Cool Britannia

What I know about Britain is mostly hearsay. As far as London is concerned, I am told that the chocolate is tastier, the rain is frequent, and the Underground is the longest metro system in the world. I have read that traditional fish & chips is a must eat, and Westminster Abbey is a must see. The red telephone boxes have become monuments in their own right, and of course there's Abbey Road made famous by four lads from Liverpool.

My friend and her husband are moving to London come Spring, which makes my first visit across the pond a more pertinent reality. For Christmas I gave her a basket of all things unique to London, containing Marks & Spencer tea and biscuits, Cadbury UK chocolates including the famed Curly Wurly bar, Frommer's Born to Shop London traveler's companion, and the movie Notting Hill starring Britain's own Hugh Grant. But after coming across these cool products, I wish I had more room in the basket!

J xx

1.  Heal's, Cool Britannia Dinnerware: Celebrate being British with the Cool Britannia Dinnerware Range, designed and manufactured in England. This range lets you dine with pride with three of Britain's famous emblems decorating each piece of the set. Includes a dinner plate, side plate, bowl, mug and an egg cup.
Click to: www.heals.co.uk

2.  Jan Constantine, Pop Art Collection Pillows: The Constantine Collection includes original, hand-embroidered designs featured on exquisite textiles and home accessories that stand alone as unique speciality products in the interiors market. The Constantine Collection is designed for today, and each speciality item is destined to be an "heirloom of the future".
Click to: www.janconstantine.com

3. Miroslav Sasek, This is London, available at Chapters Indigo: From the Czech author/ illustrator of the "This is" series of books, This is London contains vibrant illustrations and presents impressions of London with its beautiful buildings, historic monuments, bridges, parks, shops and Piccadilly Circus, black cabs, Horse Guards, and famed Underground. The delightful narrative will charm both children and their parents. This is London, first published in 1959.
Click to: www.chapters.indigo.ca

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