Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I Like, I Want: The Royal Festival Hall Gift Shop

It's no secret that I'm a fan of gift shops.  Take me to any museum and it's the gift shop you'll have trouble tearing me away from - not the exhibit.

In London, there are two that I particularly enjoy browsing:  the shops at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) and the Royal Festival Hall.  Problem is, I don't usually have a browsing buddy to help me make decisions (or the money, for that matter).  If I'm at a loss for Christmas or birthday gifts, I head to either of the two and am guaranteed to leave with a bag on my arm.  Although a lot of the products are often overpriced, the majority of them are unique and therefore, sure to make the person receiving the gift very happy (I know I would be).  From note cards, chic tote-bags bearing colorful designs to gorgeous jewellery, these shops will never leave you disappointed.

Luckily, my mom was on hand last week when we dashed into the Royal Festival Hall's gift shop minutes before (literally, minutes before - the cashier was still wrapping our purchases when the 5-minute announcement was made) a concert by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  While she quickly decided on two, chunky and sophisticated necklaces, I selected the ring above, which, at £4 was an absolute bargain.  And as they come in a variety of colors, I may be back for more.  Who knows?

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