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UK Shopping Ideas -- What to Buy and Where

The low down on shopping in the UK for visitors. Learn where to find the bare necessities and where to shop till you drop. Plus information about VAT.
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Top UK Cities for Markets
Food, household goods, fashions, crafts and a great line in market banter. Head for these cities for the best markets in England.

Dual Voltage Power Strip - One Clever Solution for Two Travel Problems
Leave the power converters and bags full of adaptor plugs at home. These dual voltage power strips may do the job of both.

Top UK Department Stores - A Handy Guide
When you have a lot of shopping to accomplish in a short time - and visitors often find themselves in that position - a department store can be handy. This guide will help you figure out what to shop for in the different department store groups around the UK.

Plan a Weekend Getaway to Bath
Bath is one of England's most charming shopping destinations. Plan a girlie weekend getaway in Bath with lots of shopping and a dip in the spa.

Multi-Purpose Handbags to Travel Light - 5 Best Buys
If you're flying short hop flights around the UK, a handbag that doubles as a carry-on is just what you need to cope with budget airline luggage rules.

Lightweight or Packable Backpacks - 10 Best Buys
Give me a light, packable backpack any day. I've never seen the point of the big ones for ordinary travelers. Why travel bent under a pack the size of a small European car? We've all seen the backpacker, nearly folded in half under the weight of an entire bedroom closet, wiping out innocent bystanders as while lumbering along to catch a plane, bus or train. But small, packable daypacks are ideal …

Best Shoes for Journeys - Top 10 Men's Travel Shoes
Minimize space wasters in your luggage with comfortable, multi-purpose shoes. The best shoes for a traveling man to take on a journey, are city smart and country casual at the same time, as well as being super comfy for leisure walking.

Comfy Women's Travel Shoes - 9 of the Best
Comfortable and stylish women's travel shoes that will keep you on your feet, sightseeing all day long.

Camden Markets Bulletin - Visitors Update on Camden Market Fires
Update on Camden Markets area following the fire. Road closures and rail services around Campden Markets, February 10 2008

Birmingham - A Shoppers' Paradise in the Midlands of England
Birmingham in the English Midlands is a surprising shoppers paradise. From smart designer shops to historic, multi-ethnic markets and a glittering jewelry quarter, there are cool shopping districts all over England's underrated Second City.

Dual Voltage Appliances for UK Visitors to Use Home and Abroad
These dual voltage appliances can be used at home and abroad, in the UK and throughout Europe. Why buy heavy and expensive converters and transformers when, with dual voltage products all you need is a cheap adaptor plug?

Antiques for Everyone Fair at NEC Birmingham, England
Antiques for Everyone, a major Antiques Fair series, takes place three times a year at the NEC Birmingham, England.

Currency Exchange Rates - What's it Worth in the United Kingdom?
The latest exchange rate information and how to find it. What do UK prices mean in your own currency and why are prices given in GB Pounds here.

UK Shopping Guide to the High Street - Where to Buy Day-to-Day Needs
UK Shopping Guide to the High Street - A Guide to High Street Shops where visitors will find basic items they may need while traveling. Read about where to find medicines and first aid supplies, candy and snacks and other small purchases while on the road in the UK.

What is "The High Street"?
UK Shopping - Frequently Asked Questions. What is a high street? What are high street shops and what can you buy in them?

UK Currency Basic Information
Basic information about UK currency from About's London guide Laura Porter.

Photographs of UK Money
Get used to the look of UK money before you arrive. This handy photo gallery from About's London guide, Laura Porter, will help.

VAT: Value Added Tax
No matter what you call it, a sales tax is a sales tax. About.com's London expert explains the mystery of VAT.

Chip and PIN Card Payments
About.com's London guide explains the payment card most stores now accept - and many demand. Find out about Chip and PIN cards.

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