I'm headed to London for a vacation in coming months. I've read (nearly) all the old threads for places to eat and am looking forward to taking the advice offered. I'm interested, though, in cooking and baking supplies. Are there things worth picking up in London that are hard to find in the States? (I'm not in NY anymore, so can't go to Bridge's.) I would be interested in equipment, molds, and so on, as well as pantry ingredients, like special flours, unusual varieties of dried beans, and so on. My local supermarket is big enough have an international section that stocks malt vinegar, Branston pickle and otherwell-known British items, so I'm hoping to find more obscure items. Are there are British cooks out there who have lived abroad and missed some home-grown specialities of that sort? Also, are there any stores in London that specialize in cookbooks, especially antique or vintage cookbooks?
Thanks for any suggestions.