Many argue that retail therapy is one of the best weapons against winter blues. So, if you are to indulge into some comforting shopping sprees, here are our suggestions of the best places to do so.
Obviously, the capital is one of the hotspots for great shopping but definitely not the only one. Still, if you have decided to head there, you might want to put a limit on your budget, as shops will be coming out of every corner. Oxford Street is definitely a place where you can find almost anything, loads of high street brands plus huge department stores like Selfridges or John Lewis. Covent Garden and Carnaby Street are also great if you’re after something a bit more special and not so easily available. If you’re a fan of markets, don’t miss out Brick Lane, Spitafields or Borough Market.
Known for its impressive heritage and exciting nightlife, Newcastle is also home to the biggest shopping centre in the EU– Metrocentre! With over 340 shops, it will be hard not to find what you’re looking for. Fenwick is another huge department store that is worth a visit if you’re after luxury goods. Its selection of restaurants also makes it the perfect place for a break after an exhausting shopping trip. Cruise is yet another haven of luxurious designer labels but if vintage shopping sounds more like your thing, then head to Attic – amazing collection of clothes and nice music.
Football skills are not the only thing that you can get if you go to Manchester. Head to King Street and Whistles for shops like Vivienne Westwood and Hermes. Manchester also has at least two Flannels, which cater to your designer label needs. If you’re on a budget, Manchester also has plenty of independent shops that are not only cheaper but offer some unique pieces of clothing. Pop Boutique also provides fantastic vintage products at great prices. Not only this but every Saturday, Piccadilly Gardens plays host to the Manchester Vintage Fashion Market.
The largest city in Scotland will surely impress you with great alternative shopping spots. Watermelon, for example, is a good place to start, home to all sorts of vintage items. You can then head to Otago Street to visit Authentics for vintage homeware. Stylish items for the home can also be found in Felix & Oscar. Timorous Beasties is a shop of two home-grown designers filled with powerful prints and clothes that match all kinds of tastes. For even more unique items of clothing, definitely visit Princess Square - it offers shops with hip labels to high-end boutiques.