Shop Until You Drop… in Bicester Village. A short guide about visiting and shopping Bicester Village

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England is definitely a surprising country, with amazing places and posh lifestyle. Great fashion designers, artists, and celebrities have made England’s capital a well-known spot for a high-end atmosphere. Bicester Village is an iconic example of luxurious shops, fancy streets, and exquisite dining. Read our guide below to see what Bicester Village has to offer.

 

What and where?

You might wonder what’s with all the fuss about this village. Well, Bicester Village is an outlet shopping center. It is located in Oxfordshire, England, and it was opened in 1995. This place is considered a hotspot of luxury and the ultimate shopping destination, selling mostly luxury goods and designer clothes. At only 20 minutes away from Oxford, you will find this heaven of British and international luxury brands. The shops all have savings of up to 60% all year round! Yes, you heard well! It’s like sale season 24/7!

Tip: take at least one day to shop in Bicester Village so you have enough time to search for the perfect outfits

The shopping paradise

If you’re a cool hunter, always looking for fashionable items, Bicester Village is the place to be. You will find world-class designer boutiques, such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, or Burberry. These are just a few of the long list of brands that have their shops in the village. You’ll enjoy spacious boulevards, attentive services, and friendly, relaxed atmosphere while shopping at your maximum. It’s quite a unique experience and it should be on every shopping lover’s bucket list.

Tip: check the website for the entire list of the brand shops available in the village

 

More good news

Above all, this one-of-a-kind village has much more to offer. Besides all the fancy shops, it offers a great variety of services that will help you enjoy your visit even more. Hands-free shopping is a great service if you want to enjoy your shopping session as much as possible. Choose the items from your favorite boutiques and a boutique assistant will pack them for you while you have a cup of coffee and relax. Instant Tax refund and money change, VIP Lounge, Valet Parking, personal shopper, luggage drop, and frequent flyer rewards are some of the other great services that are at your disposal in the village. The multilingual concierge service will help you find all the information you need. There is also free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking, baby changing facilities, wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. All in all, the Bicester Village has anything you need for a great trip and an amazing experience.

Tip: pick up your VIP invitation from the Concierge Desk to get an extra 10% discount for your shopping

 

How to get there

Getting to the Bicester Village is easier than you might think, and you have lots of options suited for every travel style. If you choose to get there by car, from London, it will take you about 60 minutes to reach your destination. By train, it is also an easy option and you can take direct trains from London, Birmingham, or Oxford. A train journey lasts between 14 and 50 minutes, depending on the location of departure. From Oxford, you can also take the bus. At every half an hour, a bus departs from Magdalen Street to Bicester Village. For a comfortable and in-style trip, you can choose a luxury chauffeur-driven service. For timetables and more information, visit the official website.

Tip: you can also choose to travel by taxi; any taxi company will take trips to Bicester Village

Shop, shop, eat… repeat

After all the shopping you will definitely need to rest your feet and feed your soul. Bicester Village has some gorgeous cafes and restaurants that will make your sooth your soul at the end of the day. From indulgent diners to on the go foodie treats, you will find many options to choose from. If you want to taste the Parisian macarons, Laduree is there for you. Enjoy some great meals with a wide range of options to choose from, including vegan dishes, at one of the restaurants and cafes, such as Café Wolseley, Farmshop Restaurant & Café, or Le Pain Quotidien. There are also pop-ups and kiosks if you need a refuel before another shopping session. Find some mouth-watering ice-cream at Snowflake Luxury Gelato, Stecco Natura or at Oliphant & Pomeroy. Lola’s Bakery, R Chocolate, or Crêperie Angélie will offer you the best sweet treats.

Tip: if you’re in a hurry and don’t have enough time for a meal, take some really delicious on to go treats from Manja Street Food or Simply Noodles

Photo credit: www.farmshopbicester.com

 

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Top 5 Things to do in Camden Market

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The well-known Camden Market can be found, of course, in Camden Town, which has been a residential area since 1791. This neighborhood was formed in the wake of the Grand Union Canal and the improvement of railway transport. Now, this vibrant part of London is full of people who are looking for treasures in Camden’s markets or listening to some live music and enjoying some delicious international cuisine. We made a list for you with the top five things to do in Camden Market.

 

Time for digging!

The first thing to do when you get there is to start exploring the market. Camden Market is famous worldwide for its shops and stalls just waiting to be explored. It is definitely a piece of heaven on Earth for all the market-lovers. You’ll find antique shops with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered by wanderers like you. Be patient and take your time to search through the boxes, explore the rails, or grab a souvenir. There are also lots of shops with ingenious facades with the sole purpose of catching your eye. Enjoy the artistic vibes of the area while strolling down its narrow alleys.

Tip: in Stables Market you can find the life-size memorial bronze statue of Amy Winehouse

For the love of art

This vivid area of Camden Market is full of splashes of art at every corner. From street art to famous galleries its artsy vibe will make your visit an excellent opportunity to learn more about the artistic aspect of this neighborhood. The Proud Gallery, Europe’s most famous privately funded photographic gallery, should be on your list for sure. It is well-known for its photos documenting fashion, pop culture, and music, with a great accent on Rock n Roll. If you want a unique souvenir to remind you of London, buy a print of some legendary icons of music such as Freddie Mercury, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and so on.  You can also find some edgy art exhibitions at The Cob Gallery, a wide range of modern visual arts at the Camden Arts Center, or you can find out more about Jewish life and heritage at the Jewish Museum.

