Delight your loved ones with distinctive gifts that support our community this holiday season. Once you know where to look, it’s easy to find everything you need while shopping London. We’ve got five ways to keep your holiday local this year.
HEAD TO DOWNTOWN LONDON
Downtown is London’s shopping mecca, and you’ll find just about everything on your list here in the heart of the city. Put something London-made under the Christmas tree with an art piece from a downtown gallery like DNA Art Space or Jonathon’s, or a selection from the vast collection of local reads and memorabilia at Attic Books. Or support a great variety of local businesses with top-of-the-line fashion, furniture, sports equipment, books, housewares, and more. Downtown London shops have it all.
MEET UP AT THE MARKET
If staying indoors to shop is more your speed, cruise the booths at one of London’s farmers’ markets, where you’ll find a number of fantastic local retailers and artists under one roof. Plus you can stock up on everything you need for holiday baking and entertaining while you’re there!
Covent Garden Market is open seven days a week and offers special gifts made by local artisans of all kinds—you can even find a little local something for the furry fella in your house at The Barkery. Bring your skates and enjoy the outdoor rink, too.
On a wintry Saturday morning, there’s nothing like sipping a Fire Roasted coffee while checking off your Christmas list at the Western Fair Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market. The first floor farmers’ market has high-quality farm fresh goods, and the second floor has over 40 vendors offering handcrafted products, collectables, and more.
GIVE THE GIFT OF ENTERTAINMENT
Music’s biggest names and brightest rising stars hit the stage at Budweiser Gardens, the London Music Hall, and the Aeolian. These intimate venues give you three distinct concert experiences that you’ll only find in London.
And don’t forget that London has an incredible selection of locally-owned restaurants for every price point and palate, so whatever the entertainment, make it a night on the town.
FIND FABULOUS FASHION
Treat the style maven on your Christmas list to a little luxury from one of London’s fashion retailers. Carmina De Young is a local label producing beautiful business and evening wear for women right here in London. Or get a more relaxed look from Illbury & Goose, a lifestyle brand of high-quality garments and accessories for the whole family. And for the very cool little tyke in your life, check out Os and Oakes’ thoughtfully designed clothes for babies and toddlers.
HIT THE ‘HOODS
Set aside an afternoon to soak in the beauty of London’s neighbourhoods, and scout out great gifts from the unique shops that line their streets. In any of these ‘hoods, you’ll have no trouble finding a superb local dining experience to top off your day.
The Old East Village is known for its vintage goods, funky finds, and eclectic charm, while Byron’s shopkeepers offer up everything from handmade premium chocolates to men’s and women’s fashions. Wortley Village’s bustling sidewalks are lined with boutique shops and local art galleries, and you should definitely swing by Heist for London swag like t-shirts and mugs adorned with the names of your favourite local neighbourhoods.
Whatever your shopping habits, you’ll find a great selection of diverse and personal gifts by keeping your shopping list local this year while also supporting our city’s small businesses. With gift ideas for everyone from family to friends to that special someone, London’s independent boutiques and shops, you get to skip the mall AND strengthen our community all at the same time.