A Local's Guide to The Best Souvenirs in London
I hope you’re still digging into the London package we launched last week. (It’s the gift that keeps on giving.) No form of travel is complete without a little something for the road home, to remind you of where you’ve been—and to inspire your next trip there.
We polled a host of UK-based designers, writers, community members, and friends-of-Food52 to hear their favorite ways to bring a little bit of London home whenever they visit (or whenever they host visitors). Be sure to add these stops to your itinerary.
where to go + what to get
“Salad seeds, Ottolenghi granola, dukkah, raspberry and morello cherry jam, salt caramel and chocolate brittle.” —Amanda Brooks
“I’d stop by at an Ottolenghi cafe or restaurant and pick up some preserved lemons, spices (perhaps the chili lovers collection) and some Ottolenghi Raspberry and morello cherry jam. Harrods and Fortnum & Mason treats are also great for London-themed foodie gifts that will fit easily into your suitcase!” —Ren Behan
“A shared studio space for local ceramic artists, Clay Collective in Hackney Downs has scheduled open days, but they’re usually friendly enough to let you in to have a look at their wares.“ —Catherine Verna Bentley, Bentey Hagen Hall
“Must go. I usually buy a book or two that I don’t mind having in metric or can’t resist, but it’s just fun to browse.” —healthierkitchen
“I wouldn’t visit London without spending some time in Liberty Of London, where you can grab their latest fabric collections to cover your house in—for eccentric English William Morris vibes.” —Catherine Verna Bentley, Bentey Hagen Hall
“I carted back some excellent cheese from Fortnum & Mason. (Harrod’s had the ultimate selection in produce, like fresh pistachios and cob nuts, but those are a no-no to bring back!)” —Panfusine
“The preserves by London Borough of Jam are amazing! I love the elderflower and gooseberry. I have also brought back dark muscovado sugar [and] the absolutely amazing spreads by Pierre Marcolini, which you can find at Selfridges. They have passionfruit, salted caramel, raspberry, and hazelnut praline. They are the best drizzled over toast, oatmeal, or granola!” —All Ingredients Equal
“I always bring back packets of M&S Percy Pigs gummy sweets—and also packets of cheap tights from M&S. Not a food thing, but, honestly, the best. And if I’m anywhere near a charity shop, I buy vintage china tea cups and saucers, especially ones commemorating royal weddings, birthdays, and years on the throne, which I then put the Percy Pigs inside and give as gifts.” —Katherine Knowles
See the rest of Food52’s Guide to London here. What are your favorite spots to grab some trinkets from London? Let us know in the comments.
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