Category: London Shopping News

Royal Baby Souvenirs hit the shelves

Following the two weeks quick turn around to allow the paint on Prince George of Cambridge’s name to dry the first Royal Baby Souvenirs are hitting the shelves.

Prince George Souvenirs

Some with just the name of the new prince and others with pictures of the happy couple leaving the hospital and showing off the new Prince to the world. See Fancy That of London for all your Royal Baby Souvenirs.

Good news for visitors

As of 6th April a government ban on excessive credit and debit card charges came into effect in the UK. From now on companies can only pass on legitimate charges that they themselves receive from banks.

 

Here are some examples of how much companies are charged to take credit cards:

 

  • transaction of £50: £1.16
  • transaction of £100: £2.10
  • transaction of £250: £4.94

source: OFT, 2011

Debit cards are cheaper to process, due to the limited protection compared to credit cards, and should only cost between 50p and £1 no matter how large the transaction. This is good news for visitors as these charges often appear on hotel bills, travel tickets, theatre, sport and entertainment tickets as well as cinemas tickets, meaning that the cost of things should be a lot clearer.

London in a new light

Well it’s that time of year and all the major shopping districts are competing to have the best displays to attract the shoppers. Personally I sometimes think less is more when it comes to retail displays, such as the one from Hays Galleria by London Bridge.

 

 

 

Strange things afoot at Covent Garden

Following hot on the foot of the famous London Eggs, BT and Childline have introduced the sponosored London Telephone Boxes in London’s Covent Garden.

Each one has been sponsored by a local retailer and has it’s own theme. More appearing everyday!

See the whole range here: http://www.btartboxes.com/02SculptureMosaic.php

Covent Garden gets into the spirit.

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Record Christmas Sales!

London seems to have shrugged off the Christmas blues and hit the high street in huge numbers in the two days since Christmas.

With stores slashing up to 75% off the goods, over £4bn was spent nationally in two days and has toppled all previous records.

With New Years falling on a weekend this year, the spending frenzy is bound to continue for the rest of the week.

*There are several tube lines out of action this week due to scheduled works, but there is no congestion charge and the roads are fairly clear so buses are far quicker than usual.

Car Free West End

This weekend we are taking over the streets as Oxford Street and Regent Street go car free and the shops all lay on a party for all the shoppers with deals and give a ways.

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th.

London Lights Up!

Just as the clocks go back and things start looking a little darker and colder around London, we are thrown back into light by thousands of tiny coloured stars in the sky.

Meteor shower? No, this is the week that many of London’s main shopping areas turn on their Christmas lights. Starting tonight in Oxford street, where the girl band “The Saturdays”, will be switching on the lights while performing their latest release.

Quickly on the heals of Oxford Street is St. Christopher’s Place, a hidden gem of an area just off Oxford Street and well worth  a visit.

Then there is only Justin Beiber at Westfield Stratford on the 7th! On the 8th Regents Street will be swamped by zombies. No they are not just late for Holloween, but the cast of Thriller turning on the lights.

Here are the rest:

Covent Garden – 9th November

Carnaby Street – 10th November

Marylebone – 16th November

Greenwich Market – 30th November

Seven Dials – 1st December.

And the all important Trafalger Square on the 1st of December.

 

Death of an “i”-con

It was almost as though Steve Jobs waited for the baton to be officially handed to his successor Tim Cook,  by announcing the release of the newest addition to the iphone range. He died surrounded by his family in California.

Already somewhat of a damp squib, being a “4s” rather than a completely new design, and overshadowed by the death of one of the co-founders, the release of this latest device is still likely to cause as much of a frenzy and all the previous releases.

Thousands of people arrived from as far as Tokyo and New York and queue for over 24  hours when the last iphone was released. So expect a similar rush, despite the current economic climate, such is the attraction of the apple devices.

RIP Steve Jobs.

 

Westfield Stratford Opens it’s doors

On 13th September 2011 London’s Major, Boris Johnson, cut the ribon and officially opened London’s newest and biggest shopping centre.

Costing £1.45bn and consisting of 300 shops and covering just under 2m sq. ft., it takes the title of Europe’s biggest shopping centre.

The thousands of people gathered to celebrate the opening were entertained by Ex-Pussycat Doll and U.S. X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger plus other stars.

Getting there couldn’t easier with:

* Extensive road and bus network: A12, A11, A13 to the M25 & M11; over 4 million people reside within a 45-minute drive time; 6.7 million reside within 60-minute drive time; 5,000 dedicated parking spaces

* Powerful rail connections: 58 trains per hour connecting central London; 27.2 million people currently enter/exit Stratford Regional Station per annum; Stratford forecast to be one of the busiest stations on London network post-launch; network includes Jubilee Line, Central Line, London Overground, DLR, Southeastern Kent FastLink, National Rail Network, Crossrail (opening 2017) – providing 24 1,500-seat trains per hour