The UK has a host of beautiful shopping cities, whether it’s luxury high-end goods you’re looking for, high-street fashion retailers, antiques and vintage wear or off-the-beaten-track boutiques, there is plenty that the UK has to offer.
Of course, we have to start with London. The most famous shopping streets are all clumped together in the centre of the city; Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden but there are plenty of enormous shopping centres too, such as Westfield, and department stores, such as Harrods.
Further up north, you can find yourself in York, a picturesque city that dates back thousands of years. The high street itself, Parliament Street, has your typical high-street brands but it’s while walking around The Shambles and the backstreets of the city you can find hidden-away shops selling all sorts of things. Not only is it a great shopping experience but the architecture is gorgeous! Slightly further outside the city, you can find a large Designer Outlet, which sells products from leading global designer brands at discounted rates.
Liverpool is another fantastic city for shopping with numerous vibrant shopping streets as well as shopping centres. The main street, Church Street, displays the windows of your high-street brands but Liverpool ONE, just off Church Street, may be the place to go for your clothing. If you’re looking for something more local, artisan or boutique, try Lark Lane or Bold Street.
Slightly further north, we’re heading to Newcastle, where the Metrocentre is located. This is a huge shopping centre with over 250 stores as well as numerous places to eat and can be ideal for Christmas shopping and browsing. Inside the city, you can head to Eldon Square, where even more high-street shops can be found.
The main shopping area in Manchester is Market Street and Exchange Square, which are closely located to the huge shopping centres, Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre. Department stores as well as local and international brands can be found here. If you’re looking for something more unique and individual, perhaps The Northern Quarter is the place to be, which hosts vintage shops and more handmade items.
Our final shopping hotspot is Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Not only is the architecture beautiful, you also have access to a range of shops. For your traditional high-street brands, head to Princes Street and George Street and for your local boutiques and to get a taste of traditional Scotland, head to Grass Market and The Royal Mile. Similar to York, you can find numerous little alleyways around the Old Town of Edinburgh with unique shops and local souvenirs.