15 Best Souvenirs to Bring Back From London

Tower of London, another London landmark seen from the city’s tallest building – By [Duncan] from Nottingham, UK – Tower of London from the Shard, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32007084

Okay, we know that bringing back souvenirs can feel like a thing of times past. However, kids, family members, and friends will love the sentiment of bringing back a gift from a foreign land to decorate their houses. Or, you can bring back some of the trendy clothing so they can show off to their friends.

Whatever the reason, finding the best souvenirs to collect from the bustling capital city of London is an absolute must. If you have room in your suitcase,  that is. We recommend bringing an empty bag with you for your next trip across the pond, because there is just too much to choose from when it comes to kitschy and cute souvenirs for you to remember your English getaway!

Twinings English Tea

Twinings – By Elisa.rolle – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57761902

Sure, you can get tea at home. But is it real English tea probably not! Twinings English Tea is arguably the best tea in the world. Not just because the English and the Irish (up for debate) are among the best at making a perfect cuppa, but because this is seriously good tea. Bringing back some of the twinings also won’t put your bag over the weight limit at Heathrow airport – you can thank us later.

Harry Potter Wand

The Elder Wand – By Doug Kline – https://secure.flickr.com/photos/popculturegeek/4858993955/in/photostream/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31615498

A great option for the film and book lovers, a Harry Potter wand is another souvenir that won’t take up too much space in your backpack – but make sure you keep it in the special wand case as you would find in Diagon Alley to avoid it snapping on the journey home. You can choose from a specific type of wand to purchase, like Harry’s, Dumbledore’s, or “He Who Shall Not Be Named”’s wand. But we don’t recommend the last one….

Paddington Bear

Paddington – By Wilbowhite – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=84239224

Whether it is for a young niece or nephew, or a friend who just really loves these storybooks, Paddington Bear is a cozy and cuddly animal who will remind you of your amazing London trip. Haven’t heard of him? Read up on this fictional character’s story before getting the fuzzy animal doll.

Umbrella

Collapsed umbrellas – Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=227880

This may seem strange, but when you get used to London’s weather, it will not. One second, it can be bright blue skies and people are outside at the park. The next minute, it’s pouring rain and people are dashing inside a pub. Getting an umbrella not only will save you and your outfit, but it will be the perfect souvenir to bring back home. 

Harrods Biscuits

Dunking a biscuit – By Peter Morgan – originally posted to Flickr as Simulated dunking in public, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6323764

If you can purchase Harrods biscuits and not eat them before you bring them home, good on you. We recommend purchasing a few packets and then keeping one stowed away in your suitcase out of sight — or else they won’t make it home in one piece. 

Perfume or Cologne

Eau de toilette – By Shack – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79052657

A small and tiny gift hat is great for a friend or loved one, or for yourself if you so wish, perfume or cologne is a thoughtful and upscale gift. Not only will the scent always remind you of your trip, but it can be from an English brand that makes the gift even more sentimental. 

Big Ben Figurine

Palace of Westminster and Big Ben – By © User:Colin / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35768815

Do you have a friend who has to sit at their desk all day every day and work 9-5 pm? If so, then a Big Ben figurine for their desk can make them feel like they were really in London with you! Oka, not quite — but it can inspire them to take a much-needed vacay soon. 

Union Jack Souvenir

Union Jack in London – By Edward Orde – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54931296

The Union Jack is clearly indicative of British Culture. Reminiscent of the Queen and everything that has to do with theRoyal Family, the Union Jack on anything — a wallet, mug, scarf, t-shirt, or purse — is the ideal way to remember your time in London. 

Liberty Scarves

Liberty Department Store – By Luis Villa del Campo – originally posted to Flickr as Liberty, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4139340

Shopping around Oxford circus is a full-day excursion. Not lay will you be tempted to scour and find the best deals in the city, but the endless plethora of shops can be overwhelming. Head to Liberty, one of the most well-known store in Oxford Circus, to find beautifully-decorated and intricate scarves to keep you warm during the chilly days in London and bring home for a tasteful souvenir. Ranging between £70 and £450 on the high end, you can choose your preferred price. 

Pillbox

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A pillbox is a perfect souvenir for those who are small on space and day only been traveling with a small carry-on pack. Between £30 and £40, this mid-range souvenir is great as a shift r personal belonging to hold your jewelry, pills, or small items on your nightstand or desk. 

House of Commons Book

Commons Division – By UK Parliament – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yztSL08SgVY, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73062276

A House of Commons notebook is one of the most quintessential London souvenirs. Ranging from between £5 and £60 for a bigger option, this high-quality notebook is great for jotting down memories of your trip. 

Cadbury Chocolate

Cadbury chocolate stall at London Heathrow’s Airport – By Tiia Monto – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=71936578

Sure, you can buy chocolate from wherever you are from. But is it Cadbury? Is it REAL Cadbury? Probably not. Cadbury is England’s leading chocolatier and for good reason, the creamy milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate, and tons of flavors in between has made this a staple in every Brit’s tea time. 

Lock & Co Hat

Lock’s hatters – By Barabbas1312 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33872087

Grab a feather fedora as the perfect gift from Lock & Co. Hatters. Located right in St. James’ place in the middle of southwest London, this cool and trendy shop is a perfect stop-over to find a hat for the special person in your life. 

Monmouth Coffee

Monmouth Coffee – By Edward Hands – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50400996

If you are getting tea from London, you better get some coffee as well. Although the city, and the country, is not as well-known for their strong and caffeine-filled cup in the morning, their coffee can be a great souvenir to bring home. Monmouth Coffee Company produces some of the best espresso drinks and ground coffee in the entire city, enough so that people queue down the side of the cobblestone streets to get one cup during the day. 

London Gin

A selection of gins – By Decatur Wine & Spirits – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9448750

Last but not least, we have London Gin. After you try this, you will never be able to have another type of G&T. it might ruin your tastebuds, because it is SO good, but you simply can’t go home without bringing at least a “miniature” bottle with you. We recommend trying the City of London Dry Gin for the idyllic souvenir.