Monday, 22 December 2014

Curry's Christmas London Walk

A few weeks ago I went on a Christmas shopping walking tour of London run by Best LDN Walks* in association with Currys*. We started at Green Park went to lots of independent shops on the search for different Christmas gifts which are a little bit more special than the high street. We also all wore different fitness trackers to see how many steps we did, to show that you can burn those all important Christmas calories even while shopping. It did feel like most of the shops were quite near each other and we ended at Piccadilly which is the next Tube stop along.
The tour was very interesting and great fun, it was fantastic to learn so much and see different parts of London I wouldn't normally visit. It was also a great contrast to riding the tube. This tour is great if your looking for special presents for Christmas or you just want to find some hidden gems in London. I will be posting a vlog of the day next week so be on the look out for that on my YouTube channel, I got some great footage that day as I went to a few events and we got stuck walking through about 500 people dressed as Father Christmas doing Santa Con which was very amusing.
My Jawbone UP 24 Fitness Tracker* £99.99
Now onto the tour, this is a photo heavy post... First we went to Charbonnel and Walker which is the Queen's chocolate shop and sampled her favourite treat in the form of a violet rose chocolate which was beautiful and tasted a lot like parma violets.

Next we went to Hatchards which is the oldest bookshop in the UK, it was huge with a whopping 5 floors so everyone is bound to find something they liked.

Then we went off to the oldest cigar merchants in London, James J Fox, which supplied Winston Churchill with his favourite smoke, which you can still buy. This would make a brilliant present for a smoker.
The actual chair Winston Churchill sat on and smoked

Next we stopped at Berry Brothers which is the oldest wine merchant in London, it amazingly still has the original floor and furnishing. This company supplied the Titanic and the Cutty Sark so even if you are not into your wine it is a great part of history.
The Kinds Ginger... We sampled this and it was so strong! 

We then had a quick stop at Lock and Co which is a very old Hat shop, selling every kind of hat you can think of and are amazing quality. I did drool over the fur a little bit.

The penultimate stop was a perfume shop called Floris. The perfume was very high quality so is a very special gift for a lady. They even still stock the scents they supplied to Marilyn Monroe, Ian Fleming and Winston Churchill (Marilyn's wasn't all that, it smelt like citronella).

Paxton and Whitfield is a cheese shop in London, I did walk in but I actually just walked straight back out again. As much as I love cheese, it really did smell quite strong in there.

This tour is a great idea if your taking a trip to London and it only costs £8 which is brilliant value. I actually walked a huge 7200 steps on the tour along which I was so surprised at. I am loving my Fitness Tracker and I have worn it everyday since. It even has a smart alarm which can wake you up at the perfect moment when sleeping... How awesome is that! For more info on the smart tech please check out the Curry's official blog post here.

Thanks for reading

Chloe x

P.S. The vlog will be up in a couple of weeks. Spoiler alert... Its a gooden!

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  1. Ive always wondered how many steps I do in a day, nowhere near this many I don't think!

    1. I think you would be surprised! I don't do much during the week as I drive to work and sit in the office all day but at the weekend I do lots and it's just from running errands x

  2. What a lovely little trip, and £8 is mega cheap considering how many places you visited along the way! I'd love to visit those oldie-worldie shops, a nice alternative to just shopping on Oxford street etc. Looking forward to seeing the vlog :)

    Hannah x | hannatalks

    1. I totally agree, most of the time the bigger shops are extremely busy and over whelming, so the small independent shops are a nice change x

  3. Love your pics! Looks like it was a really interesting day - I can't believe the price! £8! I was expecting £50+! I might have to look into going on one of these tours or purchasing a ticket as a present! Xx

    Tania |

    1. I know right, such great value for money. Makes a great day out! x