Berry Bros and Rudd

To continue this holiday theme, lets talk shopping. And since we are in London lets talk about where the Queen does her shopping. You know, because I’m posh like that. I went on a Christmas shopping tour hosted by Best LDN Walks; it was all about cheese, gin and fitness…yes fitness. Currys gave each member of the tour a new bit of wearable tech to track the energy we expended while on this decadent tour. I’m pretty sure that meant it was technically exercise?

I was given the Jawbone which is a fitness tracker you wear on your wrist, it is meant to track how many steps you take, when you are most active and your sleep. First thought was that it was not the most comfortable thing to wear , not sure if that was because I had about five layers on top of it (this is London in December y’all) or because it is a relatively bulky bit of plastic wrapped around your wrist. But as soon as we got going there was a serious amount of treats to distract me.

Jawbone UP London

Each of the shops we were going to is the current holder of a royal warrant, that means that the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales shops there. First stop was to Charbonnel et Walker the chocolate shop that feeds the Queens craving for Violet Creams. Sampling the Queen’s favorite chocolate was an experience in itself, it was like eating chocolate buttons after having used perfume as a mouthwash…maybe its an acquired taste. I do know however that Charbonnel et Walker’s hot chocolate is flipping fantastic and well worth picking up as a stocking filler.

Charbonnel et Walker chocolates

After hitting a couple more shops (that I can’t mention because I may or may not have purchased Christmas presents there) we made our way to Hatchards the oldest bookshop in the UK. It is heaven for bibliophiles and a lot of the books on the tables are signed copies. I wonder if the Royals have ever read a non signed book? At this point I may have got a little distracted because I spotted the real Bill Nighy shopping for a book or two, it seemed fitting to see one of the Love Actually cast members on a Christmas shopping tour!

After a brief stop in the pub for mulled wine, not feeling guilty about the indulgence at all because one look at my Jawbone told me that I had so far walked 2,339 steps. With that sort of extreme level of exercise under our belts it was onto my personal highlight of the tour, the gin shop. Well to be more specific Berry Bros. and Rudd are a wine and spirit merchant, but I was all about the sloe gin sample that was needed to battle the winter cold. Sloe Gin is is combination of ripe, wild sloe berries and is then infused in London Dry Gin, it tastes (dangerously) like juice. I may or may not have had more than one sample…but if the Queen drinks it it must be good, and with a Jawbone on my wrist everything I did was to be considered healthy.

Jawbone UP review

After a few more Royal worthy stops: Fox of St James’s where Winston Churchill purchased his cigars, John Lobb where a custom made pair of boots can take 9 months, Floris of London and to smell the perfume of Marilyn Monroe. We fought our way through upward of a thousand drunk Santas (it was the day of the infamous SantaCon) to the Christmas lights of Piccadilly where we said our goodbyes.

The perfume of James Bond

That night I was off to #SinterThanksgiving (more on this in the next post), and on my way there I checked out my Jawbone stats. I had walked up a whopping 4,085 steps which was 40% of my recommend 10,000 steps a day. Not bad for a decadent two hour shopping trip. I was sold on the Jawbone up until the dessert course of SinterThanksgiving where I checked again and it said I had taken over 1,000 steps over the course of the meal. Vastly concerning since I had been sitting in a chair the entire time and my only ‘activity’ had been lifting my wine glass…oops.

SantaCon London


I have all of a sudden become SUPER excited for Christmas. Not sure if it is because the weather has finally turned in London (had to wear gloves for the first time today or if it is all the Christmas decorations appearing in shops…but I am ready for the mulled wine and holiday cheer. To get us started I thought I would pick out my current favorites that fingers crossed are under the tree! Just click on the images to see prices etc.

First up is shoes, London is a known destroyer of shoes especially since I moved into a cobblestone area. So here are my favorite Keds at the moment; a matt silver and a leopard print that turns into hearts…super cute!


Next up has to be coffee, because turns out there are ways of becoming caffeinated at home! And since its me it has to be brightly coloured.

I have been obsessed with anything galexy print for some time now, can someone pretty please buy me this?

The very first time I came to London I saw this Banksy on Southbank (before I even knew who Banksy was!), so this wall sticker means a lot to me.

And of course it wouldnt be a Runawaykiwi list without some jewellery, so here is my pick for rings, earrings and necklaces…

And if Hollywood movies have taught me anything, Christmas is nothing without a  nice handbag.

Bow Cage

Leather Flat Sandals Tan Stud

Plaited Sandals

Strapped Tan Sandals


Anthropologie John Lewis M&S Cushion M&S Next Oliver Bonas

Amazon Locker

As much as I love shopping online, the unhappy side effect is the pain of missing the postman. You miss the delivery, and then either have to wait round for hours for the re-delivery or have to trek to the post office and then spend half a day waiting in line. It gets to the point that it would have been quicker to just buy your stuff in an actual shop.

Thankfully Amazon has the solution, the Amazon Locker. They are dotted all throughout London and look like very minimalist wardrobes. You order online, your order gets shipped to the Locker location you have selected, you get sent a code and then you just go to the locker and enter the code and the door opens like magic. Very very convienient and takes all the pain out of the internet shopping schbang.

The best part is that in the UK they are delivering to Amazon Lockers for free for the next month or so – try it!

Amazon Locker Door Open