London is the city of style. When I think of London, I think of bespoke, of suits and perfect tailoring. But there’s a whole other side to London, too.
London has a reputation around the world for being an extremely expensive place to visit – with good reason. Although it’s not in the top 5 most expensive places in the world to visit or live, it is not far behind. Many ill prepared travellers have fallen victim to some of the more over-priced forms of travel, dining and activities that England’s capital has to offer.
It doesn’t have to be a bank-busting trip though, as a London city break can be done on a budget, even if you wish to do some shopping along the way. Below you will find our tips and tricks for saving money on travel in London, which will enable you to spend more on the shopping!
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The kind people at my favourite tea store have just got in touch to tell me about their birthday celebrations. To celebrate 18 years of T2 (who opened their first UK store in Shoreditch earlier this year) they are offering 18% off everything in store and online from the 28th June – 6th July!
Ever since I discovered T2 in Melbourne a few years ago I’ve been stocking up on their loose leaf teas on my every visit to Australia. Just last week my boyfriend bought me a box of the bold T2 Sydney Breakfast with a hint of bergamot back from a trip down under. So no one was more delighted than me to discover that London now has its very own T2 store right here in the city.
London is a city full of shopping potential but it is easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of trying to do too much why not focus your shopping sprees on certain streets? If you have the energy to shop the city for more than one day, book a bargainous overnight stay at the new Travelodge hotel in Clapham Junction just outside the hectic city centre but close to many trendy restaurants and bars.
If you can tear yourself away from the tempting aromas of the Brick Lane curry houses you will find one of my favourite vintage clothes and furniture emporiums in London – Blitz. Set back off the main Brick Lane drag, you will know you are going in the right direction for Blitz when you see the giant stork. Situated in a converted Victorian warehouse on Hanbury Street, Blitz has 2 giant floors filled with well-selected vintage clothes, accessories, furniture, luggage, collectible items, books and much more.
This month’s shop is located closer to home than previous features but can transport you to another time and place altogether. Stanfords is a book shop in Covent Garden London, but it is not just any old bookshop – it is a shop dedicated to travel books and maps (otherwise known to me as HEAVEN.)