Going to the UK! - Advice from visitors and natives requested

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  1. Morse

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    We are headed to the UK on a family vacation in May and I would love some advice on what tobaccos to pick up while I am there and I am also looking for recommendations for good tobacconist - in London in particular, although other potential places on the agenda include Windsor, Oxford, Southampton and Edinburgh.

    I like Condor so that is certainly on my list. I of course like SG but was primarily looking for those things that are simply not available at all in the US - Capstan comes to mind as does Three Nuns. Oh Stonehaven is also on the list, although I understand that it is sold under a different name?

    Oh and I understood that all pipesmoking tourists were given a pound of FVF and a Dunhill on arrival but that might just be a rumor. ;)

    Anyhow thanks in advance - I am really looking forward to the trip and further expanding my TAD list.
     
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  2. Elwin

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    Can't give you any advice, but I wish you the best on your vacation! (You lucky dog!)
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  3. HCraven

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    Sounds like a lot of fun, Morse! No insight here, but I hope you have a great time!
     
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  4. Old Ted

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    Obviously I'm biased, but many of your countrymen as well as visiting London, wisely head further north to places such as Lincoln, York, Chester etc.. If you should happen to take this option - give me a shout before - we may be able to share a beer and a smoke!.
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  5. Ol Brokedik

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    Generous offer, Old Ted.
     
  6. Spam

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    If you're venturing North then Leeds (my old home town!) is a good place to stop. Greens of Leeds is in the centre of town, with a pretty comprehensive stock, and very friendly staff. If you're heading to the West Country (which you should, because of the cider) then Birds of Baldwin Street in Bristol is also good, though the staff can be unfriendly at times.

    Also, keep your eyes out for "Sam Smiths" pubs. They're about the cheapest places to drink, with good quality beer on tap. Particularly useful if you're in Central London, where booze can be extortionately priced.
     
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    Just remember that whatever you pick up, you must declare on a customs form upon your return unless you ship it back to yourself (and even then, you have to fill out a customs form... just not the one on the plane). They aren't trying to keep you from bringing anything back for personal consumption other than "illegal contraband," which includes toby grown/rolled in Cuba...

    As far as blends... enjoy whatever you can while you are there and bring back as much as you like. Even if you don't like something, if it's limited here you may want to bring back a bit so you can trade with someone who likes it but can't get it here in the states. Just a thought...
     
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  8. Piperatthegates

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    I would suggest a visit to Davidoff in St James St while you're in London, there is also a nice little pipe shop in Covent Garden, Segar and Snuff Parlour as well as Smiths in Charing Cross Rd (close to Leicester Sq , Soho, or Trafalger Sq) he generally has a decent enough selection of tobaccos and pipes. I think Dunhill moved last year I'm not sure. Spam's tip about Sam Smiths pubs is a good one, they have a really nice pub right on Trafalger Sq called The Chandos. Condor you will be able to pick up at any supermarket or tobacconists along with St Bruno and maybe Walnut Flake if you're lucky. I hope you have a great time in the U.K. don't forget your umbrella.
     
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  9. TheKiltedOne

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    I'll second Greens of Leeds, I do most of my online ordering from them.
     
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    If you can manage to the west coast of Scotland, T H Dalling in Ayr is the best in Scotland, not just for pipe tobacco but also for Cuban cigars, Muriel knows her stuff.
    PM me if you think you will be in the area.
    Any supermarket or Spar will allow you to buy Condor, St Bruno etc Even Clan *shivers*, etc.
    DON'T wait till you are leaving Britain to buy pipe tobacco duty free. There is none.
    Most dedicated tobacconists will have a great selection of British pipe tobaccos, no need to look for the Dunhill or other places, they over charge.
    Remember. If you buy your tobacco in a shop you have paid tax/duty on it so your allowance may be higher.
     
  11. Old Ted

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    Well that's two that have mentioned Greens of Leeds, and it is a very good tobacconist - but I'm afraid that I must be a little contrary here!. I go to Leeds, to visit the excellent markets and buy a little tobacco almost every week, but do not buy it from Greens as they are a little expensive, compared to ABC Specialist Tobacconists - in the Merrion Center, who also carry the SG range in bulk, and a few others that Greens do not!.

    I did not mention Leeds earlier, as although it is a fine City, with excellent shopping, and several places of interest - it is hardly a tourist attraction in the same league as York or Chester (to name but two) and I certainly would not recomend a stranger to this country to venture into it with a car! - heck!...I leave mine ten miles out of town, and get a bus for my weekly shopping trip!.
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  12. Spam

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    But the Merrion Center Market is down right depressing!
     
  13. Old Ted

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    Yes! -I KNOW, that's why I buy my baccy there, then make a ten minute walk to the other indoor and outdoor markets, that are excellent.......but still would not recomend as a tourist destination of note!:rolleyes:
     
  14. Morse

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    Thanks for all of the advice here folks - I am really looking forward to the trip!
     
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    Good luck, I hope your family and yourself enjoy it. If you make it up Aberdeen way drop me a line if you fancy a smoke or a drink. (two seperate activitys with the smoking laws!)
     
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    I would recommend a trip to JJ Fox in London (www.jjfox.co.uk) for the following reasons:
    - they have some blends of Fox and Robert Lewis that can't be found stateside
    - excellent service and friendly staff (I haven't been there, but one of my lady friends visits the store to pick up some tins for me whenever she's in London, and she absolutely loves the place)
    - the Freddie Fox Museum is there, if you enjoy that sort of thing
    - it's beside Harrod's! so the family has something to do while you're satisfying your PAD and TAD :)
     
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