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The definitive guide to gift shopping (like a royal) in London

Insider Guide by Ginza co-founder Sarah Ahern and inspired by the Windsors

Get inspiration for where to shop and and what to buy for that person in your life who has everything with this ‘royally approved’ gift guide.


Read on to discover a diverse but refined selection of London-based purveyors of everything from chocolates to enamel objects - all of which are appointed suppliers to the royal family.


Chocolates: Prestat

14 Princes Arcade, St. James's, London SW1Y 6DS, UK

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Delicious 'jewel box' chocolates and truffles from Prestat

This small, colourful chocolate shop in the Princes Arcade holds two royal warrants and was named by The Economist as the third best chocolate shop in the world. The chocolates were a favourite of the late Queen Mother, who would buy violet and rose cremes for her grandchildren. The brand is also said to have been Roald Dahl’s favourite and the inspiration behind Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.


Stationery: Mount Street Printers

4 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3LW, UK

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Mount Street Printers gorgeous shop-front beckons you in to a world of paper

If you are lucky enough to be on the guest list for a royal event, you can expect a gilt-edged invitation from this little family-run printers. In addition to a beautiful range of both bespoke and off-the-shelf letterheads and notecards, you will also find leather-bound notebooks and other small leather goods.


Fragrance: Floris

89 Jermyn St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6JH, UK

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Smell like a queen with fragrance from parfumerie Floris

This elegant perfume shop on Jermyn Street was opened ned in 1730, by Juan Famenias Floris and his wife Elizabeth. It received a royal warrant in 1820. It is believed that Queen Elizabeth II’s signature scent is White Rose, a floral fragrance with a bouquet of carnations - the Queen’s favourite flower.


Books: Hatchards

187 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9LE, UK

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The charming frontage of Hatchards on Piccadilly

Britain’s oldest bookshop was established in 1787 and has retained its charm. It is a bibliophile’s heaven, stocking both new and out-of-print titles, as well as interesting selection of signed first editions. Queen Charlotte, consort to George III, is said to have been one of the shop’s first customers and Hatchards is to this day the royal family’s chosen bookseller.


Objets d'art and accessories: Halcyon Days

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27 Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LP, UK

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Stationary doesn't get much sexier than this...

This shop began as a Mayfair-based antique shop in 1950, which has revived the art of enamelling copper to create beautiful trinket boxes and other objects and accessories. The shop is currently located in Royal Exchange near bank station.


Wine and spirits: Berry Bros & Rudd

63 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5HZ, UK

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Pick up a bottle or four at the iconic Berry Bros & Rudd wine shop

The oldest seller in this guide, Berry Bros & Rudd was established in 1698, when the Widow Bourne opened a shop at No. 3 St Jame’s Street. Today the company stocks over 5000 wines, and the staff here are so kind and knowledgeable that the shopping experience is beyond enjoyable.