As you would expect, a few of us here at Office HQ are serious shopping addicts. While this isn’t always good news for our bank balances, it does mean we can point you in the direction of the best places to splash your cash.
Here’s our guide to the best shopping cities in the UK. Just make sure you book your trips for near pay day!
Best for independents: Bristol
If you crave something a bit different, Bristol is the shopping destination for you. The city’s streets are packed with independent stores and boutiques selling everything from clothes to records and books.
Our top picks include the simply named ‘Shop’ which sells everything from second-hand vinyl and homeware to furniture and fashion. Also visit the family-run Bamonte clothing, whose owners travel to the likes of Paris and Milan to source their latest pieces. The chances of you bumping into someone in the same outfit as you if you shop here? Pretty low.
Best for high-end shops: Leeds
Harvey Nichols chose Leeds as the location for its first store outside of London for a reason. This city boasts dozens of high-end shops brimming with designer labels. For the best high-end attire head to the stunning Victoria Quarter – a truly luxurious shopping arcade.
With All Saints, The Kooples and Vivienne Westwood all sitting under one roof, it’s definitely somewhere to visit if you are looking to blow the budget.
Best shopping centre: Birmingham Bullring
Some people prefer the Trafford Centre while others swear by Meadowhall, but for us there’s only one place to head if you want to find all your favourites under one roof – the Bullring in Birmingham. Not only does it have pretty much every high street and department store you can think of, it has super-sized versions, which are almost certain to have that dress you’ve been lusting after online.
Our favourite shop (except our own of course!) has to be Selfridges. Four floors of clothes, shoes, handbags, cosmetics and of course the legendary Food Hall.
Best all rounder: London
We couldn’t have a best shopping cities list without featuring our beloved capital. Whether you want quirky boutiques, high street favourites or giant shopping centres, London can cater to your every retail whim.
Whether you want to join the crowds on Oxford Street, window shop in Mayfair, escape the rain at Westfield or hit the independents in Shoreditch, there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes.
For something a bit different, Shoreditch is home to the world’s first pop-up mall, Boxpark, while there are bargains to be had in upmarket Notting Hill if you pop by Portobello Market.
Now, where’s our credit card!