A taste of London abroad

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From fish and chips to high heels and tweed caps, who said you can’t enjoy London, even thousands of miles away?

If you’re recently back from London and are already feeling nostalgic, let us put your mind at ease – at least until your next trip. Here is ShufiLondon’s selection of the city’s most prominent exports of taste and fashion – all of which can be found in the Middle East.

1. Harvey Nichols

With stores in Dubai, Riyadh and Kuwait, the luxury Knightsbridge department store promises an exclusive destination for high fashion and top brands. With the latest trends in clothes for women, men, and children, a vibrant makeup and perfume salon and a gourmet food section, Harvey Nichols has something from London for everyone. Even those who are solely after a viewing of the elaborate seasonal window displays.

2. Marks & Spencer

The UK’s favourite has found a strong footing in the GCC, Jordan, and Egypt. Thanks to a wide selection of relatively affordable products, M&S has become a household name in the region. Its expansion into food products has been steady in the past few months, with ready made meals ranging from fish and chips to salmon macaroni bake providing easy dinner options and a taste of the UK.

3. Zuma

The Japanese-fusion sanctuary in London had established a devout following since it opened its doors in the Dubai International Financial Center. Famous dishes include miso marinated black cod and roasted lobster with shiso ponzu butter.

4. Grosvenor House

While the weather may not be the same, you are guaranteed a little of London’s attitude in this hotel in Dubai Marina. The only Grosvenor House outside London has a number of popular restaurants and night venues – though different to those in Park Lane.

5. GBK

The burger joint that started in Battersea, London by three kiwi guys has found its way to the ever-changing burger scene in Dubai. With branches across in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Jeddah, GBK provides an English alternative to the established American counterparts.

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