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London – Shopping News

It’s time to pack away the winter jackets and renew your summer closet. Brush the dust off your sunglasses and travel to England’s shopping mecca – London.  Here is my guide over what’s happening right now and where you can get some great bargains!

Alternative Fashion Week in Spitalfields
Alternative Fashion Week takes place between the 19th – 23rd of April. During this period there will be a daily fashion show in Spitalfields Market, which is also a fashion market. You can find everything from fashionable clothes and up-and-coming designers to ecological baked products.
Read about Alternative Fashion Week here
Read about Spitalfields Market here

Seven Dials Shopping Evening – get 20 % off
Mark your calendar for April  29th and get 20% discount in over 90 Seven Dials stores. You’ll get discounts at stores like Urban Outfitters, Kitchen Italia, Volcom, Fred Perry, All Saints and many more.
Click here to view the full list of Seven Dials stores
To be able to get the discount you need a voucher which you can get here

Designer Sales UK (DSUK)
This is your chance to get a designer bargain from Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana or John Galliano. So put on your comfy shoes and sharpen your elbows because I’m sure it’s going to be crowded! The Designer Sales UK goes on between the 23rd – 25th of April.
Read about Designer Sales UK here

Alfie Antique Market
This is London’s largest indoor antique market, and they will be hosting a series of Nostalgia Saturdays which will take you back to the pre-1920s – 1930s, 1940s – 1950s and the 1960s – 1970s. Furniture, music and clothes will be showcased from  the different eras. Next Nostalgia Saturday will be on May 22nd (1940s – 1950s) and on June 19th (1960s – 1970s).
Read about Alfie Antique Market here

– Siska

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Things to do in Britain when you’re stuck

Stuck in Britain because of an ash cloud? Don’t despair – Britain is probably the best place to get stuck in, since it’s full of great things to do all year round. So read this blog post and get inspired!

LONDON

Musicals
Phantom of the Opera, Buddy, La Bohème, Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys or The Lion King – There is simply no better place to catch a musical than in London. And even if you don’t have tickets, there’s always a good chance to find tickets last minute at Leicester Square.

Find out which musical you want to see and if it’s running this weekend on Time Out London.

Storm Exhibition – Right but Wrong
See the highly recommended exhibition “Right but Wrong – The Extended Album Art of Storm Studios and Hipgnosis” at Idea Generation Gallery. The exhibition is open until 2nd of May 2010.

Idea Generation Gallery
11 Chance Street
London E2 7JB
Web: Idea Generation Gallery

London Architecture Walks
If your interested in architecture but not sure what to visit or how, then a guided walk might be the answer. With London Architecture Walks, you can choose a theme like “London Churches”, “Financial London” or “River Thames”. Take your pick and start walking.

Web: London Architecture Walks

Have a pint at a local pub
Relax – there’s nothing you can do about the cloud anyway. So why not have a pint and just let the hours go by for a while? With the Good Pub Guide you can find the best places to find a good pint throughout Britain.

Web: The Good Pub Guide

ENGLAND

Fine Food Market in Nottingham
With almost 40 stallholders from across the East Midlands – selling everything from meat, cheese and pickles, to fudge, cakes, beer and wine – there is going to be plenty of choice for food and drink lovers everywhere. So take yourself down to Old Market Square between 16th and 17th of April and eat your way through British food culture this weekend.

Find more things to do in Nottingham on Visit Nottinghams homepage.

See a Premier League football game
Take the opportunity to see a Premier League football game this weekend. There are still some great matches that aren’t sold out like the derby between Manchester City and Manchester United or Liverpool – Westham and Blackburn – Everton.

Buy tickets on Premier Leagues homepage.

Hadrian’s Wall in Newcastle
You can’t visit Newcastle without walking along designated World Heritage Site, Hadrian’s Wall. This famous 2,000-year-old Roman defence wall stretches from Carlisle in Cumbria to Wallsend in Newcastle going right through the city.

Find more things to do in Newcastle on VisitNewcastleGatesheads homepage.

Shopping in Manchester
Manchester is a real shopping Mecca, and if you’re stranded here – take the time to do some serious shopping. Some good places to shop is The Lowry Outlet Mall at The Quays, the bohemian area Northern Quarter where you’ll find famous Afflecks, or Kings Street with its fashionable shops.

Stuck in Manchester, but don’t have any shopping cravings? Then visit VisitManchesters homepage for more inspiration.

The Harry Potter Sensation
All over Britain you’ll find places to visit if you’re a Harry Potter buff. Take the Hogwarts Express through Harry Potters London & Oxford, find the filming locations for Hogwarts Dining Hall, Hogsmead Station or Diagon Alley and lot’s of other exiting places throughout Britain.

Read the first part of our three part guide to Harry Potters Britain here.

The Beatles Story in Liverpool
While in Liverpool you don’t want to miss The Beatles Story, an interactive museum located at the historic Albert Dock in Liverpool. Join the four lads in their journey from unknown boys to world famous.

The museum is open seven days a week, all year round (excluding December 25th/26th) Opening hours are 9am – 7pm. For information about current exhibitions, admission fees etc, please visit The Beatles Story homepage.

WALES

Millenium Centre
Cardiff’s showpiece arts centre features everything from ballet and opera to hip hop shows and comedy. Known locally as the ‘Golden Armadillo‘, its gigantic bronze-coloured façade inscribed with poetry has made the building an iconic UK landmark.

Historic Pubs
If you like beer and history, Cardiff is the place to go. Many of the ancient pubs of Cardiff actually existed before the city itself. So find a pub, have a pint and take in the historic atmosphere of Cardiff.

