Whether you’re looking for London gift ideas for someone special, gifts for someone living in London, gifts for people moving to London or simply a souvenir to hold your memories across the pond—here are 50 London gift ideas—from a London travel blogger!
There’s nothing quite as challenging as gift gifting, especially when it’s to a London lover. Will a simple postcard suffice? Maybe I should go for some classy… a tea set maybe? What about one of the cute London mugs…autographed by…the Queen? Would the Queen autography my mug?
But no worries my friend, I’ve got you covered. Living in London since 2016 I’ve constantly been finding ways to give gifts to my family in the US that make them reminiscence the capital (and hopefully me). As a certified London lover, I’m always on the hunt for a good London gift find, and now I want to share them with you! Here’s 50 ideas to get you going.
London Personalised Souvenirs and Gifts for Him and Her
Because sometimes nothing can beat a classic souvenir. Here are some London gift ideas for him and her that are sure to remind them of across the pond.
1. London Underground Plaque
It simply doesn’t get more iconic than the Underground. The lovely handmade cast iron plaque is one of the best London themed gifts to hold your memories of Oyster cards, tube romances, and the charming British accents telling you to ‘mind the gap’ (no but seriously…mind the gap).
The plaque weighs 1.1kg (about 2.4 pounds), 21cm (8.2 inches) in height, and 26cm (10.2 inches) in width. Plus it’s made with two fixing holes so you can hang it anywhere, pick a wall, any wall!
2. Paper and City Handmade Cards
There’s nothing like a handmade card to show your appreciation—especially when it’s from London. Made by one of my favorite London creators, Alex Zouaghi (of @a_onthroad)—Paper and City has a wide collection of every London scene you could imagine—from lively Soho scenes to colorful Notting Hill, and of course, buzzing Oxford Street.
But it doesn’t stop there! If you want to bring your best memories of London to life, you can even customize your own postcard with any London element you choose (perfect for a birthday gift). A great way to give a highly personalised London gift and support a local London creative! Paper and Cities also donates some of the proceeds to various causes in need.
3. London Coasters
Up your tea game with these lovingly handcrafted coasters. The set of four comes with detailed drawings of Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, The Shard and the Gherkin. Each coaster is 10cm, made with high-quality Melamine, so the design will always stay intact.
4. London Travel Notebook
There’s something about documenting your travels that makes them all the richer. Give the gift of a London travel notebook to keep reminiscing on your time across the pond for years to come.
The eco-friendly journal is made from zero waste, 100% biodegradable and carbon friendly. All you have to do is choose ‘lined’ or ‘blank’ and the soft red exteriors will do the rest—reminding you to ‘Keep Calm and Write On’.
5. London Mug
Who doesn’t love the gift of a cuppa? The Simply London Mug is 12 ounces of all the reasons you love London. Individually made by UK local Victoria Eggs—the mug features nostalgic views of Tower Bridge, the London Eye, Big Ben…and the odd pigeon or two.
6. London Puzzle Box Set
We all know a puzzle lover. And if that puzzle lover also happens to love London, you’ve hit the jackpot!
Journey through London’s landmarks one piece at a time with this incredibly detailed London puzzle set. A perfect way to bond over 1,000 bits of iconic London landmarks—from St Paul’s Cathedral all the way to the London Eye.
7. London Big Ben Tea Towel
Every home needs a tea towel, and if it’s London-themed—even better!
The soft cotton gift features the forever-charming Big Ben with a backdrop of city scene silhouettes, red buses, black cabs, and a lazy boat along the Thames. The tea towel is 45cm by 73cm (17.7 by 28.7 inches) and even comes ready for gifting with a colorful paper band.
8. London Skyline Papercut Card
If you’re gifting a minimalist, this London Skyline Papercut Card might be just what you’re looking for.
The London keepsake comes hand-assembled from Kent, England and folds out to 60cm (152.4 inches) of London skyline including London Bridge; the Thames; the London Eye; St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Gherkin and Battersea Power Station. Its intricate and classy design makes it a great small gift for anyone with an affinity for London.
9. London Skyline Necklace
It’s hard to forget the gift of a necklace, especially a London necklace.
Bathed in silver (or gold) scenes of the capital this charming London gift is all you need to remind your special someone of their favorite city. The simple design comes with an adjustable length and slide clasp so you can size it perfectly for your receiver. Oh, and they’ve got bracelets too!
10. London Underground Socks
Everyone needs socks, which is why they always make a great gift! From Oxford Circus to Green Park and Goodge Street (love that name) the cozy pair comes with all you need to remind yourself of days on the Underground.
11. London is Calling Onesie
London’s Calling! If you’re gifting a little one, look no further than this London Onesie.
Each bodysuit comes with soft and breathable fabric, custom sizing, personalization options, and kid-safe ink. If you’ve got a future London lover 0-18 months, I really can’t think of a better gift.
12. Piece of London
If you’re looking for gift ideas for friends in London, why not give them a piece of London…literally!
Give the gift of land with 100 square inches of UK ownership. Once purchased, you’ll receive a print with the deed number and can even visit your ‘property’ for a small picnic or day out in nature.
