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What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

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What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

I love shopping as does my boyfriend and would appreciate any tips on any unique brands or items (clothes, housewares, etc) not available in the US, or Brit brands significantly cheaper in London. I am already planning on hitting Liberty for their prints and my boyfriend wants to check out Hackett, so any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Also, does anyone has an idea where to find well priced quality vintage jewelry?

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1. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

I have purchased vintage jewelry at Cristobal's.

http://www.cristobal.co.uk/

Perfume is always on my shopping list in London. I shop at Penhaligon's and Floris.

http://www.penhaligons.co.uk/

http://www.florislondon.com/versions/eng/

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2. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

I'm not sure what is or is not available in NYC, but these are both good for slightly unusual housewares:

www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/page/storelocator

or http://www.cathkidston.co.uk/

There is a good market for vintage jewellery, and shop rents in London are high, so not many bargains. My favourite place is in Oxfordshire, but again not really low prices.

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3. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

Excellent, thanks for the links-- Brittraveller those shops look right up my alley, I will definitely check out, they are not available here. Ntz4bbl-- thanks for the jewelry link too. Floris and Penhaligon are here in NYC, but I had planned to check out Floris anyway as I hear they have scents there you cannot find here.

If anyone has more tips, please keep them coming-- I will be sure to report back after my trip.

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4. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

Have a look at the Spitalfields' Market on Sunday and the nearby Sunday UpMarket at the Truman Brewery.

Both have some delights by way of clothes, bags and jewellery, locally made as well as imported.

Also, the incredible range of ready to eat food at the Sunday UpMarket, may have even New York beaten for the sheer variety in one place.

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5. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

These days most things are available in both cities, so it really comes down to price. When it came to some of the more famous brand labels, at least for men, I found prices averaged out at about the same when I was in NY four months ago. The exchange rate of around $1.60 seems to make prices broadly similar. Of course, both cities have places where the canny buyer can get things cheaper than the norm, and there always seem to be sales somewhere in London. One thing that is cheaper in London is fair quality chocolate, so if you wanted to bring that back for yourselves or as gifts it would be worth considering.

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6. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

The London Silver Vaults is worth a visit

www.thesilvervaults.com/gifts/gifts_for_her

as is Chiswick Auctions on a Tuesday if there's anything you like in that weeks catalogue, and there are several other auction houses as well

http://www.chiswickauctions.co.uk/

Also have a look at Alfies Antiques

http://www.alfiesantiques.com/

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7. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

<Floris and Penhaligon are here in NYC, but I had planned to check out Floris anyway as I hear they have scents there you cannot find here.>

Penhaligon's is available here in Ca too, but its so much more special to purchase it from the shop in Covent Garden ☺

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8. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

I'll second Cath Kidston. I was totally charmed by the one in Guildford. Another thing I enjoyed buying was a canvas tote bag from St. John, near Smithfield market. http://www.stjohnrestaurant.co.uk/ Only £4, a portion of which goes to a hunger charity.

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9. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

Another unique shop that we made purchases at during our last trip was Ganesha. There are two branches, one near Covent Garden and the other is on the South Bank.

http://www.ganesha.co.uk/

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10. Re: What can I buy in London that I can't get in NYC?

"Love shopping" + London = Markets.

http://www.streetsensation.co.uk/markets.htm