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A Great British Brand

HOW IT ALL STARTED
In 1993, the first Cath Kidston store opened in a small shop in Notting Hill, west London. Selling brightly coloured, customised second-hand furniture, vintage fabrics and wallpapers, Cath Kidston developed a unique design style that turned practical products into something witty, fresh and fun. The shop and its products soon became a cult success. Originally inspired by taking traditional print and using it in a fresh, surprising and modern way, Cath began designing her own unique printed fabrics and using them to create simple, practical products. One of her first items was an ironing board cover. Practical, with a distinctive floral print, it epitomised the Cath Kidston look and remains an iconic item in the collection. More than 20 years later, the brand continues to create useful, everyday products with that unique Cath Kidston twist that makes them must-have items. The collection has expanded to include homeware, accessories, womenswear and a Cath Kids range for children. Cath Kidston has opened stores across the globe and is an iconic British brand at home and away.

INSIDE THE PICCADILLY STORE
Cath Kidston’s UK flagship store at 180 Piccadilly opened in December 2013, an event the brand celebrated with a fleet of branded London taxis that burst out of a giant gift at Marble Arch and offered free rides to the store. The 7,070 sq ft store is the brand’s largest; it has three floors of homeware, accessories, women’s clothing and childrenswear.The store has become a shopping destination for Londoners and tourists alike, thanks to its fun range of products, including souvenirs. For those looking to pick up a gift or two, the new marching band print will be music to your ears! There are a further 19 London stores, including ones at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and St Pancras train station, as well as at both Westfield malls, Harrods and shopping destinations Covent Garden and Marylebone.
180 Piccadilly, W1J 9ER.
T: 0207 499 9895.
www.cathkidston.com

SOUVENIR SHOPS
BUCKINGHAM PALACE SHOP
Corgi slippers, anyone? This souvenir shop is home to quirky items but specialises in gifts that are fit for royalty, including chinaware and tiaras. Look out for the new Halycon Days bracelets, which are inspired by the palace interiors.
7 Buckingham Palace Road,
London,
SW1W 0PP

LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM
The shop at this popular museum is a haven for Tube fans. Merchandise ranges from vintage Underground posters and T-shirts with images of Tube stations emblazoned on them, to limited-edition map-printed Fender guitars.
Covent Garden Piazza,
London,
WC2E 7BB

TWININGS
This Royal Warrant Holder has supplied tea to the Royals since 1837. The Strand store is one of London’s oldest shops. Find gifts, from teas to teapots, as well as a tea bar.
216 Strand,
London,
WC2R 1AP

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