London has some of the best shopping in the world, but if you’re looking for designer style with a more comfortable price tag here’s our list of the best designer outlets that are worth a visit – some may require a day trip to make the most of the bargains.
London Designer Outlet, Wembley Located next door to Wembley Stadium, London Designer Outlet has over 50 designer and high street brands with up to 70% off the retail prices. There’s something for everyone, even non-shoppers, with 20 restaurants and coffee shops, a 9 screen cinema complex and children’s play area, and parking is free if you spend £30 or more. Nearest train station Wembley Stadium. www.londondesigneroutlet.com
Aquascutum Factory Outlet, Hackney Possibly London’s best designer outlet, the new Aquascutum shop is full of brilliant bargains. Sharp suits, classic raincoats and perfect knits are up to 30% and you’ll alos find a good selection of accessories and golfing gear. The store lay out features the same browsing experience as the main store: orderly displays, lots of sizes, comfortable changing room, but with easier price tags!
7-8 Ram Place, Hackney,London,E9 6LT. Nearest train station Hackney Central. www.acquascutum.com
Burberry Factory Shop, Hackney This warehouse space showcases seconds and excess stock in men and women’s wear at prices reduced by 50%, or more. Look out for Burberry Classic rain coats for around £199. 29-53 Chatham Place, Hackney, London E9 6LP. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green www.burberry.com
Bicester Village, Oxfordshire Just over an hour from London, Bicester Village in the pretty Oxfordshire countryside, is a magnet for shoppers from across the globe. The long list of designer and luxury brands at vastly discounted prices, include DKNY, Dior, Gucci, Vivienne Westwood and many more. The Shopping Experience Package is £99 per adult (children £38) and includes luxury coach travel from London, lunch or dinner, 10% VIP discount card and a £50 Gift card (adults only) – which sounds like a bargain in itself! www.bicestervillage.com
Kilver Court Designer Village, Shepton Mallet A new shopping experience in the heart of Somerset! With over 40 designer labels including Mulberry, Jack Wills, Hawick Cashmere, Orla Kiely and LK Bennet, to name but a few, all with up to 60% off, all year round. It’s also a perfect day out with the chance to enjoy the English countryside. As well as the shopping, restaurants and cafes offer freshly prepared, seasonal dishes and you can take a stroll around the Secret Gardens or explore the plant nursery. Kilver Court is 2 hours from London by car and 30 minutes from Bath, Bristol and Yeovil. The nearest mainline station is Castle Cary which is 10 minutes away. www.kilvercourt.com
Mulberry (at Kilver Court) If you’re looking for a designer handbag at a more affordable price, the Mulberry factory shop is definitely worth a visit. Here they sell a good selection of bags at 30-50% off the retail price and the stock is divided into three sections: discontinued bags, factory specials (one-off styles you’ll only see in the factory shop) and seconds (bags that didn’t quite make the mark). www.mulberry.com
Clarks Village, Somerset This popular Somerset shopping destination is a short drive from the Mulberry factory shop. As well as the eponymous Clarks Shoes factory outlet, there are over 90 other high street and designer brands with discounts of up to 60%. Labels include Loake shoes for men, Adidas trainers, Levi’s, Osprey London, Jaeger and Whistles, as well as discounted homeware brands like Denby, Le Creuset and Wedgwood. www.clarksvillage.co.uk