SCOTLAND

Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art
Have you been stuck in Glasgow and love art? Lucky you. Between16 April-3 May you have the chance to see Glasgow International Festival Of Visual Art. Packed with events, talks and tours as well as major world-class exhibitions, some by artists living in the city and others by leading international figures, the Festival is Glasgow’s art scene at its liveliest and best.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh
If your fond of whisky and happen to be stuck in Edinburgh, I suggest you walk down to The Scotch Whisky Museum. Apparently they just started a thrilling new guided tour where you can take a barrel ride through a replica distillery, hear stories about the craftsmanship of whisky making and get some inside hints on how to improve your palate and lead you to your favourite Single Malt Whisky.

The Scotch Whisky Experience
354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

For more information about the opening hours or ongoing events, please visit The Scotch Whisky Museums homepage.

I hope you got some ideas on what to do in Britain when you’re stuck. For further information or inspiration, please visit our homepages:

Sweden: http://www.visitbritain.se
Denmark: http://www.visitbritain.dk
Finland (ENG): http://www.visitbritain.fi
Norway: http://www.visitbritain.no

Enjoy!

– Towe –

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Hunting for vintage clothes?

Whether you’re looking for something funky, cool, laidback or posh, I recommend you to visit Absolute Vintage if you’re in London. Absolute Vintage at 15 Hanbury St in London offers a wide range of vintage clothing for both men and women. I’m sure you’ll not walk out of there empty handed, considering they have one of Britain’s largest vintage shoe collection, nicely arranged by colours!

Web: Absolute Vintage

– Siska

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New poll of the month – Shopping


 

Now that most people have either seen, or chosen not to see, the new Sherlock Holmes movie, we decided it’s time for a new question. This time we thought, spring is almost here, and in some parts of the Nordics, you can actually see the ground. Maybe some of you have even seen flowers or other signs of Spring?

Well, anyway. I don’t know what you guys do, when Spring is nigh, but I do some serious closet inventory – i.e. I go shopping!  That why I decided that there’s no better Spring question to ask our dear readers, than “What do you primarily buy when shopping in Britain?”

To vote, click on your preferred choice in the right-hand menu and then press [vote].

And as usual, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Maybe you have seen some nice Spring signs you would like to share, or maybe you think Spring is really far away. You can also debate the poll questions. What did you vote for and why? Was it the right options or did you miss something?

– Towe –

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Cool vintage store in Brick Lane, London

Brick Lane is famously known for its cool markets and vintage stores. My colleague and I fell upon this great store when walking to Brick Lane from Bethnal Green tube station on the east side of London. A nice 15 min. walk through this Pakistan-Indian part of London, though a closer station should be Liverpool Street Station or Shoreditch (over-ground trains). Just down the road from the Swedish cafe Fika and the famously know Bagel shop, you’ll find this fabulous vintage store, Rokit -cramped with clothes and accessories.

Lovely dresses, quirky hats and accessories to die for! Real furs also seems to be a big hit, so if that’s your choice for a still cold winter you’ll have several to choose from. The store has both a ladies’ store and a separate men’s store next door.

Rokit is a probably Britain’s largest and best vintage store and they are located not only on Brick Lane but also in Camden and Covent Garden. The stores are open every day. If you can’t go to London, have a look at their website where you’ll find their online shop!

Cathrine

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A teenager in London

Me at Platform 9 3/4

Hello my name is Estrid and I’m doing my work experience here at visit Britain. I’m fourteen years old and I live in Stockholm. I have been to England several times, but never in the other parts of Great Britain. In this post I will share my experience about London. I’m interested in fashion, art and Harry Potter (and a lot of other things, but if I would write it all it would be like 10 pages long…). The last time I was in London was at the autumn break last year. I went with my mum and my little brother we did a LOT of stuff, but I will only tell you the best. So for all the Harry Potter fans all over Scandinavia, I must say that Kings Cross platform 9 3/4 must be visited! It is a cart half way in to the wall and you can get some amazing photos! It is a little bit hard to find but ask the staff very kindly, I’m sure they will help you! And the Millennium Bridge that crosses over the Thames River is worth a visit. That’s the bridge that the Death Eaters destroy in the sixth film, The Half Blood Prince.

Me and my friends in London when I was ten

Enough Harry Potter, and now to my favourite, shopping and fashion. I love Primark, and I think it is a shame that we don’t have it here! But otherwise, it makes you appreciate and go shopoholic when you are there. Primark is insanely cheap and has a lot of nice clothes and accessories. The biggest Primark is on Oxford Street, but that one is hysterical! So I recommend you to be there at the time it opens. But you can find some smaller Primark stores where it is much calmer, but the best is of course to visit both! But if you have more money to spend than me I would recommend New Look! Fantastic fashionable clothes in valuable prices. You must go to Knightsbridge, the very exclusive district in London with their white houses and all the city sounds just disappear. If you go to Knightsbridge you must eat at Otto Lenghi and take the food with you and have a pick-nick in Hyde park! Fantastic!

/Estrid

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London’s 2010 January Sales

Love shopping? Just after Christmas the famously January Sales starts in London and you actually don’t have to wait until January! Already on the 26 December will stores like Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Selfridges open their doors to a shopping haven. On the 27 December there are more to follow as John Lewis, Peter Jones and Fortnum & Mason. If you are looking for the best bargains, plan your day with an early start. The department stores are probably the best places since you can find everything under one roof. You could also choose your area such as West End, Covent Garden or the huge shopping mall Westfield. For January Sales in other cities in Britain, see our top 10 Winter sales guide in Sweden, Denmark, Finland or Norway.

You’d better wear good shoes and sharp elbows – it will be a crowd out there, but who cares as long as you can do some major savings! The sales goes on until the middle of January and during the last days there’s further savings to find. With the pound still in our favour, grab your credit card and take to the streets of London! I will definitely fill up my wardrobe when going to London in January!

Happy shopping!

Cathrine

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