6 unique souvenirs that say “British” without saying “boring”
Let’s face it, nobody wants boring souvenirs. They sit on the dresser for a few months until they’re swiftly and discreetly disposed of. Fear not! We have a solution. There are all sorts of incredible products “Made in the UK” – unique souvenirs that will inspire and excite even the most discerning friends and family. The shops listed here are destinations in their own right, places worth visiting regardless of whether you’re shopping for gifts. That’s what makes this list so special: you’ll enjoy the exploration, and they’ll enjoy the souvenirs. That’s a SideStory promise.
1. For kids
Mr Men & Little Miss books at Foyles
Foyles is one of those places that locals love, a quiet little haven of books just steps away from the bustling city streets. Head over to the Charing Cross location to browse the best literature and pick up a few Mr Men & Little Miss booklets. These iconic children’s books by British author Roger Hargreaves will make you Little Miss Sunshine in any child’s eyes.
2. For families
“The London board game” at Hamleys
What’s the most iconic toy shop in the world? Probably Hamleys. This magical place is so much more than a store: it’s a destination. Packed with live entertainment and the most avant-garde games in the world, Hamleys will ignite your imagination. Snatch up the London Board game and bring the London tube and sights to life…anywhere in the world.
3. For pragmatists
An artisan umbrella at James Smith & Sons
There’s nothing quite as predictable as the London rain, that light drizzle that sprinkles the roads and dampens your clothes. If you’re left ruffled by the rain while exploring London, head over to James Smith & Sons to treat yourself to the very best umbrella. While you’re there, get a consultation on the best umbrella for your style and lifestyle and, why not, grab one for a friend!
4. For foodies
British artisanal products at Ben’s house
“There’s no place like home,” they say. But what if a place feels like home? That’s what it feels like in Ben’s house. Head over for a coffee, a top-notch pastry, and a spirited chat with Ben: his passion for the community is contagious. As you sit back and sip your cappuccino, browse the carefully selected all-British artisanal products available for sale. Find the perfect sweet, spicy or savoury treat for your foodie friend, knowing you’re supporting the best food makers in town.
5. For crafty people
A tea set from The New Craftsmen
If you are passionate about design, interiors, and crafts, The New Craftsmen is the place for you. Learn about the absolute best British makers: their stories, their products and their innovative approaches to the work. It will be absolutely impossible to resist the magic of their creations. Whether your budget is big or small, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect all-British souvenir.
6. For nightlife lovers
Premium Gin at East London Liquor company
Leisurely London drink? Gin & Tonic. The city is world-famous for its dry gin and upcoming London distilleries have brought the production back to its birthplace. Head to the East London Liquor Company for a peep at the distillery. While you’re there, be sure to choose a few bottles from their wonderful collection as a souvenir of your travels. Rosy cheeks and smiles guaranteed.