London. Or try a Traveling Mom’s Tips for Visiting London With Kids.

SERIOUS SHOPPING

The second stop on my tour of Europe’s Chic Outlet Shopping Villages was Bicester Village (say “Bista”), located in Oxfordshire about 20 minutes by car from Oxford, and an hour away by train from London.

Chiltern Railways offers frequent train service from London Marylebone and Birmingham Moor Street to Bicester North station, where shuttle buses from the outlet village are available.

Like its sister Chic Shopping Outlet properties throughout Europe, Bicester hosts a mix of big-name local designers and international labels. British heroes include Anya Hindmarch, Gieves & Hawkes, Mulberry, Temperley, Thomas Pink and, of course, Burberry; you’ll also find international big names like Bonpoint, Furla, Gucci, Max Mara, Theory, Tod’s, and Zegna.

Don’t miss our International Shopping section for more travel tips.

The good news is I finally found shopping in the UK to be affordable! Using an exchange rate of £1=$1.65, there were great buys in every shop in the village. Beginning at Starbucks, I found my collectible City Mugs for £6.45 (a little more than $10), much less than the $18 I’d paid for one in Madrid. Since I already have a mug from London, I didn’t buy.

At Wolford, I bought tights and leggings for about $15 each, half of what I’d pay in the U.S., and fancy undies were marked down 80 percent at La Perla.

Who cares if they’re from last season? A bra is a bra.

Tod’s had a new collection of styles by Ferrari and I bought some shopping totes at Cath Kidston to give for holiday gifts. Gift wrap designed by Paul Smith was available, but I like to make my own.

That’s why we have shopping bags, right?

Pounds of hugs,
Sarah

Get more London travel tips & information:

By Sarah Lahey for PeterGreenberg. com. Join Suzy Gershman & Sarah Lahey on the road this spring on the “Born to Shop” trip to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from March 10-15, 2010, with an optional Bangkok extension. Guests will stay at the InterContinental Asiana and participate in “In the Know” shopping experiences filled with authentic local experiences and off-the-beaten path venues. For more information, contact Sarah at srlahey @ gmail.com.

Oxford | Robert Dyas

Oxford | Robert Dyas

The store will not work correctly in the case when cookies are disabled.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser.

For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser.

GBP

Store Options

Here at Robert Dyas Oxford we have almost everything from the innovative to the every day, you’ll find everything you need for your home and garden. From cleaning solutions and kitchen essentials to the latest DIY gadgets and gardening must-haves – all at great prices.
The extensive selection of products range from some of the world’s most famous brands through to exciting new start-ups.

About the store

Robert Dyas Oxford is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, just outside one of the city’s main shopping centres.

Here at Robert Dyas we have almost everything you need for your home and garden, from kitchen electricals and cleaning appliances to gardening equipment, DIY tools and ironmongery. It’s a range that encompasses the new, the rare and the necessary, as well as hundreds of great products from household brands.

Come and visit us in store, where you can see our full range of products and our latest special offers.

 

About the area

Oxford is one of the most historical and cultural cities in the country and our Robert Dyas store is tucked away in the middle of all the action.

From shopping to museums. Galleries to coffee shops. It’s all in Oxford.

For ease of getting around why not use one of the city’s park and ride services. Simply drop off your car, hop on the bus and enjoy all the city has to offer.

 

What’s near by

Our store is situated between the two shopping centres the city has to offer. A mere five minute walk from the city’s main car park and even less to the George Street Theatre and Cinema.

 

Services available

Transfer money virtually anywhere in the world with Western Union and send packages and documents worldwide from the DHL Service Point at this store.

 

12 Very Best Things To Do In Oxford, England – Hand Luggage Only

Oxford is one of those cities that I always want to go back to. It’s a place that’s steeped in history, some world-renowned architecture and I think it has some sort of famous university there too? 🤣 Okay, jokes aside, the university is incredible and even if you don’t study there, the colleges are a must-see when in Oxford. That being said, it isn’t just all about the colleges, there are so many of the best things to do in Oxford that you’ll probably be running from pillar to post to see all the spots.

With that being said, I wanted to show you some of my favourite spots and the best things to do in Oxford. It really is a fun, cool, quirky and yummy city to visit. 

Take a look at the best things to do in Oxford. Have the best trip!

1.) Christ Church College

If you are an ardent Harry Potter fan (who isn’t?!) and love gothic architecture, you must visit the Christ Church college in Oxford.

Not only is it one of the oldest (founded in 1525) and largest of all of Oxford’s colleges but it also served as filming locations for the Harry Potter movies (which you can follow on this trail). In fact, the Great Hall of Hogwarts is inspired by its Great Hall. Consider us sold!

Obviously, Christ Church College is much more than Harry Potter, so make sure to stop off at the Tom Tower (the main entrance to Christ Church) and listen for Great Tom that rings 101 times every night at 9:05 pm.

This signifies the first 101 scholars that were admitted to the college and uses Oxford Time that is actually 5 minutes behind the now used, GMT time. Hence 5 minutes after 9 pm.

Oh yeah, it’s also the loudest bell in all of Oxford – so it’s hard to miss it! 🛎

For a great spot to stay at, pop over to the Vanbrugh House Hotel – which is so sumptuous and pretty.

2.) Blenheim Palace 

So, not too far from the city, Blenheim Palace is one incredible palace and grounds you should go and visit for the day. Honestly, words don’t do this palace justice, it’s just on another scale, with the palace itself recognised and protected by UNESCO World Heritage.

Interestingly, this was the home of Winston Churchill and you can still see his locks of hair that hang in the bedroom (it’s slightly weird to see but something you kinda can’t stop looking at).

Make sure to check out the stunning halls, the Column of Victory and explore the epic gardens. If you’re a fan of the TV show of The Royals or Harry Potter (Order of the Phoenix), you might recognise this spot. It really is one of the best things to do in Oxford and certainly a highlight.

For a hotel close by, pop into the local, Crown Inn that also has a yummy restaurant too.

Read our post on Blenheim Palace, here

3.) Thirsty Meeples

So there’s one spot that I love going to in Oxford, that’s even better if some dreary rain follows you to Oxford, that is Thirsty Meeples. It’s a board game cafe that’s literally filled with thousands of board games to play! I swear, I could spend all day here.

Just make sure to book a table in advance as it can get very busy during the weekends, especially. Prices are around £5 per person and you can stay for around 3 hours (much longer too if it’s quiet). Honestly, it’s such a great spot.

Heading to England? Check out these beautiful English towns

4. ) Oxford Castle

If you are a total history buff (yes, that is me if you wondered), you should definitely take one of the tours offered at Oxford Castle. It has a remarkable history and is definitely one of the best things to do in Oxford.

Learn all about the history of this castle with a prison, climb up St. George’s Tower for a stunning view, descend down to the 900-year-old crypt (not as creepy as it sounds), and finally explore the 18th Century prison.

For a truly unique experience and plush stay in an actual (old) prison, you can spend the night at one of the many cells turned rooms at the Malmaison Hotel.

5.) Bodleian Library

Founded in 1598, this magnificent library is one of the oldest libraries in all of Europe and is truly a sight for sore eyes. It really is one of the best things to do in Oxford and a spot that’ll have any bookworm salivating at first sight! 🤣

Make sure to walk around the central quad and the exhibition space or take a guided tour. The library itself also holds the Gough Map which is a medieval map of Great Britain – it’s considered to date back almost 800 years.

