If you know someone who’s visiting London in the near future, getting them a gift that they’ll be able to use while on their trip to London is a GREAT idea– they’ll love it! Or, if you’re visiting London soon, pass this London gift guide onto your friends and family so they get some great ideas for what to get you for the holidays or your birthday.
Let’s start off small…
Travel size umbrella
Anyone visiting London will need a travel-sized umbrella, it’s good to have on hand because you never know when a little shower might pop up when you’re out and about.
Visitor Oyster Card
Give the gift of free public transportation! You can order a visitor oyster card ahead of time, and load it up with as much money as you want, I’d say go with about £7 per day that they’ll be in London.
Another thing most people need when visiting London is a power adapter. If you’re coming from pretty much anywhere but the UK, your plugs won’t fit into the sockets here. So go on Amazon and grab some adapters for them to use for their phone chargers and such. Make sure it’s the correct one for your country’s plugs.
A tour of London
Now, I’m very picky about what tours I recommend, but here are four that I always do.
The East End and Street Art Tour is great for people who’d want to see a bit more of the grungy side of London, and who love street art.
For music lovers, the Camden Markets and Music Legends Tour is the one that they’ll like best. A musician follows you around playing beautiful acoustic songs!
For history buffs, the British Museum Tour is a good one since the museum is really big and overwhelming.
Finally, the Eating London East London Food Tour covers the history of East London, plus street art, and of course, lots of food. This is more expensive than the other tours but it’s a really good one for foodies.
Afternoon tea experience
London visitors absolutely must go for afternoon tea, it’s tradition, and such a lovely experience. The easiest way to purchase this for someone is to do so on a gift voucher site like Virgin Experience Days.
Here are some examples:
G & Tea at Mr. Fogg’s (afternoon tea with a gin twist)
Afternoon tea at The Ritz (world famous)
*Double check the terms and conditions of the voucher before you buy it, as you’ll want to make sure that it’s redeemable for the dates that your recipient will actually be in London.
Lunch or dinner experience
Along the same lines as the afternoon tea experiences, these gift experience sites usually have lunch or dinner experiences you can get too. Often, they’ve got good deals for lunches at high-end, Michelin starred restaurants, so that would make a great gift.
Here are some examples:
Three Course Lunch with Cocktail for Two at Michelin Starred Benares (I recommend this restaurant in The Local Guide to London)
Tickets for London attractions
Most London visitors will want to experience at least one or two attractions while they’re here. Those tickets can really add up cost-wise, so getting them as a gift would certainly be appreciated.
There are a few ways you could go about doing this…
If there’s something that you know the gift receiver really wants to do, you could just go ahead and buy the ticket for them. How this works varies by attraction however, some of them require you to buy a ticket for a specific day and time, and that’s when it could get a little tricky because you’ll need to make sure that you’re choosing a day and time that doesn’t conflict with anything else they want to do.
Alternatively, you could get them an attraction pass like The London Pass or the London Explorer Pass. Both work a little bit differently, but in the end they give the ticket holder free entrance to select attractions across London. By getting one of these passes, it gives your recipient more freedom for what attraction they choose to go to, and also when they go. For some help with these two passes, watch or read:
One more option is to get them a ticket for a Hop on Hop Off bus tour. They can use the ticket on any day that they’d like, and they get 24 hours of using those classic “hop on hop off” buses as they like, giving them flexibility to see what they want. For more info on the pros and cons of these types of buses, watch this video.
West End theatre tickets
The West End is London’s famous theatre district, so tickets to a show are a great idea for anyone who likes theatre.
Here are some shows I suggest:
The Local Guide to London
My e-guide can really easily be purchased as a gift, even last-minute. The Local Guide to London is where every single one of my best local recommendations for what to do, see eat and drink in London are. The digital PDF guide is over 70 pages long and has recommendations for all types of budgets, and select packages include a digital map that they can add right to their phone, so they can always find my top recommendations no matter where they end up in London…it’s very convenient. Learn more about the guide here.
London Photo Session
If you think that your recipient would like some lovely photos of their visit to London, you could get them a professional vacation photo shoot. Essentially, they’ll have a private photographer get some gorgeous photos of them around the city, and it’s nice especially for families and couples that want to get photos with everyone in them… usually someone has to be taking the photo! They’ll look at those photos fondly for the rest of their lives. Learn more about my London Photo Sessions.
I think you’ll also like my round up of the best London-themed gifts on Etsy. Even if they aren’t going to London anytime soon, any London lover would love to get one of these gifts.
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