13. London Grocery Bag
If you’ve ever been to London, you’ll know there’s a huge movement towards going green, especially when it comes to ending plastic-use.
Because of this, most Londoners opt to bring their own reusable bag, especially since they charge for ones from the store. The large London grocery bag is foldable and lightweight, perfect for shopping and traveling with.
14. United Kingdom Candle
There’s something about smell that instantly brings you back to a place. Share the gift of London with The United Kingdom candle—fit with all the soft scents of the UK from London rain and Earl Grey tea to warm sticky toffee.
The candles are made by a company called ‘Homesick’ with a mission to bring the nostalgia of a place into every home through scents sourced from locals.
15. British Throw Blanket
For something on the velvety side consider a British Throw Blanket to remind your special someone of London.
The blanket comes velvety soft with 51×26 inches and you’ve got two to choose from—one with an array of all the best London streets from Abbey Road to Picadilly Circus, or you can opt for the classic Britsh flag (too hard to choose for me—so I’ll let you decide!).
16. Harry & Megan Tea Set
If you totally swooned over the royal wedding (or know someone who did) then this Harry & Megan Tea Set will be a match made in heaven for you.
An ode to the Duke & Duchess this tea set comes with 40 bags of delicious English tea in a beautiful collectible tin. The tea comes from New English Teas and the picture is straight from Harry & Meghan’s big day at Windsor Castle.
17. London Loose Leaf Tea Tins
If you’re a tea lover with a preference for the classic things in life, how about an iconic London tea set?
The six quaint tins feature London’s red buses, Big Ben, an English Telephone Box, and a traditional post box. Each tin is packed with fine English loose leaf tea to sip the day away feeling like your best British self.
18. London Pillow (x2)
There’s no better way to dream of London than with a London pillow. The modern cushion comes snug with 18×18 inches and a unique London Christmas design.
The snow-covered Shard, typical English houses, Christmas trees, telephone boxes, and Big Ben covered in lights will be sure to remind you of all your favorite bits of London year-round.
19. London Whisky Gift Box
If you have a business colleague to impress (or a drink lover) bring on the whiskey—British whiskey that is.
The whisky gift set is finely crafted with high-quality crystalware for a relaxing late-night drink. The set includes 4 glasses and 4 coasters for 27 oz of your drink of choice. Unfortunately, alcohol isn’t included in the set—but considering it’s made by YKING London, it’d be a sin not to fill it with some London whisky to follow suit.
20. London Coordinate City Necklace
There’s something about reliving London moments that instantly takes you back.
Lucky Feather’s coordinate bar necklace comes engraved with the coordinates of London in 14K Gold (talk about a thoughtful gift!). Made nickel-free with a classy coordinate display—this London-themed gift is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
21. London Bear
I couldn’t think of a cuter way to remind someone of London. The Keel Tours Guardsman Bear is soft, plush, and incredibly detailed. Outfit included.
22. London Mind the Gap Mug
Fill your morning brew with thoughts of the Big Smoke. The ‘Mind the Gap’ mug is made of white ceramic and 100% dishwasher safe. Definitely the next best thing to taking the tube.
23-33. London Wall Art Gift Ideas
One of my favorite personalised gifts to give to London lovers is wall art!
From map prints of the city to painted scenes of people watching under Tower Bridge—there’s nothing like a daily reminder of the things, people and places you love the most, especially when it comes to this city.
I love London wall art so much in fact, that I wrote a whole blog post on it! So hop over to this post –> London Wall Art You’ll Love (from a London Travel Blogger!) for the next 10 gift ideas (don’t worry—it’ll open up in a separate tab!)
London Experience Gift Ideas
If you’re not one for material gifts, here are some London gift experiences and gift voucher ideas to help your friend or family explore all London has to offer.
34. London Afternoon Tea Cruise
If you love a good afternoon tea, you’ll love it even more on the Thames. The 1.5 hour cruise will whiz you around the best of London sights, all while indulging in scrumptious sweets, sandwiches, and tea of course.
• 1.5 hour cruise along the Thames
• Traditional Afternoon tea
• Unlimited tea and coffee
• Audio Commentary
35. Climb Up at the O2
I had such a great time climbing up The O2 (check out how it went here!) that I couldn’t make a London gift guide without giving it a worthy mention.
If you’re cool with heights, give the gift of the climb over one of London’s most iconic buildings for one of the best London gift experiences.
• 1.5 hour climb
• Climbing gear provided
• Secure Lockers for belongings
36. Harry Potter Tour
It’s hard to love London and not be a Harry Potter fan.
Book a Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio tour to spend a glorious day exploring the film sets, props, and costumes of the J.K Rowling classic. If you’ve got a Harry Potter lover in your life, there’s really no better gift.
• Entry ticket to Warner Brothers Studio
• Pick up and drop-off with coach service
37. The Shard
There’s nothing quite as scenic as London viewpoints, and you simply can’t go wrong with the view from the Shard.
Book your ticket (and make sure you tag along) to enjoy all the magic London has to offer at 72 floors in the sky. There’a also an option to add champagne if you want to make your experience a bit bubbly.
