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London in January = SALE

If you’re a true shopaholic, you know that London in January means only one thing – SALE! And in case you don’t get the Christmas gifts you wished for – book a trip to London in January and shop till you drop. Get up to 30 – 75% discount on clothes, shoes, electronics, toys and everything in-between! Many high streets and department stores start their sales immediately after Christmas.

Here are a couple department stores you should not miss:

Sales starting December 26
Harvey Nichols

Get great discounts on designer brands, accessories, beauty, home and much more.

John Lewis
With nearly half a million products, ranging from buttons to cufflinks, beds to pillows – it’s no wonder this is a popular destination during the January sales.

Liberty
At this beautiful department store you can find everything from books to shoes by Manolo Blahnik.

House of Fraser
This is the place for the younger audience with high street names such as Miss Sixty and Warehouse. House of Fraser has great discounts during the January sales.

Debenhams
Offers British designer brands such as Jasper Conroan, Frost French and many more. Debenhams also has 153 stores across the UK and Ireland.

Selfridges
Here you’ll find everything from the world’s biggest shoe destination to household products.

Sales starting December 27
Fortnum & Mason

Renowned for their fine food, hampers, tea and wine. This is your chance to buy luxurious food on sale.

Harrods
Visit one of the world’s most famous department stores and get up to 75% discount.

Date to be confirmed
Westfield

With over 265 shops under one roof – you won’t be walking out of here empty-handed when it’s January sale.

…I can go on forever, but you get the picture – there are a lot of great bargains to be made if you’re heading to London in January! I’m already looking for tickets, are you?

Useful links:
> VisitLondon’s Shopping News
> Department stores in the UK
> London shopping guide

See you in London!

/Siska

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Calling all Chocoholics

Do you have a sweet tooth for dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate filled with caramel, chocolate cake or chocolate biscuits? No matter which chocolate you prefer, one thing is for certain – chocolate always taste like a little piece of heaven! Well, for me it does.

If you fall under the same category as me – you’re a chocoholic, you’ll love this! The Chocolate Festival returns to London for one weekend in December and has free admission! During 10 – 12 December you can go around the stalls and taste some of the best chocolates you’ve never thought existed. Also, there will be several activities for the whole family and award-winning chocolatiers such as Paul Wayne Gregory, William Curley and Damian Allsop will be at the festival.  More information about the chocolate festival can be found here.

Find your way to this sweet festival with our Britain Map

/Siska

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London Christmas Shopping Guide

Trafalgar Square ©Britainonview Now that the British Pound is so low compared to the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish kroner, why not go on a weekend trip and do your Christmas shopping in London? I always wait until the last day to buy Christmas gifts, but this year I’ve decided to be more organized and I’m starting with you dear blog readers – hope you like my early Christmas gift!

Vintage
Looking for something out of the ordinary that no one else has? Try Beyond Retro, they have the biggest collection of American vintage clothing and accessories. There’s also Absolute Vintage – great collection of vintage clothes for both men and women and one of Britain’s largest vintage shoe collection.

For more vintage stores, please click here.

Christmas Markets
I hardly know where to start, there are so many of them! However, here are two great Christmas markets that are worth a visit.
Winter Wonderland Market Hyde Park, free entry, over 100 stalls selling arts and crafts, there’s also an outdoor ice rink!
Greenwich Christmas Market, from early December there will be a special Christmas Market alongside Greenwich’s famous covered market, with arts and crafts, collectors’ items and food stalls trading every day.

For more Christmas markets, please click here.

Department stores
Harrods is a must see if you’re in London! This is one of the world’s most famous department stores. Their annual Christmas Wonderland is something for the whole family and a great opportunity for the kids to see the Harrod’s Grotto Santa. But beware; you need to book a time since Santa is a very popular man.

Fortnum & Mason is renowned for their fine food, hampers, teas and wine. You’ll also find a wide range of products that will make a great Christmas gift. Come to Fortnum & Mason and get in the right holiday spirit.

The number one shopping destination for kids is of course the legendary Hamleys. With many fun Christmas events and toys as far as the eye can see, I’ll guarantee you this will be a hit for the kids!

For more department stores in London, please click here.

Shopping streets
Take a stroll in some of London’s many classical shopping streets such as Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street and see the beautiful Christmas decorations. Along these shopping streets you’ll find several boutiques, high street fashion stores and exclusive brands.

Other shopping streets in London, please click here.

If Christmas shopping in London sounds interesting I want to remind you that you can right now fly to Britain with British Airways from:
530,- Danish Kroner from Denmark
576,- Swedish Kronor from Sweden
545,- Norwegian Kroner from Norway
106,- Euro from Finland

/Siska

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Vintage Cars at Historic Car Run

On Sunday it is time for the 77th running of the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR).

The first run was held in 1896 and is the oldest still running motoring event. The next run was held in 1927 as a re-enactment of the 1896 Run and after that the run has been held every November, with exception for the year 1947 (because of the petrol rationing) and the war years. The run is not a race, but an endurance event and as the name suggests it goes along the 60 mile long historic route from London to Brighton.

