Shopping in England
Cobbled streets lined with pretty boutiques, multi-floor centres and designer department stores: England’s shopping is diverse and plentiful. Pick up unique purchases in Brighton, Norwich and Leeds, go antiques hunting in the Cotswolds and get lost in one of Westfield’s giant malls.
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Westfield shopping centres
From designer boutiques to department stores, Westfield London shopping centre in White City/Shepherds Bush is the ultimate one-stop shopping destination. The only inner city retail complex in England to rival its magnitude is sister centre Westfield Stratford City, which opened in 2011. Overlooking the Olympic Park, this new East London shopping hub also houses the UK’s largest casino
Clarks Village, Somerset
Sizeable discounts wait at this pleasant open-air outlet complex. Shops include Denby Pottery, sailing and yachting clothing specialists Henri Lloyd and tea connoisseurs Whittard of Chelsea. While parents take their time browsing clothing and homeware, King Arthur’s Castle play area entertains children with swings, turrets and dragon slides.
Metrocentre, Gateshead nr. Newcastle
This extensive shopping and entertainment complex sits three miles south of the far-northern city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Alongside its 330-strong mix of shops and department stores find an Odeon cinema, bowling lanes and even a dodgem track.
Designer shopping in Manchester
Cultural hub Manchester may be renowned for its musical heritage and famous football teams, but it is also one of the UK’s major shopping destinations. In the centre find department stores Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, and designer boutiques on King Street.
Antique shopping in the Cotswolds
The quaint villages and ancient towns of the Cotswolds are a treasure trove for antiques lovers. Particularly rewarding destinations for antiques include the charming market towns of Tetbury and Stow-on-the-Wold. Tetbury is renowned for turning up wonderful 17th, 18th and 19th century furniture, while Stow-on-the-Wold specialises in valuable pieces.
Harrods is the gold stamp of luxury shopping in England. This towering palatial emporium at the heart of affluent London borough Knightsbridge provides floor upon floor of high-end indulgence. Peruse the world’s most prized names in designer clothing, handbags, fragrance and jewellery, and delve into the illustrious Food Hall for a true gourmand’s delight.
Brighton’s lively Lanes wind from the station to the sea and offer truly eclectic shopping. Head to bohemian North Laine for vegetarian shoes, retro fashion, independent record stores and fresh organic produce. In the South Lanes find a twinkling jewellery quarter and delectable patisseries. Rest tired feet at a pavement-side café and enjoy some colourful people watching.
Victoria Quarter, Leeds
Opulent offerings from Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood are housed in the ornate Victoria Quarter in Leeds. The impressively restored 19th-century buildings are detailed with marble, mosaics and wrought iron.
The Shambles, York
Step back in time amid the timber beams and well-trodden cobbles of this impeccably preserved ancient street in the centre of York. The Shambles is lined with authentic 14th- and 15th-century architecture, which today houses small shops selling souvenirs, trinkets and local produce. This historic street dates back to the Middle Ages and even received a mention in the Domesday Book.
Pretty lanes and preserved historic facades make many of England’s smaller city centres a fittingly refined setting for boutique shops. Meander through the spa city of Bath for family-run shops selling everything from exquisite jewellery to fine cheese, while nearby Cheltenham’s Bath Road is lined with intriguing finds.
Selfridges at the Bullring
Selfridges’ Birmingham store is statement fashion in itself, revered the world over for its eye-catching design. Inspired by a sequin dress by Franco-Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne, the curving structure is swathed in sapphire-blue and covered in 15,000 aluminium disks.
This luxury emporium of fashion, beauty, fragrance and food is famed for its quality products and eye-catching window displays. At its flagship London store, find a chic international crowd perusing the likes of Burberry, Alexander McQueen and British singer Lily Allen’s label Lucy in Disguise.
Fortnum & Mason
Having made their name supplying luxury picnic hampers to Victorian high society, Fortnum & Mason’s multi-floor department store today spans clothing accessories, toys, beauty products and homeware.
Stock up on the British brands bearing the royal seal of approval. Documenting the best in British, the Royal Purveyors is the voice of authority on noteworthy British products. Acclaimed names include luxury fashion house Burberry, upmarket suit specialist Austin Reed and acclaimed London perfume house Penhaligon’s.
Vintage shopping in Norwich
he intriguing alleyways and pretty shop fronts of the Norwich Lanes are a haven for colourful vintage clothing and accessories. Amid these medieval streets find stylish boutiques proffering a wide and eclectic range of vintage pieces.
Bicester Village, Oxfordshire
Well-heeled shoppers hunt for designer bargains in the pretty boutiques filled with high-end brands that line Bicester Village’s pedestrianised walkways. This Oxfordshire shopping destination is one for the label-lover. Find global brands alongside Britain’s biggest names in fashion, such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry Womenswear, Paul Smith and Temperley London.
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