If you are visiting the UK for leisure purposes, to visit family and friends or on holiday you could be eligible to avoid paying VAT on the items you buy. Tax free shopping isn’t available everywhere and popping into a supermarket or small shop is unlikely to see you avoid paying tax, however many of the larger shopping malls and department stores do offer the opportunity to shop tax free.
If your city break has a healthy dose of retail time built in, it’s worth reading up on where you can shop tax free. If you plan to spend a lot or treat yourself to something expensive, tax free is the way to go. Read on to find out where you can shop tax free in London, helping to make your travel money go further. All of these are within easy reach of our Hyde Park Hotels, London so you won’t have too far to carry all those bags!
A lot of the large department stores in London offer tax free shopping, including the popular chains such as House of Fraser and Debenhams. The department stores are great places to shop if you are interested in buying designer brands and high end goods and with everything under one room, it should be easy to find all of the things on your wish list. Guests staying at the Grand Royale London can walk to Oxford Street via Marble Arch.
Regent Street is one of the busiest shopping streets in London and it is where a number of tourists will head to do their shopping when in the city, simply because of the sheer number of shops in the one area. Regent Street boasts a nice mix of high street chains and designer stores, many of which offer tax free shopping to those who are eligible.
Westfield Stratford and Westfield White City
Both of London’s Westfield shopping centres offer tax free shopping to overseas guests. Westfield White City is only a short distance from the Grand Royale London and has a number of popular stores under one roof.
Harvey Nichols is the place to go if you’re in search of boutique womenswear, menswear and accessories. It stocks a range of designers and only offers the very latest fashions. Shoppers can take advantage of tax free shopping here too. Harvey Nichols is located in Knightsbridge, not far from our Hyde Park hotels in London.
Harrods is one of the world’s most famous stores and it isn’t hard to see why. It has over 330 departments and covers an area of around 5 acres. Take a break from enjoying the facilities at the Grand Royale London and experience one of the best places in London to shop for luxury goods.
Though not every visitor to London will be able to take advantage of being able to shop tax free, those that are could save a substantial amount of money. You’re eligible to shop tax free if you have spent less than 365 days in the UK in the last two years and will be leaving the EU for at least 12 months within three months of your spending spree.