If you have decided to visit the UK and shop around during the holidays, you will be absolutely delighted with the many options you find. The UK and particularly London is a great place to shop and you can even strike some great deals and bargains in the Christmas season.
Just ensure you book your accommodation well in advance, or you could be in the awkward position of not finding suitable accommodation upon your arrival in the city. Remember London is a favourite holiday destination for tourists from all over the world and you would not want to be stuck without a decent place to stay during your trip. Just ensure you choose a centrally located hotel like the Grand Royale London Hotel, which offers you easy access to all the shopping areas around London. The hotels near Queensway Station are also popular with tourists as they offer some great seasonal discounts and deals in the festive season.
An added advantage of staying at any of the hotels near Queensway Station is that you are well connected to the city and its numerous shopping areas. Once you have settled into your hotel and are ready to shop there are quite a few places that you might want to try like:
Oxford Street, London
Probably, the most famous shopping area in the UK it has millionsof shoppers coming here annually. The area is well known for Christmas shopping and with over 300 shops spread over 2 miles to choose from,you will never be short of options. It looks absolutely stunning in the festive season with magnificent light displays and decorations that make it appear like a place straight out of a fairy tale. You will find the best brands and flagship stores with every conceivable brand being represented here. A few of the many famous names in the area are Debenhams, John Lewis,Selfridges to name just a few. It is one of London’s top tourist attractions besides being out of the most popular shopping destinations.
Spitalfields Market, London
At the opposite end of the spectrum that is for budget shopping,Spitalfields Market is a great alternative. It makes for a good break from all that high end shopping and the good thing is that you can find some really cool stuff here as well. The stalls and shops offer an eclectic range which some of which you will not find in all those swanky shopping outlets. You will find a wide variety of goods with many being original in design and the place is definitely worth a visit. Whether you fancy buying a trendy leather satchel, vintage jewelry or some retro costume you will be pleasantly surprised at the many options available here.
Brighton & Hove
Moving out of London, a good place to shop is Brighton & Hove which is a small city in its own right. It has a diverse range of shops which include boutiques, antiques, jewelry and original art to name just a few. If you want to shop at the more up market and trendy shops you will need to visit Brighton’s North Laines. You will find an assortment of goods within the half a square mile of streets which range from 50s and 60s kitsch, lifestyle products or even reproduction furniture. It is well known for its numerous vegetarian and health food outlets where you could have a nutritious meal. You will also get some great bargains on designer wearat the Brighton Marina and the upscale stores which are located at Churchill Square.
For those who enjoy shopping experience on a large scale,Newcastle is just the place to visit. It is well known for its enormous Metrocentrewhich is renowned as being out of the largest shopping centres in Europe. In fact visitors to Newcastle specifically travel to the place to shop at this massive shopping centre. You will find a fair bit of original designs along with the usual high street favourites. To step off the beaten track you could try out the many independent shops and also visit the popular art and craft market that is held on each Sunday at Armstrong Bridge in Jesmond.
If you are on the lookout for the classic English Christmas shopping experience,then the place to shop at without a doubt is Bath. It will bowl you over with its authentic Georgian streets, ancient Roman baths and impressive abbey.Besides being a great place to visit, it is also a terrific place to shop at something which many people are not aware of. You will find all the well known designer stores and brand outlets here along with a diverse range of independent outlets and shops along with trendy boutiques. During Christmasit is well known for its annual Christmas Market and this year is held from 27th November to 14th December.
This is England’s official second city and definitely is a great place to shop. Getting around the city is relatively easier then the capital and you will find most shopping outlets located in New Street and the redeveloped Bull Ring. The locals or Brummiesas they are commonly referred to, have a thing for designer labels but equally enjoy finding the best bargains. Besides all the designer labels and major high street shops that includethe House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols,another good place to shop at is its jewelry quarter where you could get a wide variety of options to choose from.