A recent walk along the Strand in search of fidget spinners led me to start thinking about souvenirs. Sadly the Strand doesn’t feature in London-themed merchandise – it’s not as cool as the other big streets. A couple of years ago I asked a souvenir seller why he didn’t have items with the Strand? He just laughed and shrugged.
Meanwhile, you can buy some weird souvenirs. A corgi with a tiara? Yes! A nodding queen? Yes! The King’s College London shop in Bush House sells its own brand of bears: I thought they looked miserably in need of liberation.
Has anyone seen any other curious curios?
Clare is co-Director of the Centre for Life-Writing Research, and Professor of Eighteenth-century Literature & Culture in the English Department at King’s College London.