Planning a trip around England? Check out these key spots to see

6.) Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum is definitely one of the best things to do in Oxford if you like a little history or anthropology.

This museum houses over half a million objects from different parts of the world and the best part is that it has no interactive displays or computers. Just dim lighting and glass cases that feels like you’ve walked into a private collection – it’s so cool to see.

Oh yeah, make sure to take a peek at the pretty macabre ‘Treatment of Dead Enemies’ collection, too. 

Read more: Our visit to Oxford

7.) Ashmolean Museum

When it comes to museums, Oxford certainly is in abundance and you really won’t struggle to find one you love.

Not only is Ashmolean Museum one of  Britain’s oldest public museums, but it’s also one of the best things to do in Oxford if you want to see some international collections dating all the way back from the 17th Century.

Established in 1683, this museum now houses collections from all over the world including Islamic art, Egyptian mummies, Indian textiles, ancient documents, and many, many more spread across four floors.

Oh yeah, and try the rooftop restaurant for some amazing views too.

Heading to England? Check out these beautiful English towns

8.) Go see the Rad Cam

You cannot go to Oxford and not visit one of the most iconic and possibly most photographed buildings in the city, the Rad Cam (or actually the full name, The Radcliffe Camera).

Built in the 1700s, it’s possibly one of the oldest examples of a round library in England. Every time I visit Oxford, I always have to see the Rad Cam, there’s just something about it. I suppose, like going to London and seeing Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Now, the only real way to go inside the Rad Cam is by joining one extended tours of the Bodleian library that you can book with the library itself.

You can usually book tickets about 2 weeks before your trip and I’d definitely advise doing this as some peak times fill up fast. It really is one of the best things to do in Oxford.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous hotel close by (and near Christchurch) pop into the Museum Hotel, Oxford. You’ll love it.

9.) Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Continuing with the museum spree, here’s one more that you can’t afford to miss and in my humble opinion one of the best things to do in Oxford when it comes to choosing which museums to explore.

The Victorian Gothic architecture of the building itself always gets me, it’s just so beautiful and amazing to see. Add to that the over five million exhibits that include a towering T-rex skeleton and you’ve got yourself one hell of a museum experience.

10.) Magdalen College

Yes, yes, I know I keep harping on about the colleges, but there are so many beautiful ones in Oxford that I know you’ll love.

Set amidst lots of woodlands, it has it’s very own; river walks, private lawns, and a deer park (Say what!), this 1458 college looks like something right out of a fairytale book. Admission charges to enter this college are about £6 (approximately) but well worth it for a little gander – it really is a gorgeous spot.

It’s no wonder that writers like CS Lewis, Oscar Wilde, and Julian Barnes wrote such inspiring works after reading here.

Oh, also, I nearly forgot! Head down to Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and you can actually go punting across the river. It’s fun!

11.) Merton College

Oxford is a haven of historical treasures and I promised I wouldn’t make this just about the colleges but there’s some that you really just have to see.

Just make sure to add Merton College, which is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. Founded in 1264 AD, you can visit the oldest academic library in Europe here as well as get a taste of different architectural styles over the centuries.

Costs for this college are about £3 for entry and totally worth it when you’re in the area.

Again, it really is one of the best things to do in Oxford – to see all that history is just fascinating.

12.) Bridge of Sighs

There’s a few Bridge of Sighs around the world and (don’t judge me) but I always thought this was just in Cambridge that I used to pass every day whilst living there. Anyway, the actual ‘real name’ is Hertford Bridge and is well worth seeing whilst in the area.

Apparently (though, still not too sure about the accuracy of this), the Bridge of Sighs got its name because of the students sighing when passing through during their exams. I tell you if the bridge was named whilst I was there it’d be called the ‘Bridge of Cries’, I swear my University exams were stressful.  🤣

Still, it’s one of the main spots to see and best things to do in Oxford when you’re strolling around the city.

Fancy visiting Cambridge, too? Check out our guide

16 Of The Best Things To Do In Cambridge, England


Check Out The Very Best Of Great Britain!


Join Us Over On Our Instagram…


Pop Over To Our YouTube Channel For Travel Videos!

The Finest Toy Shop in the World

Hamleys – The Finest Toy Shop in the World

The store will not work correctly in the case when cookies are disabled.

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser.

For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser.

We recognize that one order missed or delayed, is one too many.

Over the festive period and given the impact of closures and lockdown, we experienced a huge spike in our online orders. Unfortunately the same reasons also posed serious challenges for our warehouse operations, resulting in a number of deliveries being delayed. We are deeply apologetic for this. There is no one better than Hamleys that understands, what this means to the child.

Our customer service team has been working to resolve these delays and the ensuing enquiries from the customers.

If you are one such customer, please contact our customer service team at www.hamleys.com/contact-us.

Shop By Age

{{/thumbnail_url}}

{{{_highlightResult. name.value}}}

{{#categories_without_path}}
in {{{categories_without_path}}}
{{/categories_without_path}}

{{#_highlightResult.color}}
{{#_highlightResult.color.value}}

{{#categories_without_path}} | {{/categories_without_path}}
Color: {{{_highlightResult.color.value}}}

{{/_highlightResult.color.value}}
{{/_highlightResult.color}}

{{price.GBP.default_formated}}

{{#price.GBP.default_original_formated}}

{{price.GBP.default_original_formated}}

{{/price.GBP.default_original_formated}}
{{#price.GBP.default_tier_formated}}

As low as {{price. GBP.default_tier_formated}}

{{/price.GBP.default_tier_formated}}

90,000 “Everyone swept off the shelves.” Why Britain was scared of hunger

https://ria.ru/20201226/velikobritaniya-1590975684.html

“Everyone was swept off the shelves.” Why Britain was scared of hunger

“Everyone was swept off the shelves.” Why Britain was scared of hunger Why Britain was scared of hunger

Lines for groceries stuck at the border of a truck and a total lockdown – news from London can hardly be called festive.But this is the reality. Christmas … RIA Novosti, 26.12.2020

2020-12-26T08: 00

2020-12-26T08: 00

2020-12-26T08: 00

The spread of coronavirus

in the world

Oxford

wuhan

london

france

uk

EU

/ html / head / meta [@ name = ‘og: title’] / @ content

/ html / head / meta [@ name = ‘og: description ‘] / @ content

https://cdn23. img.ria.ru/images/07e4/0c/18/1590794588_0:308:3094:2048_1920x0_80_0_0_aee06a4ca7cbed09e82d0134a6c54d28.jpg

