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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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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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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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Pernilla Wahlgren’s favourite London

Glamour, a love for fashion, shoes, good food – and a passion for London.

I asked Swedish superstar Pernilla Wahlgren to tell us about her top experiences in the city, her favourite British brands and to share some of her great travel experiences from the past!

Q: What inspires you to go to London? I really love London for the great shopping , the fantastic restaurants and hotels, and of course for all the musicals you can see there!

Q: Who is your favourite British designer: Stella McCartney

Q: Favourite British brand: Habitat

Q: Favourite British film: Notting Hill

Q: Favourite British actor/actress: Hugh Grant

Q: Favourite British TV series: X-factor

Q: Favourite British pop band: Coldplay

Q: I never travel without .. ? A cosy pillow for the flight. Good hair products, my facial creams and make-up!

Q: Your craziest memory of London? When I went to Stock Atkin Waterman’s Christmas party in the 80’s. All their record artists were invited and I didn’t know anyone but was sitting at the same table as Rick Astley and Bananarama!

Q: Your best travel experience ever: My first shopping trip to London with my best friend in the eighties! We really shopped till we dropped…!  (The images from Pernilla’s private album tells you the story!).

The first time I went to Thailand was magic!

Q: Your worst travel experience: When I was in New York for the first time I almost missed my plane home , because I were shopping and forgot the time completely!!

And dear readers, please come back tomorrow and I will tell you about Pernilla’s top five tips for London.

In the meanwhile, you can also have a look at Pernillas Värld.

Bye for now.

-Helene

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World’s Biggest Destination for Shoe Lovers

Drumroll, please. Selfridges are opening “The World’s biggest destination for shoes” on 23 September! I’m so excited, so please excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor and try to collect myself. Ladies, if you’re like me, a shoe addict, you know what this means – book your ticket to London and visit Selfridges, now!

With about 4,000 shoes, 120 various brands, 35 new brands and over 30 exclusive styles, you better start putting away some money because you don’t want to come home ‘empty-shoed’.

Find Selfridges on our Britain Map.

Pack light, practice your credit card swiping, exercise your shopping arms and be prepared to enter the gates of shoe heaven and spend hours and hours with Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Tod’s, Prada, I can go on forever so check out which brands you can find at Selfridges here.

How I long for some new Louboutin’s…
//Siska

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Blog Winner – Asbjørn goes Aberdeen

Last year, VisitScotland held a competition for Norwegian bloggers where the prize was a 3 night trip to Aberdeen City and Shire with Eastern Airways. We pulled two winners who each got to bring a friend. The lucky winners were Asbjørn Wille and Liv Brekkenes. Congratulations!

Asbjørn took his wife with him, and this is about their experience from Aberdeen City and Shire.

My wife and I visited Aberdeen during the Easter holiday and we discovered that Aberdeen is an exciting city. We also got to travel around and see its beautiful green landscape. We stayed at Jurys Inn, which is a top modern hotel in the heart of the city and it’s a part of Union Square – a huge shopping centre.

At the airport we were met by a friendly and service minded lady from Avis and we prepared ourselves to start driving on the wrong side of the road for the very first time. We were a bit nervous, but after great success in the first roundabout we felt fine. Driving in Scotland was in fact a pleasant experience.

On Saturday, after a good Scottish breakfast, we were ready to explore the city. We took a taxi to the lovely Seaton Park and walked from there. There were many charming streets, small beautiful cottages and great architecture. Aberdeen is also a city where you can really shop till you drop! You’ll find everything from the big fashion boutiques, shopping centres, charity shops, small designer houses to local street markets.

While in Aberdeen, we made sure to try some haggis and it was much better than we had expected. But we had the best dinner at the restaurant at the Jurys Inn hotel. The meal was fantastic and deserves a star.

Sunday was our big day on the road. In our Avis car we started early in the morning and our first stop was at the beautiful Stonehaven – this is a must-visit town. It’s difficult to describe by words – you just have to see it for yourselves. After Stonehaven we drove to Dunnottar Castle. What a location and what a view.

Next stop was at Crathes Castle and Garden. A couple of lovely ladies from the National Trust for Scotland (NST) took us on a guided tour and told us interesting stories about the castle and its items. We also visited the famous Glendfiddich distillery in Dufftown.

Our trip to Aberdeen and Shire was a great success. It was great to explore, taste and see this part of Britain. We fell in love with Scotland and its people. Hopefully we will be back soon. You just have to visit Aberdeen.

Below you can see which places Asbjørn and his wife visited in Aberdeen. (Click on the names to find it on the map.)
Jurys Inn Hotel
Union Square Shopping Centre
Seaton Park
Stonehaven
Glenfiddich Distillery
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle and Garden

Liv Brekkenes, the other winner, will soon share her experience from Aberdeen City and Shire. So keep checking the blog.

/Siska

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Largest Kurt Geiger Boutique – Now Open in Covent Garden

Make your feet happy and bask in beautiful shoes at Kurt Geiger’s new flagship store in Convent Garden.

For those who don’t know about Kurt Geiger, it’s a luxury shoe retailer carrying brands for both women and men from high fashion designers such as Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and many more. In addition, they have their own popular brands of Kurt Geiger (KG by Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Carvela, Solea and Fashionistas).

The boutique’s interior is glamorous and has a luxurious atmosphere, but the most eye-catching detail is the “shoe chandelier” made of over 250 shoes! See pictures of the store in Convent Garden here.

Find Kurt Geiger Boutique on our map.

//Siska

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