ARK is the place for unique gifts. Indeed, individuality is so highly prized that if an item starts to appear in other shops, it immediately joins ARK’s rolling sale. Right from the moment you set eyes on its pink-trimmed exterior, the shop is an upbeat and uplifting place. The stylishly unusual range inside includes handmade wooden toys, glass balloons, towering floor lamps , dazzling jewellery and British-made leather goods.


Bypass the usual high street names that populate The Grand Arcade and head to Giulio for a serious shopping spree. This mens and womenswear store presents the very best of luxury and contemporary designers from Alexander McQueen and Helmut Lang to MSGM and REDValentino. It’s a fresh and exciting edit that you won’t find at larger high fashion retailers. Staff are on-hand yet not officious, letting you browse before they make their expert fashion and lifestyle knowledge apparent. Get the most out of your visit with its bespoke shopping service.

G. David Bookseller

Known colloquially as David’s, this under-the-radar bookshop is tucked down St Edward’s Passage, mere moments from the hordes of tourists busy marveling at King’s College or ambling around the Central Square market. For bibliophiles, once this blue-canopied shop is found, it is never forgotten. It specialises in antiquarian tomes, fine bindings, second-hand books and publisher’s remainders. The rare book room a veritable treasure-trove of old leather-bound volumes by Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens.



G. David Bookseller

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