MOSCOW, December 26 – RIA Novosti, Galiya Ibragimova. Lines for groceries, trucks stuck on the border and total lockdown – news from London can hardly be called festive. But this is the reality. Foggy Albion met Christmas with the fourth, highest level of restrictions. It’s all about a new strain of coronavirus. EU neighbors are saving themselves as best they can and closing their borders. What is happening in the UK, RIA Novosti figured out. Between Heaven and Earth Comparing London to Wuhan in the fall would have seemed ridiculous.But now, when most countries close transport links with England, and trucks with food are in kilometer-long traffic jams on the British border, the similarities are evident. In the spring, the world was also fenced off from the Wuhan virus. The current panic was caused by a new strain. Scientists have found out that the mutated N501Y is more dangerous and infectious than the Chinese one. It spreads much faster, the consequences are unpredictable. In mid-December, the incidence in the UK jumped to forty thousand a day. Doctors hope that the vaccine will cope with this strain, but there are no guarantees.The mutant was also found in neighboring France, Ireland and Belgium. Emannuel Macron, himself recently infected with the coronavirus, closed the border with Great Britain for two days. This caused a stir. A kilometer-long queue of trucks lined up in the port of Dover. Some tried to leave, others – to enter. The situation was aggravated by the fact that it all happened before Christmas. Foreigners working in England are stuck in the queues. They planned to celebrate the holidays at home, but the planes stopped flying. People tried to leave by land transport – and got stuck in traffic jams.France still opened the border. But she established strict rules. To travel deep into Europe, you need to show a negative test. Paris did not explain how to be for those who are already at the cordon. “I need to go to Moldova. I am engaged in transporting vegetables. But the French have slowed down. They demand a test for covid. Where can I get it? They are not allowed to go back, you cannot squeeze into Dover. PCR test. I spend the night in a truck, “- truck driver Nikolay Sirbu tells RIA Novosti.”I had a ticket from London to Brussels on December 22. I wanted to celebrate Christmas with my friends. But the sky was closed. Cars were not allowed for several days. I was stuck between heaven and earth. I sat in the car for two days until I passed the coronavirus test. This is Christmas. I will remember for a long time “, – the Belgian Freddie McFaullen is indignant. The British are shocked too. First of all, they rushed to the shops to stock up on food before the holidays. Rumors spread that the transport blockade would drag on, then food interruptions were guaranteed.And Boris Johnson could not finally agree on the terms of Brexit. On the night of December 31 to January 1, London will officially leave the European Union. Without a new deal, relations would have to be built according to the rules of the World Trade Organization. This means an increase in customs and trade duties, which is disadvantageous for both sides. The UK, which is already experiencing an economic corona crisis, will be particularly affected. London hoped that the EU would preserve benefits for business and would not go on increasing duties. Brussels insisted: no duties – goods, but not services.The British market depends on European consulting to set the rates themselves. Johnson agreed. The biggest fear on Downing Street was taxes on food supplies. In Britain, half of this market is imports. The economy would have sagged even more. But at the last moment we reached a compromise. The text of the deal is two thousand pages long, and no one has yet studied it in detail. Nevertheless, the British breathed a sigh of relief. Many hope that the Christmas holidays will be headache-free. But just in case, they take a place in the queue for groceries in the morning. You never know what else will happen during the holidays. Stolen Christmas “The horror of what’s going on!” Lines of trucks, warnings from officials that food interruptions are possible on holidays. It is not clear who to listen to! Fresh fruits and vegetables are now delivered by air. Manufacturers fear that even after the borders are opened, an emergency will arise and the products in the trucks will rot.Tomatoes, salads, citrus fruits and strawberries are transported by air from Spain and Africa. About 100 tons per week. But for 67 million Great Britain this is not enough, economists point out. The panic continues, the government assures: “There will be no food problems.” Local residents interviewed by RIA Novosti confirm that there is food in the stores. “I read in the newspaper that the Tesco hypermarket chain has introduced restrictions. Allegedly, three packs of eggs, toilet paper and rice are handed out. I succumbed to panic and ran to shop.But there is no excitement. The shelves are full of food. Take as much as you want “, – a resident of London Mariam Avdeeva tells RIA Novosti. The girl notes that the situation is calmer than in spring:” In March, everything was swept off the shelves. I saw people pulling food out of each other’s carts. It’s not like that now. Before Christmas, they always buy a lot. But news of stuck trucks and protracted Brexit negotiations spurred demand. “A resident of the British capital, Anastasia, associates queues in stores with the epidemic situation:” A limited number of people are allowed into supermarkets to maintain social distance.And before Christmas they are stocked up for future use. Moreover, shops are closed on holidays. In order not to stand in queues, I ordered everything online. “There were interruptions with flour in stores where the middle class is shopping, notes Anastasia. Holidays the situation will calm down, the neighbors of Great Britain will open the borders. Sasha Matthews ironically: Boris Johnson promised to save Christmas, there is a deal on Brexit, it remains only to defeat the new strain of covid.

Oxford

Wuhan

London

France

Great Britain

RIA Novosti

[email protected]

7 495 645-6601

FSUE MIA “Russia Today”

–c1acbl2abdlkab1og.xn – p1ai / awards /

2020

RIA Novosti

[email protected]

7 495 645-6601

FSUE MIA “Russia Today”

https: // xn- -c1acbl2abdlkab1og.xn – p1ai / awards /

News

ru-RU

https://ria.ru/docs/about/copyright.html

https: //xn--c1acbl2abdlkab1og.xn--p1ai/

RIA Novosti

[email protected]

7 495 645-6601

FSUE MIA Rossiya Segodnya

https: //xn--c1acbl2abdlkab1og.xn--p1ai/awards/

Rallies for and “against” Brexit in London almost escalated into a fight

Supporters and opponents of Britain’s exit from the EU almost fought on Downing Street in London on the first day of the new Prime Minister Theresa May.

2020-12-26T08: 00

true

PT0M44S

https://cdn24. img.ria.ru/images/07e4/0c/18/1590794588_544:523:2577:2048_1920x0_80_0_0_0_b0af314ac981 News [email protected]

7 495 645-6601

FSUE MIA Rossiya Segodnya

https: //xn--c1acbl2abdlkab1og.xn--p1ai/awards/

RIA Novosti

internet-group @ rian.ru

7 495 645-6601

FSUE MIA “Russia Today”

https: // xn – c1acbl2abdlkab1og.xn – p1ai / awards /

in the world, oxford, wuhan, london, france, uk, european union, tesco, boris johnson, emmanuel macron, covid-19 coronavirus

MOSCOW, December 26 – RIA Novosti, Galiya Ibragimova. Lines for groceries, stuck on the border of a truck and a total lockdown – news from London can hardly be called festive. But this is the reality. Foggy Albion met Christmas with the fourth, highest level of restrictions. It’s all about a new strain of coronavirus.EU neighbors are saving themselves as best they can and closing their borders. What is happening in the UK, RIA Novosti figured out.

Between heaven and earth

Comparing London with Wuhan in the fall would seem ridiculous. But now, when most countries close transport links with England, and trucks with food are in kilometer-long traffic jams on the British border, the similarities are evident. In the spring, the world was also fenced off from the Wuhan virus. The current panic was caused by a new strain.

Scientists have found out that the mutated N501Y is more dangerous and infectious than the Chinese one.It spreads much faster, the consequences are unpredictable. In mid-December, the incidence in the UK jumped to forty thousand a day. Doctors hope that the vaccine will cope with this strain, but there are no guarantees.

The mutant was also found in neighboring France, Ireland and Belgium. Emannuel Macron, himself recently infected with the coronavirus, closed the border with Great Britain for two days. This caused a stir. A kilometer-long queue of trucks lined up in the port of Dover. Some tried to leave, others – to enter.

The situation was aggravated by the fact that it all happened before Christmas. Foreigners working in England are stuck in the queues. They planned to celebrate the holidays at home, but the planes stopped flying. People tried to leave by land transport – and got stuck in traffic jams.

France still opened the border. But she established strict rules. To travel deep into Europe, you need to show a negative test. Paris did not explain how to be for those who are already at the cordon.

