Make the most of the City
If you want the breadth of choice and quality you get from West End shopping but can’t face the crowds, head for the City
Tue Sep 24 2013
The gift shopper
If you need to buy a gift for someone special, you don't have to walk the length of London to seek out the best choices. Make your life easier and find every gift you need at One New Change. Some of the City’s finest landmarks are just a couple of minutes away, too, with gift shops full of quirky special presents and nifty ideas for smaller gifts.
The gift shopper's itinerary
Gift shopping requires planning! Start your day by going over your shopping list with a fresh coffee and enjoy the breathtaking views from the roof terrace at One New Change.
One New Change has all the answers for those who are notoriously hard to buy for! For those tricky teens, the colourful, well-crafted accessories at Swatch are hard to beat. If it’s the ‘for him’ gift that you're struggling to find, pop into Kurt Geiger for the perfect premium present.
St Paul’s Cathedral
One New Change sits in the shadow of the iconic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, so you know it’s just a few seconds' walk away. The cathedral’s gift shop is fantastic for unusual gifts for hard-to-buy-for dads, and is famed for its collectible chess sets.
Christ Church Greyfriars Rose Garden
One New Change is surrounded by lovely gardens, and one of the loveliest is the secluded and serene rose garden of Christ Church Greyfriars, a Wren church that was bombed in World War II. Rose beds mark where the pews once were, creating an incredible meadow feeling – the perfect spot to stop and rest.
Guildhall Art Gallery
Take a route back to One New Change via the Guildhall Art Gallery, just a couple of minutes away. Free to visit, the art gallery has a wonderful collection, including some gorgeous pre-Raphaelite paintings.
For premium chocolate, make sure you pop by One New Change’s Hotel Chocolat, where there's a box to suit every chocolate-lover in your life.
Bread Street Kitchen
Reward a successful shopping trip by enjoying five-star food at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. The restaurant and bar offers a relaxed dining experience that’s perfect for unwinding in style.
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