If you’re visiting London on a holiday, then it goes without saying that you’ll be hoping to take a little piece of the city back home, to show how much your favourite people mean to you, and share the best of the city. with so many luxurious treats to enjoy around the city, you can’t help but want to spoil them a little.
But if you’re at a loss at what to give your friends and family to make sure they don’t feel disappointed, read on for some great ideas on great luxury gifts. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to treat yourself to a little luxury when you’re in the city too – there are some fantastic 5 star hotels in London to relax in style in, including the outstanding the Montcalm Hotel London. Once you’re settled in with comfort, you can start planning the perfect gift shopping trip.
Pack a hamper with delicious foodie treats
You don’t have to look too far to find the perfect gift for friends who love delicious food, in London. You’ll find plenty of gourmet treats to take home, from decadent chocolates to delicious sweet and savoury condiments, and much more.
A short walk from the Montcalm Hotel London, discover the expansive Old Spitalfields Market, which houses a wide range of food and other gift items. With dozens of stalls around the indoor market, you’ll find some fantastic ones that feature unique, artisanal products, made by local craftspeople. The only question you have to consider is how generous you’re feeling, because there are ample tasty treats to sample and take away. While you’re at the market, be sure to try some great gourmet luxuries for yourself, too, from some of the mouth-watering street food to sweet pastries and hedonistic chocolate truffles.
If you really want to pack a gift bag that will impress someone, then it might be time to head out further afield, to some of the finest food courts in the city. Fortnum & Mason is a renowned destination for food lovers, established in the early 18th century, and well known for featuring the finest luxury food and drink products.
While they might be an upmarket destination, there’s something for all budgets, making a little touch of luxury within reach for everyone. Choose from chocolates, fragrant tea blends, or for the ultimate gift, a luxury food hamper, packed to the brim with delights. For an extra touch of luxury, you might also want to include a piece or two from the brand’s beautiful china collections, many of which celebrate a piece of British history, such as the birth of a Royal baby.
Choose something timeless
For friends and family with more refined tastes, choosing the right gift can be a little tricky. However, if you’re staying at the Montcalm Royal London House, you can take some style notes and choose a more elegant gift, to find that will stand the test of time.
With centuries of history, it’s no surprise that London is packed with excellent heritage craftspeople, each of them creating some of the best examples of contemporary work. You’ll find expertly made leather goods, jewellery and textile items, giving you plenty of choice to pick out a distinctive and thoughtful gift.
If you’re not sure where to find some of these, then head to Liberty in London’s West End. This illustrious Victorian department store is most famous for its distinctive floral and graphic prints, and you’ll be able to find the iconic Liberty print across all kinds of gift items, such as wallets, passport covers and handbags. The department store also features a wide range of luxury pieces from designers from around the world, and occasionally collaborates with some of the world’s best, to create some exceptionally covetable items.
Or if you’re after something exceptionally one of a kind, it’s worth visiting the city during the annual London Craft Week in summer, which celebrates and highlights the work of talented makers of all kinds from across the city, and providing the perfect venue to find a luxury gift you won’t come across anywhere else.
Gift them the perfect piece of paper
Paper goods might not instantly suggest luxury, but when it comes to expertly crafted stationery that exudes style and centuries of understated elegance, London has the market cornered. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of thick, smooth paper, delicately embossed with a personal monogram or a bespoke address to make someone feel special, and it’s the ideal gift for that fussy friend who already has it all.
If you’re looking for premium stationery in the city, it’s hard to beat the renowned store, Smythsons. Established in 1887, Smythson has been creating beautiful stationery and carefully crafted leather goods for over 125 years, and the brand holds the distinguished award of being royal warrant holders.
Their selection of handcrafted stationery, luxurious leather-bound diaries and notebooks, and exquisite small leather goods are good enough for the Royal Family, so they’ll certainly impress your friends back home.
Choose a unique and memorable scent
Perfume is often a popular gift, especially when you’re feeling a little unsure about what to give someone. But instead of choosing a last minute fragrance from the Duty Free selection, why not pick out something that’s a little more unique to London?
The city has quite a few illustrious perfume makers, but none of them is as enchanting as Penhaligon’s. Founded in the 19th century by William Henry Penhaligon, the perfume maker soon found himself appointed Perfumer to Queen Victoria.
The brand retains its royal roots, with a perfume collection that is steeped in luxury and exotic inspiration, with richly creative scents that reflect everything from London’s secret history to Victorian spice routes across the world.
The result is an impressive and memorable collection of scents, each of them packed in beautifully crafted packaging, to make every moment of the product a true luxury experience.
Do you have any other luxury gift ideas? Share them with us in our comments section to inspire other guests at The Montcalm Royal London House.