Tip: art is everywhere in Camden Market, not only in the galleries, but on the outside as well; admire the stunning architecture that combines old and new in such a great manner

 

Treat yourself!

Camden Market is not only a paradise for treasure hunters, but it is also a heaven for gourmands. The international cuisine, from all over the world, gives you the opportunity to serve any kind of meal any day. Many eateries and street vendors will spark your appetite. So if you’re a great fan of Italian cuisine, try Trufflesecco, for delicious Indian food Masala Zone is the right place, or Shaka Zulu if you want to try the South African cuisine. If stricken by thirst, you’ll find a pub at every corner to have a sip of something refreshing. The Hawley Arms is the most famous pub in Camden. London celebrities and locals alike have been enjoying their time in this pub for years. Another great spot to take a break is the legendary Dublin Castle on Parkway.

Tip: when you get into one of the pubs ask for local beers from Camden Town brewery to see how Camden tastes like

If music is life, enjoy live music

Camden Town used to be considered the world capital of Rock n Roll. It’s still home to a great deal of London’s music scene. Live music concerts are popular in Camden Market and there are people who get in the area just to enjoy some live acoustics. You’ll find dozens of venues to choose from, places like Koko, the Underworld, and Electric Ballroom are famous for giving the world some of the most famous musicians. So who knows? Maybe you’ll be the first to listen to some of the future world-class artists. For top jazz and blues performances stop by Jazz Café, or Blues Kitchen. Famous people like Dylan Thomas, Walter Sickert, and Amy Winehouse have considered Camden their home.

Tip: if you want to know more about the history of folk music, the Cecil Sharp House is the home of the English folk dance and song

 

What a view!

One of the most beautiful places in London to catch a perfect view over the city is Primrose Hill. Above Regent’s Park, on the hill, you can enjoy your time and relax after all the digging through Camden Market. What better place to catch a British sunset if not from the famous hill of London. Grab a mouth-watering dessert from Camden Market and enjoy it in this quiet place while gazing upon the astounding landscape.

Tip: Primrose Hill is also a great spot for picnics and spending time with the kids and family

What would like to do in Camden Market? Share your thoughts with us and leave your comments below. You can also get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Top shopping places in London

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Top shopping places in London

Whether it is a business trip, a city break or a romantic getaway, shopping is usually a mandatory ‘add-on’ when visiting London.
From luxury designer shops to souvenir stores, London is the ideal place to shop till you drop. Why you ask? All kinds of great shops are on display, global and local, an excellent customer service and the cool British vibe that encourages you to spend more and more… Take an extra luggage with you and visit all the stores from our list of recommendations we spotted in London especially for you:

Oxford Street

The famous Oxford Street is well known as the heart of London shopping or as we would like to say, the heaven of shopping. This is the place where famous designer shops meet with landmark stores and it’s impossible not to find what you want for advantageous discounts.

Margo Tip: Don’t forget your comfy shoes, this street may cause you back pains…It is long but offers all the top brands!

Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

For a fabulous shopping session, you can try London’s trendiest fashion boutiques. Young designers are exposing their unique creations in individual boutiques, but also you can find renowned brands like Barbour and Belstaff.

Knightsbridge

If you’re looking for high-end fashion from famous designers, then this is the place for you. Renowned brands such as Harrods are attracting more and more avid shoppers every year. The ideal location for shopaholics.

Margo Tip: follow the opening of the sales season throughout the year, when you can catch real bargains of top brands!

Marylebone High Street 

An elegant street that hosts plenty of stores such as Cath Kidston and also food specialties. This place has been described as “The Hidden Wonder of the West End” and truly deserves its title.

Westfield London

If you’re more like the mall type, Westfield London is an American style shopping mall that brings together clothing stores, food and, obviously, a giant theatre. There you can find street fashion shops along with luxury brands, making the ideal place to spend time on a rainy day.

Margo Tip: a great option for shopping in London on a rainy and cold day!

Carnaby Street

Step into a vibrant street, the place where fashion and culture were born and to this day, maintain the tradition. Filled with more than 100 brands and 60 elegant restaurants, Carnaby Street is the perfect place to get into the real British shopping spirit and fill your bags with high-end fashionable items.

Savile Row

Get into the old-fashioned style of shopping on Savile Row – the place where you can find stores that can craft you fabulous handmade suits, the well-known British tailoring. Explore the picturesque street and have an amazing shopping experience.

Secret London Shops

For a truly original shopping session dedicated to shopaholics, we handpicked some of the top “underground” locations, hidden from the world’s eyes. Starting with LN-CC fashion outlet factory, you can try the fine-cut clothes from Pistol Panties, enter a cool shop for movie lovers at Umit & Son and chill afterward with a delicious cupcake and an excellent tea at The Tea Room.
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