“I need to go to Moldova.I am transporting vegetables. But the French slowed down. Requires a covid test. Where can I get it? They are not allowed back, you cannot squeeze into Dover. I phoned the laboratories – everywhere there was a record for two weeks in advance. They won’t even be accommodated in a hotel without a PCR test. I spend the night in a wagon “, – tells RIA Novosti truck driver Nikolay Sirbu.

” I had a ticket from London to Brussels on December 22nd. I wanted to celebrate Christmas with my friends. But the sky was closed. Cars were not allowed for several days. Stuck between heaven and earth.I sat in the car for two days until I passed the coronavirus test. I will remember this Christmas for a long time “, – Belgian Freddie McFaulain is indignant.

There is a deal

The British are also in shock. products guaranteed. And Boris Johnson could not finally agree on the terms of Brexit.

On the night of December 31 to January 1, London will officially leave the European Union.Without a new deal, relations would have to be built according to the rules of the World Trade Organization. This means an increase in customs and trade duties, which is disadvantageous for both sides. The UK, which is already experiencing an economic corona crisis, will be particularly affected.

London hoped that the EU would keep business incentives and would not increase tariffs. Brussels insisted: no duties – goods, but not services. The British market depends on European consulting to set the rates themselves.Johnson agreed.

Downing Street feared taxes on food supplies the most. In Britain, half of this market is imports. The economy would have sagged even more. But at the last moment we reached a compromise.

The text of the transaction is two thousand pages, and no one has yet studied it in detail. Nevertheless, the British breathed a sigh of relief. Many hope that the Christmas holidays will be headache-free. But just in case, they take a place in the queue for groceries in the morning. You never know what else will happen during the holidays.

Stolen Christmas

“The horror is going on!” Sasha Matthews, a resident of Oxford, is indignant in an interview with RIA Novosti. Lines of trucks, warnings from officials that food interruptions are possible on holidays. It is not clear who to listen to! That’s all they run to the shops. ”

Fresh fruits and vegetables are now delivered by air. Manufacturers fear that even after the borders are opened, an emergency will arise and the products in the trucks will rot.Tomatoes, salads, citrus fruits and strawberries are transported by air from Spain and Africa. About 100 tons per week. But for 67 million Great Britain this is not enough, economists point out.

The panic continues, the government assures: “There will be no problems with food.”

Local residents interviewed by RIA Novosti confirm that there is food in stores.

“I read in the newspaper that the Tesco hypermarket chain has introduced restrictions. Allegedly, three packs of eggs, toilet paper and rice are handed out.I succumbed to panic and ran to shop. But there is no excitement. The shelves are full of food. Take as much as you want “, – a resident of London Mariam Avdeeva tells RIA Novosti.

The girl notes that the situation is calmer than in spring:” In March, everything was swept off the shelves. I saw people pulling food out of each other’s carts. It’s not like that now. Before Christmas, they always buy a lot. But news about stuck trucks and protracted negotiations on Brexit spurred demand. “

Anastasia, a resident of the British capital, associates queues in stores with the epidemic situation:” A limited number of people are allowed into supermarkets to maintain social distance.And before Christmas they are stocked up for future use. Moreover, shops are closed on holidays. In order not to stand in queues, I ordered everything online. “

There were interruptions in flour in stores where the middle class is grocery, notes Anastasia. But adds:” And on ordinary days in the evenings or on weekends, food is swept away. “

All our interlocutors hope that after the holidays the situation will calm down, the neighbors of Great Britain will open the borders. Sasha Matthews ironically: Boris Johnson promised to save Christmas, there is a deal on Brexit, all that remains is to defeat the new strain of covid.

90,000 personal experience / Travel. Ru / Great Britain

June 2008
|
Mad Vladimirovich

Since I have already gone through all the stages from purchase to export of goods from the country, then I will answer in order to the questions I asked earlier. I’ll make a reservation that I bought electronics.

1. All goods that you buy can be unpacked and used. If the product is in good working order and everything suits you, then you can get rid of the boxes, i.e.because when returning VAT, no one cares about your boxes, the main thing is that the goods are, which, in principle, are also checked very rarely, but if you buy something for friends who live in England and just want to save a little more, then there is a chance, that nothing will come of it. Although if you chat in broken English and pretend that you don’t understand shit, etc. then most likely all the papers will be issued for you and will not bother with you!

From my experience, the goods should be checked. I bought a MacBook Pro, which actually turned out to be defective and I had to trudge with it to the store and change it to a new one.There were no problems with this, they checked for defects, filled out the necessary papers and replaced them with a new device.

2. Regarding the transportation of several bags, etc. At Heathrow at the moment there seems to be no problems and restrictions on the transportation of several bags, as it was before. Laptops were asked to be laid out and transported in separate baskets. This time everything was extremely simple – I threw my things into a basket, a backpack and a plastic bag with some purchases also into the basket, walked calmly, took my things and ran on.Those. apparently it all depends on some events in the country, the world and so on. Much also depends on which company you are flying with. I flew by Aeroflot, perhaps also because of such light customs control.

3. There are indeed limitations. But if you buy a laptop, photographic equipment for yourself and carry all this without boxes in your backpack, then even if they get to the bottom, they will not prove anything, because when leaving the country, the customs officers themselves will most likely send you to hell if you want to fill out the declaration of the exported equipment. It is rather necessary for people who carry a large amount of all kinds of equipment. Also, in some countries, it is proposed to declare professional photo and video equipment when entering the country, in this case, you already need to know the laws of the country and understand what will threaten you if you are stopped at departure and disassembly begins.

Additionally about VAT.

Different stores have different rules for VAT refunds. I will not describe in detail about different organizations, forms, and so on.I will only say that if you want to return VAT, then you need to buy goods in stores that participate in this movement and will return VAT to you after you leave the country. VAT can be returned as money directly at the airport in the Tax Free refund zone, or they can return the money to your card within a month. If you are issued a Tax Free form in a store for a local VAT refund, then you will be charged a certain amount of money for filling out this form (depending on the store) + they will also take money from you directly at the airport for the same procedure and what you actually have left from this VAT will be returned to you in local currency (it is also possible to return in dollars or in some other currency, depending on the country).

For example, I bought a laptop in London in a John Lewis store, and there they charged me about 37 pounds for issuing a Tax Free form + about 5 more pounds already at the airport, when I was directly refunded in VAT money. And most importantly, if you buy several different things, pay for them, for example, from different cards and you have two or more checks, then you will receive as many pieces of paper as you have checks and, accordingly, they will withdraw money for each registration (the amount, I think , depends on the value of the goods).For example, we paid with one card, but two different checks, because initially they wanted to pay with different cards, but one of them failed to pay and therefore we paid twice with one card, and we were charged about 80 pounds for issuing Tax Free for two purchases.

In another store, where we bought photographic equipment, they issued everything to us in one form and took only 5 pounds for it, but it turned out that according to this form, the money is returned to the card within a month. Those. you can’t get real money at the airport with this form!

The action in this case is as follows.You fill out a form, all your purchases are entered into it, VAT is calculated, you fill in some part of the form yourself (your data, your card number), then after passing through customs control at the airport you go to the same Tax Free registration area and get the coveted stamp on your piece of paper, after which you stomp into another area, where you take the envelope and buy stamps, put all the checks in the envelope, the completed return form (after making all the copies of the documents, you can get lost!), seal the envelope, glue 1 stamp and you throw it into the mailbox, which is in the same zone.After this procedure, sit and wait for the money to fall. Within a month, they should be returned to your card account (for me, about 20 days have passed and nothing has dripped).

