After more than 20 years, The Present is one of the High Street’s most established shops, although a mere newcomer compared with Victoria Bakery. Attractively located near Hadley Green, The Present stocks a broad range of gifts and household items and is ideal for when you need to pop out for a last minute gift or card. That said, it’s a pleasure to browse here – Louise Franco and owner Louise Rolfe have created a welcoming and stylishly laid out space. There is a lot of stock, so it’s best if you do give yourself time to enjoy the shop, but the staff will be able to point you in the right direction. They play good music too. I was last there on a freezing cold day and it was such a soothing refuge.
They are particularly good for children’s gifts, but most bases are covered and they’ll gift wrap your purchases too.
220–222 High Street, Hadley Green, Barnet EN5 5SZ
020 8441 6400