• Discounted ticket to The Shard
38. London Eye
No matter how many times you visit London—a trip to the London Eye will never get old. Take a ride above London and experience the city from a whole new perspective.
• Entry to London Eye (standard or fast-track)
• London Eye guide
39. London Dinner Cruise
If you’re gifting a romantic partner, you may want to opt for a dinner cruise.
The romantic River Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise is sure to leave your lover properly swooned—with a 3-hour journey past London’s most historic and modern sights. Cruising past everything from Tower Bridge to The O2, you’ll enjoy live music and lovely wine, all while dancing the night away—talk about a great gift.
• Dinner and dance cruise ticket
• 4-course dinner with 1 glass of sparkling wine
• Tea and coffee
40. Secret Food Tour
For a unique London experience, you may want to consider a food tour…of the secret variety.
Treat your family and friends to a day of indulgence in London’s foodie scene with 3 hours of munching around the capital, starting at Borough Market.
• Food tour guide
• All meals and drinks provided (check out the full menu here!)
London Gift Ideas for Staycations
If you’re looking for gifts from London and already in the city, a hotel staycation is the perfect way to show your appreciation to your special someone and get a mini vacation out of it—win-win!
41. citizenM Tower of London
Trendy and colorful with excellent views of Tower Bridge—the citizenM Tower of London isn’t the kind of hotel you forget easily.
Perched on top of Tower Hill you’ll be able to access all of Central London with ease, all at an affordable price point. Once you’re in your room, you can enjoy the XL king-size bed and stop off for a cocktail at their 7th-floor cloudMbar on the way.
42. The Chesterfield Mayfair Staycation
For a more chi-chi experience that is sure to impress, consider a stay The Chesterfield.
With Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Oxford street right at your fingertips (literally), you’ll be spoilt for things to do. But if you want to keep your stay in-house—simply enjoy all the British charm of the property and treat yourself to a bite at their renowned Butler Restaurant or an award-winning afternoon tea.
43. Artist Residence
For your hipster loving friend, lover or family that just can’t seem to get enough visits to the Tate—a stay the Artist Residence is sure to put you on their good side.
Nestled between Chelsea, Westminster, and Tate Britain (a truly triple threat) each room in the 10 bedroom residence comes uniquely designed with original works of art and fixings. Once you’re done eye-googling your room, head downstairs for ‘the Clubhouse’ filled with pop art, a speak-easy den, and all your art dreams come true.
44. The Hoxton, Shoreditch
The open-house hotels are inspired by the streets of the city, with each building holding an interesting story and local vibe you just can’t get anywhere else. The modern individually designed rooms are prime for a London getaway with breakfast in bed and any check-in and check-out time you please.
45. Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa
There’s something about Richmond that makes you feel like you’ve stepped out of London entirely. Give the gift of escaping the hustle with a night or two at The Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa.
The boutique hotel is a short hop from Central London, but once you get there, you’ll feel more like you’ve stepped into the English countryside than taken a short train ride. Boasting the perfect mix of sophistication and homey comforts—enjoy a day of everything from spa pampering to taking a stroll through all the 2,500 acres of Richmond Park has to offer (okay, maybe not all).
46. The Henrietta Hotel, Covent Garden
Covent Garden is hands down one of the prettiest neighborhoods in London, and in the center of it all lies the Henrietta Hotel.
Inspired by the history of Covent Garden and Italian design—the charming pink & blue bedrooms are everything you’d imagine when you think of a London escape.
London Gift Ideas for Book & Travel Lovers
If you’re gifting a book lover, why not give them a London travel book? Not only is it a great way to show “you get them” but they’ll get tons of recommendations and inspiration for their next London trip!
47. Pretty City London
The perfect coffee table book Pretty City London by Siobhan Ferguson is a must-read for anyone that loves London. With words strung together like beads and pictures to match Siobhan transports you to the pretty streets, mews, cafes, and hidden corners of London.
48. The 500 Hidden Secrets of London
Packed with the cultural nooks, weekend activities, and amusing London facts and tidbits it’s a great add to your London travel reads.
49. Quiet London
If you know someone who prefers the nooks and crannies of London, this book is an absolute gem.
Quiet London: Quiet Corners shares all the serene spots of the city to take a break from the hustle and bustle and appreciate the tranquil side of London.
50. Not For Tourists Guide to London
True to its name Not For Tourists Guide is your ultimate guide to London finds—unflocked by tourists.
Though there is an ironic Starbucks recommendation or two it’s a lovely pocketbook to have for a day of local wanderings.
51. Secret London: An Unusual Guide
Help your friend or family discover the secrets of London with this unusual guide. Written lovingly by two locals they’ve complied bounds of places and spaces in London easy to miss, but worth exploring none the less.
52. Eat London: All About Food
London and foodies go hand in hand. Give the gift of grub with a book that doesn’t hold back when it comes to the London food scene.
From chi-chi restaurants to hole-in-the-wall fish and chips spots—there’s really no better way to show someone you get their food and London obsession than with a food & travel book.
Feel free to let me know how your gift hunt goes @candaceabroad. Until then…