This is how things stand if you are thinking of buying something in England and do not want to return some money back. Also, for many companies, for all sorts of cameras, computers, telephones and so on, companies themselves can return money for different promotions, and they write about this in stores. In such cases, you are given some form and an envelope.After the purchase of the goods, the forms are filled in, they are invested in the envelope, and the manufacturer somehow returns the promised amount to you. And do not confuse this with VAT – these are completely different things and one does not interfere with the other!

Oxford Street in London at a glance

Oxford Street is the center of London’s tourist attraction: sooner or later, almost everyone is thrown here. Partly because several tourist routes converge here, partly because it is one of the most famous shopping streets in the world, mentioned in absolutely all travel guides to London, but mainly because shopping here is democratic and within the means of any tourist.

Oxford Street – the busiest shopping street in Europe and one of the longest – almost 2.5 km; it has more than 300 stores offering goods of low and medium price categories.

Oxford Street in London photo

Oxford Street is one of the most visited places in London , one of the main streets of Westminster. Oxford Street is famous for its shops. This is the most famous shopping street in London. More than 100 million people visit this street every year. It sells goods and services worth about $ 10 billion annually.

Together with Regent Street, Bond Street (New Bond Street and Old Bond Street), Park Lane, and many others, this street forms a large neighborhood filled with shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels. Every Christmas, the street is decorated with festive lights. There are especially a lot of people on Oxford Street these days. Traditionally, in November, these lights are turned on by a celebrity. Many people come here at this time not for shopping, but in order to walk in a crowd of festively-minded people.

The most famous stores located here:
Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Selfridges (next to Baker Street), Schuh (shoes), John Lewis, HMV, Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, H&M ( youth clothing at reasonable prices), Zara….

There are many people who call Oxford Street the best shopping street in London, Great Britain, Europe and the World. (Residents of other European cities may have a different opinion and consider other streets to be the best.For example: Champs Elysees in Paris, Via del Corso in Rome, Esplanade Park and Aleksanterinkatu in Helsinki, Tauentzienstrasse in Berlin.)

Information for history buffs: Oxford Street is located on the site of the ancient Roman road “Via Trinobantina”.

Oxford Street in London photo

The history of the origin of Oxford Street

Once there were fields through which the Roman road ran, connecting this region with Colchester (which at the time of the road construction was significantly larger than London).After the transfer of the royal court from the Tower to Westminster in the 16th century, the fields began to be built up with cheap houses, in which a poor population settled.

This street has been the site of public executions for many centuries, so there were few people who wanted to live here, and the buildings began to be used as shops. The street quickly turned into a shopping street, and when public executions stopped, and Queen Victoria demanded to destroy the slums in the city, it flourished altogether.

At the request of the queen, the old buildings were demolished, new modern buildings were built at public expense, and then one by one they were sold inexpensively to various merchants who wanted to start trading.The price was low, so the buildings were quickly sold out despite the neighborhood’s “slum” past. Over the next couple of decades, Oxford Street developed into a bustling shopping street and remains so to this day.

Oxford Street Shopping

Oxford Street is now called a paradise for shopaholics due to the fact that there are hundreds of luxury boutiques, chain stores of European clothing and accessories. It will take more than one day to get around the fashionable establishments and see the latest collections.All the necessary things can be found in one place, without making tedious rushes from one part of the city to another, and this attracts millions of buyers.

To replenish your wardrobe, take a look at the TopShop shopping centers (located on Oxford Circus square – this is the intersection of Regent street and Oxford street), House of Fraser (Oxford street 318), BHS (Oxford street 352-358), Debenhams (Oxford street 334- 348) and other large supermarkets. They always have a huge selection of shoes, clothing, household appliances, electronics.In Britain there are popular stores of the brands Gap (Oxford street 223-225 and 376-378), American Apparel (Oxford street 142-144), Cromwells Madhouse (Oxford street 75) and many others, which can be listed endlessly.

Oxford Street in London photo

When are the Oxford Street sales?

Sales never stop here, as soon as discounts end in some boutiques, prices fall in others. The season of Christmas sales is especially in demand.

Interesting Facts About

Oxford Street

Of course, during the existence of one of the most famous streets in London, many interesting events took place, some of which have gone down in history forever.

Several centuries ago, on the site of present-day Oxford Street, there was practically nothing (there were dilapidated houses of the poor), and in some areas public executions were held. After the executions were canceled, there were very few people wishing to settle this place. Then the dilapidated barracks were demolished, buildings were built in their place, which began to be used as premises for trade.

By the way, the English writer Charles Dickens mentioned Oxford Street several times in his novels. He noted that this is a sparsely built up, poor area. Now it is hard to believe in it, but in the 18th-19th centuries everything really was so.

Another interesting fact that cannot be ignored: in 1962, the manager of The Beatles, Martin Epstein, brought recordings of the songs of the Liverpool Four to the HMV music store. The HMV publisher liked what he heard so much that he called music producer George Martin to arrange a meeting with the musicians.From this, in fact, the path to the success of The Beatles began.

90,000 Oxford Street in London: Shopping Dizziness

Oxford Street, London: Shopping Dizziness

Even if you don’t know London, feet and word of mouth will definitely take you to Oxford Street. This street is no less popular here than Tverskaya in Moscow, Fifth Avenue in New York, Deribasovskaya in Odessa.Dozens of brand stores draw into the shopping cycle, delight tourists with desired purchases, and allow them to spend here not just hours, but even days! The largest Torshop on the planet, fantastic children’s and bookstores, an abundance of fashionable items and accessories … For all this, the townspeople call Oxford Street “ladies’ mile”, because it is simply impossible to find a more desirable place to shop!

Oxford Street begins in the northeastern part of Hyde Park (Westminster, near the Marble Arch) and goes east towards Holborn.Today the street is an integral part of the A40 highway, its length is great – more than two kilometers. There are as many as four tube stations, Marble Arch, Bond Street, Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road, to the Ladies Mile. Straight and wide, during the day it pleases with an extravaganza of shopping, and in the evenings it lights up a sea of ​​lights, urging not to leave, to stay still, enjoying the romance of London at night in a cozy pub … But what are we talking about? Ah, about the pleasant shopping that every fashionista strives to make on Oxford Street.

Getting ready for shopping

To walk along Oxford Street you need a whole day and a certain amount, which you are already in a hurry to part with.We offer a route that only true shopping fans can master, while enjoying every minute:

Selfridges department store

Very expensive and presentable center, which is a block of many shops. Prices “bite”, but it is worth looking here at least to see and ask the price.

Debenhams department store

The oldest and most democratic shopping center in Britain. Here you can find clothes for children and adults, household goods, gadgets that cost just a penny by foreign standards.

John Lewis department store

Buyers joke – John Lewis is for those who are dear at Selfridges and cheap at Debenhams. There is everything here: shoes, cosmetics, clothing, electronics, baby products. Since 2012, the Olympic paraphernalia department has been operating on the top floor.

Regent Street

A sharp turn towards the main rival Oxford Street will allow you to visit the stores of Nike, Gup, Banana republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara and other democratic popular brands.

Apple Store

Paradise for Yablochka fans. Today it is no longer the world’s largest store selling Apple products, but it offers an unobtrusive service, a selection of new gadgets – iPods, iPhones, poppies that can be tested.

Hamleys – toy store

The happiness of children is located on Ridgeon Street, where a family should come for high-quality interesting toys.

