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.
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
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.
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.
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
City of London
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
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.