Quality Hotel Andover
Andover, EN SP116LA
Phone: (44) 1264 369-111
Fax: (44) 1264 369-000
If you are visiting Winchester, a trip to this delightful toy store is a must. It is arguably the most famous shop in the town and stocks a huge range of items, from early learning toys to adult games and puzzles. It is renowned for its novelty goods and buckets stuffed with creepy crawlies, which can be found on the ground floor together with a large selection of Brio goods, baby mobiles, baby walkers, Lego sets and an extensive range of Thomas the Tank Engine items. The top floor stocks toys for older children, including a large range of model cars and bikes, plus board games and jigsaws.
This small shop specializes in spirituality, world religion and new age literature. It stocks books covering topics as varied as Buddhism, Christianity, healing, massage, detoxification and even King Arthur. It additionally has a small arts and crafts range, which includes Tibetan singing bowls, and it also stocks world music CDs, posters and charts. The Speaking Tree started life as a small stall at the Glastonbury Festival, but now has branches across the country. The south coast branch can be found opposite the Antique and Craft Market in Kings Walk, Winchester.
This CD store in Eastleigh is small but well-stocked, with an extensive selection of rock, pop and chart CDs. There are separate sections for soul, dance, heavy metal, country and folk and there is a decent second hand section, where you can pick up CDs by the likes of Ash, The Lightning Seeds and Bruce Springsteen for GBP5. New titles cost between GBP10 and GBP15 and the shop often runs promotions, such as three CDs for GBP20. It also stocks rare T-shirts by US punk bands like Pennywise, Green Day and NOFX.
Located in the Swan Shopping Centre in Eastleigh, this small store stocks a decent selection of mainstream books. Laid out like a miniaturized version of Waterstone's, it contains a healthy mix of bestsellers, classics, fiction, non-fiction and reference books. There is also a good sized children's section at the back. Nosing around the store may prove fruitful as selected books are often sold at discounted prices. A computerized book search facility is also available. (Call +44 843 290 8303 for more.)
James Meade is a relative newcomer to the Bath shopping scene, but the store is making an impact on shoppers looking for classic styling and quality workmanship. Stylish separates and office wear are well represented and towards the back of the shop there is a large selection of cashmere from the range. The staff are suitably attentive and polite and will store bags on request. Altogether, an excellent place to find classic designs at reasonable prices.
If you've just left Harrods, despondent about the designer price tags, fret no more. Just around the corner, Bertie Golightlys two-story shop sells a wide array of designer samples and mostly new clothing. Mostly new meaning that no one has actually worn these threads before, and they are likely to be two or three seasons old. However, women on the hunt for true classics like a great Chanel handbag or Gucci evening wear; at an affordable price will feel instantly better the minute they walk through Bertie Golightys doors.
The stylishly converted factory buildings in this pretty riverside shopping village house a good range of factory outlet shops. You'll find glassware, carpets, ladies' and men's fashion and bed linen among other items. Shopping here is a relaxing experience with a licensed self-service restaurant on the first floor and a courtyard cafe that is ideal for a coffee or an ice-cream. There is also a children's play area. While you're here make sure you take a tour of the world-famous Wilton Carpet Factory.
This traditional and very high-class shoe shop has been around since 1803 and has a beautifully laid out interior with open wrought iron staircases connecting different levels. There aren't many actual shoes on display at the W.J. French & Son, helpful staff will bring a selection of footwear to you and there is a tasteful absence of price stickers. Don't expect high fashion footwear; the emphasis here is on class and style. There is a good children's section, again fairly expensive, and the shop provides a comprehensive repairs service, including re-soling and re-heeling gentlemen full length riding boots.
Stocking everything you could need for holistic healing and self help, The Stellar Gateway specializes in books and holds a lot of titles published in the US, covering subjects ranging from relationships to shamanism. The shop will also order specialist books for you and provides a mail order service. For seekers of the practical rather than the theoretical there are crystals of all kinds, aromatherapy oils, meditation CDs and chakra balls. The shop also provides an information service for local groups, so if you want to get in touch with local therapists or workshops, come and peruse the notice board.
An established name in most UK high streets, Ryman has specialized in stationery for over a century. It is the place to stop every September before school starts or whenever your office supplies are running low. The Southampton branch can be located in London Road, at the top of the city center. It stocks everything from folders to pens, notepads to address books, so whatever your stationery needs, you know where to come. For more details, call ahead on the toll free number +0800 80 1901
A cornucopia of Chinese food, Yau Brothers & Company Limited is primarily a wholesaler for the Chinese restaurant trade, but it is also open to the general public. There are some real bargains to be found, especially in the seafood section, and you do not have to buy everything in huge quantities. The herbs and spices are particularly good value, especially when compared to supermarket prices. The only drawback is that most items are labeled in Chinese, so unless you can identify the contents by sight, or you take a Chinese-speaking friend along, you may have a few surprises. The first floor contains a selection of cooking implements.
The Art House Gallery Café is a lively community space which is run for love, not for profit. The ambient and inviting vibe is unmistakable and attracts a wide range of people who love art, food or just a friendly place to meet and enjoy a cuppa! There is a varied programme of events from Storytelling to Origami, as well as live music showcasing original, local music. The café serves up flavorful and exemplary dishes prepared from fresh and healthy ingredients - many of which are locally produced, organic and fair trade. Please check the website for opening times and events.