Topshop store

We return to Oxford Street to the flagship store of the national chain “Topshop” (near the Oxford Circus metro).There are all the conditions for a successful replenishment of the wardrobe – four floors of clothes for fashionable and novice designers, a hairdresser and a restaurant.

H&M store

Fans of the famous Swedish chain are unlikely to pass by this store. Spacious halls and very small queues will allow you to comfortably start fitting and save a lot of money.

Foyles – bookstore

When handbags, shorts, sandals merge into a continuous kaleidoscope, it’s time to take a break and pay attention to intellectual things.Foyles, located on Charing Cross Road, will help. Shopping areas will captivate with bright publications of various genres!

Neil Street

If you have enough strength, the walk continues! Heading for shoes. The experts know that you can find a great pair at Crocs, Timberland, Camper, Office, Aldo and other stores.

Rest, snack and a little respite 90 130

Take a breath, have a hearty lunch or have a traditional five-o-clock on Oxford Street in small restaurants.True, there are not so many of them here. But an abundance of pubs dominated by beer and whiskey lovers, television sports matches. Here guests will be welcomed, fed and allowed to relax.

Lexter Square is a sweet tooth paradise. The lightest desserts in the Patisserie Valerie, Rendezvous cafes will help you feel the taste of life and make a “fateful decision” to buy another fashionable dress.

Facts

  • More than one hundred million people visit Oxford Street every year.
  • The trade turnover for the year exceeds ten billion US dollars.
  • New Year’s Eve shopping is “wild” discounts and an extravaganza of lights lit by celebrities. At this time, they walk among ordinary mortals, enjoying the atmosphere and the pre-holiday aura.
  • A square meter for renting a retail space in Oxford Street costs at least a thousand euros.
  • Residents of London do not like Oxford Street, Bond Street and other streets filled with tourists and business clerks, explaining that “they will not go there of their own free will.”

Ladies, Gentlemen, and the Squirrel Man

If you are heading towards Oxford Street from the Hyde Park side, you will surely spot smart English ladies and gentlemen walking around. If you are tastefully dressed and combed, this will be indicated by a slight tilt of the head. Do not get lost, answer the same way!

Oxford Street is famous for another fact – for 25 years, starting in 1968, it was the favorite route of Stanley Green, known to the world as the “protein man”.Encouraging people to eat less protein in the name of pacifying the flesh, he handed them booklets of his own composition, where he explained in detail the effect of protein foods on libido, emphasizing that the booklet would be more beneficial if it was picked up and read from time to time. Every day, he traveled more than 15 miles to his favorite street by bicycle, while in old age he traveled to his destination by public transport, which gives the right to free travel.

Stanley’s perseverance has been praised by pop culture.After his death in 1993, the London Museum replenished the funds with author’s pamphlets, booklets, and Green’s name was entered in the dictionary of national biography. They wrote about him as a bitter symbol of the lack of curiosity, forgetfulness of the big city, about a person who was ignored by the stream of people that washed him.

This is what the legendary Oxford Street is like – modern and dynamic, commercial and fashionable. Dreams of perfect shopping come true here. But for the soul? And for the soul, parks, museums, attractions, an oceanarium, and the residences of the rulers of the British capital are open.

90,000 training and recreation. Education in the UK and obtaining visas to England.

Studying in England, in particular, studying in London, is the best way to learn a foreign language, because one month of classes in a country where native English speakers live is equivalent to four to five months of intensive study at home.

Londonmania.RU is not just an Internet site containing information about London, it is a single, coherent and rather interesting story about London, which is divided into logical parts, it is the history of the largest city in Europe, put together.

The Londonmania.RU website contains comprehensive information about the capital of Great Britain – here you can really find everything about London! The life of London in all its details is now available to everyone – London transport, the data required for obtaining visas, the addresses of embassies, a list of interesting sights, many interesting historical details – this is not a complete list of information about London that you will find on the Londonmania.RU portal.

Since you are on your way to London, the Londonmania forum.RU will help you find answers to many questions that arise both from a person who has never been to England and from an experienced “Anglomaniac”. Interested in buying a home in London, opening bank accounts or working in England? Are you planning to organize a vacation in London for yourself and your friends? Just want to chat with people who have been to London more than once or are just going to visit it? Visit the forum about London, created and supported by our company, and you will discover a lot of interesting things, find interlocutors and, possibly, fellow travelers! You will find out that this city can be completely different: club London, cheap London, historic London, educational London! Ask forum users any questions about London, participate in discussions dedicated to the UK.For anyone interested in England, the forum will provide a lot of valuable information.

Even the official website of London and the best portals in the UK are unlikely to provide comprehensive information about London, which is so necessary for our compatriots who are going to study in London, move to permanent residence in England or just visit one of the cities of England on vacation.

A few words about which sections of the site about London may interest you the most.

In the menu item London Transport you can get detailed information on how to quickly and inexpensively get to the city center from the airport or on the cost of travel on buses and underground. The city map and metro map are also located here. In section Visas to England you will learn about the documents required for obtaining a passport and visa.
The Useful Information section contains the address of the British Embassy in Moscow, consulates in St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg,
, as well as the addresses of Russian stores in London and England.
London Attractions are the most famous and interesting places to visit.

How to find work in England , and in particular work in London .

Rubric Stories about London contains the stories of the experienced and will be interesting to get acquainted with life in London and England from the inside. You can send your stories and stories – they will be of interest to everyone who is going to visit the United Kingdom.

And, of course, in the section Photos of London you can find a lot of interesting and funny images, one way or another connected with England and London.

Like everything English? Be sure to visit our partners’ store British Room – English clothing and quality handmade shoes straight from the misty island await you. Also pay attention to selected themed online stores of tweed clothing and traditional English coats – duffle coats.

We hope that on our website about London and England in general, you will find a lot of useful information!

English courses in Moscow, teaching English – language school “Oxford”

Learned English and got a prestigious job

Alexander Sesorov, student of OXFORD

I came to Oxford at the age of 10, still a schoolboy with a very mediocre level of English.I did not think that I would stay here for more than a year, because it was enough for me to tighten my knowledge to a more or less acceptable level, but feeling the progress and seeing the first successes, I decided not to stop there. Fortunately, the teachers at Oxford also liked their work, which also bribed me to stay to study the language at this school. In addition to improving my English, thanks to Oxford, I became interested in international exams and soon passed the Cambridge PET with a good score. Then I was already confident in my level, and the first victories at the Olympiads were also not long in coming.My success was confirmed by the result of the FCE exam, in which I scored 171 points. Before leaving school, I was not at all worried about the Unified State Exam – of course, among the exams I took was English, and I was sure that I would pass it well – again, largely thanks to Dmitry, who had been preparing me for the last year. studying at school. My expectations were fully met, and I passed the exam with 271 points, of which 93 were in English. Having entered the desired university, I did not abandon my studies at Oxford – despite the excellent teacher at the university, one pair a week was not enough for me, I wanted more practice, and besides, I was already a full member of the adult group, where it was interesting to talk to people much older me.The successful completion of the FCE, which I wrote about above, gave me the opportunity to get an automatic “good” grade in English and not attend this subject at all at the university, but I decided that I could do better and continued to study in parallel at Oxford to consolidate the result. Now, at the end of the second year, my English score is 10 out of 10. Unfortunately, I had to part with Oxford temporarily – by the middle of the second year I got a job at Intel, where, of course, knowledge of English was vital, since trainings, documents and in general communication – everything was in English.However, I will not forget that it was thanks to Oxford and, in particular, Dmitry that I reached such a level of knowledge that became a solid foundation for my further success.

