The best places to go Christmas selling in a UK

December 8, 2017 - garden totes

Oxford Street in a run-up to Christmas is a horrible prospect. Yet, each year, many of us somehow find ourselves there on 23 December, battling by a unhappy, tired hoards, desperately attempting to buy adequate toot to safeguard we never have to buy anything again. 

But it doesn’t have to be like this – there is another way. Here are some of a best places in a UK for Christmas shopping, to spin a knowledge from calamity to good day out.

Bicester Village, Oxfordshire

The UK’s second many renouned traveller captivate (yes, really) creates for an upmarket Christmas offered experience. Oxfordshire’s Bicester Village ( is radically an outside high-end opening mall – brands such as Prada, Gucci, Armani and Versace shove for position on a Village’s pedestrianised street, all hawking large discounts to negate a eye-watering strange cost tags. But for those with a some-more medium bill there are some-more pocket-friendly brands to be found; Superdry, Clark’s, The White Company, Fossil and a Cosmetics Company Store are all accessible for peculiarity presents that won’t mangle a bank.


The Village has combined 30 new shops to a existent operation of 130 boutiques in time for Christmas this year, including a pop-up British Collective. This boutique showcasing some-more than 30 brands was designed by British interior engineer and illustrator Luke Edward Hall, and facilities UK designers such as Johnstons of Elgin, Trevor Pickett and Czech Speake. 

Staying there

Manor Country House Hotel ( is a 10-minute expostulate away. Rooms are atmospheric with classical country-house taste and there are endless drift to wander around in. Doubles from £140, BB, including afternoon tea and a Bicester Village bonus card.

Chester Rows, Chester

If we like a bit of story with your shopping, check out Chester Rows (, where a new debate for a Christmas duration takes we by a story of a shops you’re in. The 90-minute knowledge takes in a highlights of a Gothic centre, strictly a world’s initial offered arcade, including a stays of pillars that were once partial of a Roman outpost Deva Victrix, now dark underneath Pret a Manger. There’s also a stays of a Roman hypocaust underneath Spudulike, Gothic cellars in Corks Out, and Tudor plasterwork and a ‘priest hole’ in Sofa Warehouse. Tours run at 2pm on 16 and 21 December, vacating from a Town Hall Visitor Centre; £7 per adult. 

Staying there

Oddfellows ( is a quirky boutique hotel charity integument bedrooms in a eaves of a Georgian townhouse environment and stand-alone baths and a “secret” Victorian walled garden. Doubles from £109, BB.

Spitalfields, London 

You don’t have to leave London to have a some-more beguiling offered experience. Spitalfields Markets ( in East London, once a Sunday-only occurrence, is now open each day, with a horde of stalls offered a reduction of a uncanny and a beautiful. Poli Jo ( offers a operation of upscale, quintessentially British board totes while ABookOnOnePage ( creates prints that underline a entirety of a book on a singular sheet. There’s also a operation of shops, including eccentric boutiques and bigger name brands – collect adult some imagination brews during a London Tea Exchange or irritable eye-shadows from Urban Decay.


Staying there

The Culpeper ( is a cold East London pub with 5 industrial-chic rooms on a building above. Doubles from £120, BB. 

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a delight during a gratifying period. Stop in during a outrageous Christmas Market during East Princes St Gardens for gluhwein, cookies and present stalls before evading a crowds for cobbled Victoria Street (, with its colourfully embellished eccentric shops underneath ancestral mill facades. Rumour has it that it supposing a impulse for Diagon Alley, a wizarding offered travel in Harry Potter, and there’s even a Potter-themed shop, Diagon House. Other uncanny and smashing spots include fun emporium Aha Ha Ha, a Old Town Bookshop and Swish, a stylish garments boutique.

Staying there

The Grassmarket Hotel ( on a corner of Victoria Street has jazzy facilities like Sudoku puzzles and a hulk map of Edinburgh on a wall, and aged covers of a Dandy used as wallpaper. Doubles from £80, room only.

Marlborough, Wiltshire

Ranked one of a tip 10 offered centres in a UK in a news this year, Marlborough ( has some-more than 200 shops, with quality eccentric shops among a code names – jewellers, garments shops, gentlemen’s outfitters and bookshops for starters. All this is set in a quintessentially English marketplace town. For Christmas there’s also a marketplace offered all from candy to wreaths, and a funfair and Santa’s grotto.


Staying there

The Green Dragon ( is a recently refurbished ancestral pub on a High Street. Doubles from £65, BB.

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