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Journal15th December 2022

Shopping and gift guide

London is known as one of Europe’s shopping capitals and Bedford Corner Hotel is ideally situated to let you explore all the best retail opportunities, whether you’re window shopping or splashing the cash.

Where to shop when you stay at Bedford Corner Hotel

London is known as one of Europe’s shopping capitals and Bedford Corner Hotel is ideally situated to let you explore all the best retail opportunities, whether you’re window shopping or splashing the cash.

Here’s our guide to the best independent bookshops, markets, gifts and other shopping near Bloomsbury. 

Book shops

Gay’s the Word is the UK’s oldest LGBT+ bookshop, opening in January 1979. A 14 minute walk from Bedford Corner Hotel, you can browse titles by old favourites and discover new authors to fall in love with. 

Judd Books was named Bloomsbury’s best bookshop by Literary London and is just 15 minutes from Bedford Corner. With over 50,000 titles in stock, you’re sure to find something for some holiday reading. 

Just three minute’s walk from Bedford Corner is Treadwells, a bookshop specialising in the occult, magic and witchcraft. Browse titles covering herbalism and Wicca, astrology and divination, pick up some tarot cards or check out their events. 

London Review Bookshop is a nine minute walk from Bedford Corner Hotel. Offering an excellent tea or coffee and delicious cakes (just perfect to go with a good book) you’ll find you can easily while away an afternoon in London Review Bookshop. 

Fashion

Oxford Street, one of London’s primary shopping destinations, is just a 13 minute walk from Bedford Corner Hotel. Featuring many flagship stores of top fashion brands and designers, Oxford Street is an absolute must. From Aldo to Zara, and just about everything in between, Oxford Street has everything you need for Christmas shopping, birthday treats or just because. 

There are also plenty of places to eat and drink on Oxford Street, or you can check out our guide to the best breakfast, brunch and lunch around.

Independent shops

Pentreath and Hall, 15 minutes from Bedford Corner on foot, offers carefully chosen homewares, accessories and stationery. Perfect for picking up a gift to take home with you.

Also 15 minutes away lies Darkroom, a lifestyle store which will delight lovers of geometry, bold prints and block colours. From bathroom tiles to planters, earrings to notebooks, you can find just the right gift for just about anyone here. 

Thornback and Peel, 17 minutes from Bedford Corner Hotel, offers hand printed homewares and textiles. Their pretty fabrics are also available to buy for your own projects. 

Camden Market

If shopping’s your thing then a trip to Camden Market is a must. Stalls full of quirky, unique gifts, handmade and vintage fashion, one off pieces and hand crafted accessories await as you wander through the market.

From Bohemian fashions and retro upcycled pieces to handmade leather bags and eco-friendly jewellery, Camden Market is heaven for magpies and bargain hunters, as well as serious fashionistas. 

Explore the incredible array of street food kiosks and stands at Camden Market, to get you through your day.

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