90,000 shopping in London, souvenirs and gifts

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, tourists willingly spend money here. In other cities of England, prices are not lower, but almost no one leaves here empty-handed. Connoisseurs of fashion and timeless classics, lovers of good beer and tea, fans of Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes – London, Manchester, Liverpool and other British cities are already waiting for you for shopping!

The national currency of Great Britain is pound sterling (see our converter for the current exchange rate against the ruble).We would advise you to change your money at home. The ruble-euro-pound conversion is very unprofitable. Changing money in England is also not worth it. But if there is such a need, go to a bank or official exchanger. It is best to estimate all expenses in advance and, just in case, take a card with you. Cashless payments in England are more profitable than withdrawing money from ATMs (they charge about two pounds of commission per operation there).

Shopping in England is expensive, so a VAT refund will not be superfluous. Global Blue gives cashback on purchases from £ 30, and Tax Free Worldwide from £ 50.To get your money back, you need to take a check at the checkout counter, fill it out and show it to customs. There are Cash Refund points in Heathrow and Gatwick – they will return the cash to their hands or arrange a transfer to the card.

So, what can you bring from England?


Apparel & Accessories

The sales season in England never stops. London does not lag behind its European neighbors – it always joins the traditional post-Christmas and summer sales. However, some stores often run spontaneous sales at other times.So shopping in London can be profitable at any time of the year – you can’t guess here.

London’s leading shopping centers and shops are located in the city center. The best department store in Birmingham is the Bull Ring, in Liverpool it is Liverpool ONE, in Manchester it is Manchester Arndale.

World fashion

If you are not limited in funds, shopping in the capital of England will be pleasant and comfortable for you. Check out Burberry, Monsoon or Paul Smith boutiques. However, you yourself know everything – famous designers and brands do not need an extra introduction.Do not bypass the shops of little-known London designers. They offer bold pieces and trendsetters around the world.

By the way, prices for things of young and promising London designers are not too high. A shirt or blouse, for example, can be bought for £ 50-60, a bag for £ 30-40. And this despite the fact that many accessories are made in single copies. This, of course, does not apply to world names.

There are good boutiques not only in London. If you have time, you can go shopping to the same York.

See also: TOP-10 British clothing brands

Shopping in Harrods

London Harrods is one of the largest and most prestigious shopping centers in the world. People come here not only for shopping, but also just to take a look at the famous shops. Needless to say, if the department store is the third most visited attraction in the capital of Great Britain.

Particularly popular are the Christmas goods department and the grocery store. In Harrods, you can buy clothes, accessories, electronics, jewelry, sports and beauty products, cute things for the home, souvenirs for all tastes and much more.

Prices here, of course, are high, but this stops few people: the daily traffic of the department store is more than 300 thousand people. If you are on a budget, be sure to check out some shopping in Harrods. Well, we advise budget tourists to at least just walk here. Harrods is located on Brompton Road – you will not pass by, there is always a crowd of people with cameras.

Shopping in Liberty

Real shopaholics should definitely go to the second most popular department store in England – Liberty.Everything here meets the latest fashion. Liberty pays special attention to trends: here you can buy high-class designer items. It sways not only clothes, but also interior items. Lovers of classics in Liberty will also not be bored. This department store has items from the best British and European manufacturers.

There are not too many familiar brands in Liberty, as the department store specializes in rare goods. Prices for everything, of course, are high. Sales in Liberty are infrequent, and discounts during them are almost invisible.The department store is close to Oxford Circus Tube Station.

Flea markets

Do you like vintage? Then you have a direct road to the Camden, Stables or Portobello markets. However, you can safely go to any others. There is a huge selection of all kinds of gizmos, among which you can find real treasures. We’ll have to take time to find something worthwhile among these rubble. But real vintage hunters know it’s worth it.

European brands

If we are talking about the mass market, then buying things in London should only be for those who are looking for something from new collections.The choice here is such that the eyes run up. But the prices are much higher than the European average. So if you are not too big a fan of fashion and you are not looking for new items, it would be wise to refrain from shopping in London. Only sales save the situation – if you’re lucky, things can be bought with 70 percent discounts.

Look for shops of popular European brands on Oxford Street. There are many of them here, and they are all huge. What is one Top Shop – the largest in the world. Even Kate Moss herself drops in for shopping! You can also go to Westfield London – this is a very popular shopping center.

Men

If you are the type of person who believes that every man should have a perfectly tailored suit, buy it in London. There are many tailor shops in this city, where tailors of different classes work. An intermediate master will charge about £ 500 for a suit. At the top tier tailor, you will leave 4-5 times more. To order, you can separately sew shirts, jackets, trousers – any detail of your wardrobe. The largest concentration of tailor shops on Savile Row.

Also, men should pay attention to London accessories.From England you can bring good status watches, ties or bow ties, briefcases. If you are looking for a good gift for a man in London, take a look at these things. Classic fans in England have a lot to choose from.

Scarf

Buying a scarf in London is already a classic. Love style and status? Then head to local designer boutiques. Do you like the landscapes of London? Your gift shop. Scarves in England, like umbrellas, are sold literally on every corner. The simplest ones cost around 5-6 pounds.For an exclusive you will have to pay 100 times more.

Jewelery

Women and girls in London should definitely look into accessory stores and buy trendy jewelery in a classic minimalist or avant-garde style. There are many own brands in England – they are definitely worth taking a closer look at. If traveling to Birmingham, go shopping in the famous Jewelery Quarter. It is considered the largest in Europe, and is located in the very center of the city.


Cosmetics

We advise women and girls to bring quality British cosmetics from London.It cannot be called the most popular in the world, but something still deserves attention.

Care & Beauty

Check out Selfridges & Co for the largest selection. It makes sense to buy both care and decorative cosmetics.

Popular companies include Bamford, ESPA, Elemis, Philip Kingsley, Neom Luxury Organics, John Frieda Collection, Margaret Dabbs, Nourish and others. Do you want natural and aromatic? Head to Lush or The Body Shop.You are probably already familiar with their products, but in London there is more choice.

From decorative cosmetics it is worth buying something from Rouge Bunny Rouge, Rimmel. Well, do not forget to grab the famous Tangle Teezer as a gift for your friends – they are here in all shapes, colors and sizes.

Perfume

Want to pamper yourself? Or are you a man looking for a nice gift for a woman in London? Then you have a direct road to Penhaligon’s. Here they make perfumes for the royal palace. We also advise you to go to Miller Harris, where they will compose a unique composition for you.


Souvenirs

You can buy all kinds of souvenirs in London on Oxford Street. This is the longest shopping street in Europe. And there is also the most budgetary shopping in the entire capital.

We recommend taking a look at the Convention Garden market. Here you can find souvenirs for every taste. From standard bus models and tiny Big Bens to London Underground bedding or Sherlock Holmes pipe.

But shopping at the Christmas market in London will not be very profitable.There, prices are deliberately overstated.

Typical Souvenirs

Check out Cool Britannia (225-229 Piccadilly), the largest gift shop in the UK. Every tourist should definitely go here. The prices here are not lower and not higher than elsewhere. A postcard costs just under £ 1, photo frames and mugs £ 6-7, beer cups £ 8-9, a copy of the famous London bus £ 9-10, a British flag T-shirt £ 40-50.

