Can anyone recommend an excellent home electronics store with a large selection in London? Also, are there any Sony stores in the London area? Thanks.
There are plenty on Sony stores all round London. What do you plan to buy, I thought most electronic stuff was cheaper in America.
As always there are bargains to be had on Tottenham Court Road, just to the North of the junction with Oxford Street. ASK electronics in particular. You need to barter around there... one of the only places in London where a Middle Eastern business approach prevails, at least to an extent. Never pay full price on that road, get a "best price" and then compare it to other shop owners. You can normally get about 20% off list price. If you can't necessarily get a good discount, they may throw things in to seal the deal, so if you buy a SLR camera you might get a free bag, or an extra battery etc. If you don't ask, you don't get.
In response to Mr_Cellophane,
There are many electronics either sold or made in England that are not available here in the U.S. Sometimes, as with Sony, they'll offer products similar to what we have here, but with different or maybe even better features. There are also quite a few audio components made in the U.K. that get very high ratings in stereo magazines. Not that I'm going to be hauling a bunch of this stuff back with me on the plane or anything. But to bring back a unusual piece would be neat, and make a nice souvenir as well.
"But to bring back a unusual piece would be neat, and make a nice souvenir as well."
This probably doesn't need to be said but I'll say it anyway, just make sure that what ever you take back will work on 110 volts.
... and 60Hz
Most electronics sold in the UK by name brands like Sony will be virtually identical to US models except for model number and country specific features like voltage & Freeview / Freesat. Even then it's not unknown for the electronics to be identical "under the hood" and the only difference being the programming - which on brand names tends to be alterable by a special remote control
The exception is decent Hi-Fi where much of what is avialable in the UK is tailored specifically for the UK market - but as has been pointed out 110V & 240V doesn't go together very well.
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