This year 567 vehicles, representing 23 nations from all over the world participate in the run. The run features 166 different marques, covering one of the most important periods of motor car development, from the 2 cylinder 2 h.p. 1895 Peugeot to the 4 cylinder 20 h.p. 1904 Renault.

The run starts at the Hyde Park Start line in London at 7.04pm on Sunday the 7th of November and then leave in pairs until approximately 8.40am. All vehicles travel at approximately 20mph (32km/h) and will start to arrive at Preston Park in Brighton from 10.05am (see detailed entry list on LBVCR’s website). The spectating of the run is free and can be viewed from the roadside along the 60-mile route.

Except for the run on Sunday, the whole weekend is full of activities, starting on Friday the 5th of November with LBVCR Auction by Bonhams and continues with the LBVCR International Concours on Saturday. So find your binoculars and prepare for a weekend full of beautiful veteran cars.

Find your way to the start line in London or the finish line in Brighton on our Britain Map or read more about the run on LBVCR’s website: http://www.lbvcr.com.

Enjoy!
– Towe

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Tube Map – Now also as a Film Map

Do you want to see where movies like Casino Royal, RocknRolla and Harry Potter was filmed? With the Underground Film Map you can visit British film locations in your own pace. And best of all it doesn’t cost much.

The Underground Film Map looks just like the regular tube map, except, all the station names has been named after films shot at or near the London stations in the past 70 years. The map has been created by Transport for London, Film London and BFI London Film Festival.

Take a look at the map here

If you’re on a budget, this is a great alternative instead of going on a guided tour. All you need is an Oyster Card and the map. The film map cost £9.95 at the Tfl online shop, but you can also buy it at the BFI at Southbank and London Transport Museum.

Other film locations for you to visit:
> Harry Potters England
> Sherlock Holmes England
> Top Brit flicks, complete with great British locations

/Siska

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Heaven for a shoe lover

Selfridges new shoe gallery. No wonder this attracts a shoe lover like Pernilla....

Swedish celebrity and shoe lover Pernilla Wahlgren was in London recently for the opening of the new shoe gallery at Selfridges. The biggest shoe department in the world! I had a chat with Pernilla to find out some more about her love for shoes!

Too many shoes! I can't decide!!!

Pernilla, we know you had loads of shoes before you went to London. How many pairs do you have in your collection now?

“Well, I haven’t counted them but there are probably a 100 of them. And I bought 5 new shoes at Selfridges..(!), so perhaps there are 105 of them now”?

What did you like most about the new shoe gallery?

“I was impressed that there is something for all wallets, even if you don’t have that much money to spend you can easily find something. But there are of course all the luxury brands as well. And what I especially liked was that you can walk around and look at luxury brands like Louboutin, and still feel comfortable, even if you don’t can afford to buy anything.  I don’t always feel comfortable doing that”.

Pernilla's new London shoes.

You spent a whole day at Selfridges, but if you only have an hour or so, what should a visitor focus on you think?

“As a shoe addict – don’t miss the shoe gallery, of course. And then I heard they have a fortune teller! I will definitely pay her a visit next time! And then I would suggest visiting the children’s departement, if you have kids…”

Afternoon tea at The Berkeley.

Pernilla Wahlgren spent two days in London, and besides spending time at Selfridges she also had time for a fashionistas afternoon tea (my favourite!) – the Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley Hotel.

Find your way to Selfridges with our Britain Map and read more about the store in our blog post “World’s biggest destination for shoe lovers”.

To find our more about Pernilla’s London visit, click here, to view all her posts on London. Write the word “London” in the search engine.

And don’t miss Pernilla’s other posts of her trip to London here on our blog, where she gives her favourite tips to the city.

-Helene-

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Primark Passion

Here are our baragins of the day © Jackie EhrlingWhen in London I HAVE to bargain hunt at Primark!

Jessica (my 18 year old daughter) and I knew a plan was needed for this shopping adventure (as we had very little time!)

1. Leave dad at hotel / pub 17:02

2. Run for bus with oystercard in hand, jump onto first available going towards Marble Arch 17:08

3. Arrive at Primark, grab a shopping bag at the entrance 17:15

4. Fight the crowds, bit like dodger cars at Gröna Lund, hearing  “sorry” from polite customers all around, as we bump into one another.

5. Mum (me!) starts joining the long queue for checkout 17:30, throwing in some socks ( always by cashiers ) well £2 for 5 pairs who wouldn’t! Whilst Jessie continues her journey round the store for any other purchases ?

6. Queue moving fast and by 17:40 we’re at the cashiers and paying  £20 for our goods, well satisfied and exhausted!

Total time spent 38 minutes.

Fact information.
> Find Primark on our Britain Map

> Primark Clothes Store
> Oystercard information

/Jackie

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