Souvenirs in London can also be bought in standard tourist shops.There is a large selection of tiny Big Bens, buses, telephone booths, guardsmen and other souvenirs that tourists bring from England most often. And gizmos that are somehow connected with the royal couple are also very popular. The portrait of everyone’s favorite Diana adorns many T-shirts, umbrellas and mugs. Newly made princesses are also more and more successful – their faces are already everywhere.

Well, if you are a Shakespeare fan, go to Stratford-upon-Avon. Here is the largest selection of souvenirs that are somehow connected with this author.

For children

No need to wonder what to bring children from London – go to the Disney Store. This is a chain store with a branch in almost every major shopping center in England. Enter it and you will find yourself in a real fairy-tale world. Here you can buy little things like magnets and key rings, as well as toys, school supplies, interior items and other beauty that any child will be delighted with. These stores have tried to pay attention to all the popular Disney characters, so that you can easily find your favorite character.

Oxford and Cambridge

The best souvenir from Oxford or Cambridge is, of course, a diploma. But, unfortunately, it will not be possible to buy it in these student cities. But the clothes worn by students of famous universities can be purchased. Buy hoodies, t-shirts, baseball caps or backpacks with famous universities’ insignia. They are also sold in London, but it is much more symbolic to bring them from Oxford or Cambridge.

Football

Football fans in England will have a place to roam.If possible, you should go to Manchester – here you can go to the National Football Museum and buy some souvenirs. There is a huge selection of all kinds of cups, balls, clothes and other themed things for tourists.

Football shopping is good not only in Manchester, but also in other English cities. There are many different themed stores throughout the country. The official boutiques of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and the national team are especially popular. In them you can buy uniforms, souvenirs with autographs of football players (both real and printed), posters, fan attributes, etc.d.

A large selection of football souvenirs in tourist shops and gift shops. Here you can even buy miniature figures of David Beckham, Stephen Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and other world famous English football players. There is also a huge selection of T-shirts, backpacks, scarves, beer mugs with the emblems of local clubs.

Sherlock

Fans of the world’s most famous detective should head to 221b Baker Street. Guess why? It’s elementary, Watson! To prevent tourists from confusing anything, they decided to locate the best souvenir shop on the theme of Sherlock Holmes right here.

Why not bring a pipe, a cap or at least a postcard with your favorite character from London? Reviews about this souvenir shop are very positive: although many Sherlock Holmes souvenirs are sold throughout England, there are most of them here.

Banksy

Where is the famous street artist Banksy from? That’s right, from England. This means that his fans should bring souvenirs from London with prints in the form of his creations. Check out the Unofficial Banksy Store (57a Portobello Road).Here you can buy T-shirts, mugs and other souvenirs with his paintings. A popular print T-shirt will set you back around £ 15.

Antiques

For antiques in London, you should go to the famous Antiques Shop (address – Portsmouth Street, 13-14). This place was described in the novel by Dickens, and today it fully corresponds to this image. The prices here, however, are too high, since the place is very promoted and completely tailored for tourists. But the choice is great and the atmosphere is amazing.

Collectors should definitely go to Christie’s or Sotheby’s. They sell unique items at high prices, and the assortment is pleasantly varied. Budget tourists are also worth a visit here – just for an excursion.

Harry Potter

In London bookstores, Potter fans will find the cherished books about the “boy who survived” in the original language. In souvenir shops throughout England, you will find a huge selection of the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Knowledgeable people go shopping in Oxford.The Flaggs store is located here: JK Rowling fans will love it. Also worth a look at the Harry Potter Museum in London – here is a chic Warner Bros. gift shop. Here you can buy wands, Quidditch uniforms, famous Hogsmeade sweets, house scarves and more.

This is the very place in England where you can buy gifts for adults and children – bringing home a piece of magic will not hurt. True, prices bite. The magnet alone will cost 3-4 pounds, and the shape will cost a pretty penny at all – prices start at 200 pounds.Yet the reviews for shopping at this magical London store are overwhelming.

Books

Esoteric lovers should definitely visit the address 19-21 Cecil Ct. It is home to one of London’s most atmospheric bookshops, Watkins Books. Here you can buy not only books. The shop specializes in mysticism, modern spirituality, occultism and other similar things. This place has also become a tourist destination, so prices are high here.

Umbrella

Umbrellas are sold in almost every gift shop in London.Jokes about the weather in England have long been beaten, but these accessories are still in great demand among tourists. Why not? Buy an umbrella with views of London as a souvenir of your trip or as a gift to your loved ones – beautiful, practical, symbolic. They cost around 12-15 pounds.

Would you like to bring home a special umbrella from England? Then check out James Smith & Sons. Here you can buy an accessory that, with a slight movement of your hand, turns into a cane or even a chair. Prices are already higher here: from 70 pounds.

↓ Use the form to find a hotel in London at a reasonable price. There are excellent options in the very center of the capital! ↓


Food and Drink

To bring something tasty from London, you should look into chain supermarkets or markets. There will be little difference in price and quality. Something is worth buying in specialized stores, and the same tea is sold at all on every corner.

Cheese

Famous cheeses are worth buying in England.The most popular varieties are cheddar, cheshire, stilton, gloucester. It is most profitable to buy them in the markets. Well, you don’t have to worry about the quality – even the most budget version of cheddar from the supermarket will delight gourmets.

If you want to bring cheese from England to Russia, do not forget about the customs rules: buy the product in factory vacuum packaging and no more than 3 kg per person.

Chocolate

As a gift to loved ones in England, you should buy a box or two of Cadbury chocolate.Their most popular product is champagne truffles. You can buy British chocolate at any supermarket. The largest selection of products from the famous manufacturer in the London store Charbonnel Et Walker.

The price for a small box of chocolates will be around £ 3. A more solid set will cost 5-7 pounds.

You cannot bring such a souvenir from England as a gift for children – truffles (and even with champagne) are not worth buying for them. But you can look for figurines of fairy-tale heroes. Gift shops and supermarkets have a wide selection of these milk chocolate sweets.

See also: what to try in London from food

M & M’s

Yes, the famous dragee was invented in the USA. But if you are a real sweet tooth, we advise you to go shopping at the famous M & M’s World. This four-story store is all about these delicious sweets. There is an incredible selection of sweets of all shapes and sizes. Well, souvenirs, of course, are available. Would you like to bring a gift from London for children or those with a sweet tooth? Head to Leicester Square – you can easily find the store by smell.

Tea

Ready to join the five-o-clock? So you need a special tea. Ideally – classic “English breakfast”, tea with bergamot or jasmine, but others are possible. It’s a crime not to buy tea in London. In plain packaging, it will cost about 7-8 pounds, and in gift packaging – 20 pounds and more. The cheapest option is Twinings (the price of a box is about 3-4 pounds).

Buy a box with the image of Big Ben or the famous Royal Guard – this is a very symbolic gift from London for loved ones.In souvenir shops, you can also find tea in cans, which are painted with telephone booths, the royal palace and other recognizable symbols of Great Britain.

If you want to feel like an aristocrat, buy a porcelain tea set from Wedgwood or Royal Dalton. Expensive, but status: feel like royalty.

See also: TOP-10 British sweets and desserts

Alcohol

Connoisseurs of strong alcohol should definitely buy a bottle of the most popular Glenfiddich malt whiskey in London.Of course, you should also visit the famous London pubs to taste the best varieties of local beer – beater, ale, porter, lager.

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *