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TOP 5 UK SHOPPING HOTSPOTS

By Various
Friday, April 5, 2019

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Top 5 UK Shopping Hotspots 

5. Corn Exchange, Leeds  


Corn Exchange


Built in 1864, Leeds Corn Exchange is a grand Grade I listed building that’s now home to designer-makers and independent shops. The Great Yorkshire Shop champions the county loud and proud, stocking Yorkshire-made products from an Ee Lass Tha’s Gorgeous cosmetic bag through homewares and stationery to parkin biscuits.  


There’s also handmade silver jewellery, accessories and ceramics at Simcha Gallery while at Nautical & Nice husband and wife sailors Ken and Kirsten have gathered seaside-themed gifts that are often handmade and almost always whimsically delightful. Pick up a flagon of draught beer to take home from the Little Leeds Beerhouse 

  

WHAT TO ARRIVE IN

2017 66 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN 2.0TDI R LINE 4WD 5DR AUTOMATIC 148 BHP

 

Tiguan


4. Northern Quarter, Manchester 


Manchester


The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s coolest shopping district, with its heart in the cafes and boutiques of Oldham Street’s old textile warehouses. Afflecks is something of an institution – four floors stuffed with independent traders hawking everything from hemp products to handmade soaps.   

  

In a former Victorian fish market, Manchester Craft & Design houses the studios of local artists – visit to pick up ceramics, prints and jewellery. Bibliophiles should lose themselves in Paramount Books, where second-hand treasures are stacked from floor to ceiling, and musos will find rare records at the iconic Vinyl Exchange. 

  

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2017 17 MINI COOPER CLUBMAN 1.5 5DR MANUAL 134 BHP

Mini

3. Bicester Village, Oxfordshire 


Bicester


For designer devotees it has to be Bicester. Big discounts on big brands in the pretty Oxfordshire countryside – what’s not to like? 


Go for the classics: a Burberry trench or Barbour jacket, an Anya Hindmarch bag, some Emma Bridgewater pottery. Or play a little less safe with the likes of Christopher Kane, Zadig & Voltaire or Roksanda – some of the recent arrivals at Bicester. All the big hitters – Gucci, Dior, Prada, D&G, McQueen – are here, plus Bonpoint and Jack Wills for the kids and Rapha for the cycle nerd in your life. And there’s a Soho House Farmshop restaurant, so that’s lunch sorted. 


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2017 67 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER VELAR D240R-DYNAMIC 5DR AUTOMATIC 237 BHP

RangeRover

2. Victoria Street and Grassmarket, Edinburgh 


Victoria



In Edinburgh’s Old Town, but away from the bagpipes and tartan overload of the Royal Mile, the area around Victoria Street and Grassmarket has much to offer the curious shopper. Godiva Boutique stocks clothes by local designers and has a carefully curated vintage selection, while Hannah Zakari has a mix of gift-worthy accessories from enamel origami brooches to Alice in Wonderland temporary tattoos.  

  

Calzeat is a family business selling Scottish-woven throws, scarves and blankets, I J Mellis is a curd nerd’s dream of a cheese shop and Fabhatrix is the top spot for a titfer – its hats are made in the milliner’s workshop on site. 

WHAT TO ARRIVE IN

2018 67 BMW X2 XDRIVE20D M SPORT 5DR AUTOMATIC 187 BHP

BMW

1. Marylebone, London 


London


The smart Georgian terraces of Marylebone are the place to seek out many a quality item. The Button Queen has been selling buttons for 60 years, and has vintage examples dating back to the 18th century as well as modern fasteners galore. Find handcrafted bags, shoes and travel accessories at La Portegna and beautifully packaged Sicilian soaps, scents, lotions and candles at Ortigia Sicilia. 


Pick up ethically sourced foodie treats from the likes of Cornish Charcuterie and Workshop Coffee at Sourced Market and visit Alfie’s Antique Market to find 100 dealers selling the best of antiques and vintage from the 20th century. 

 

WHAT TO ARRIVE IN

 

2017 67 MERCEDES BENZ GLC 220D 4MATIC AMG LINE 4DR AUTOMATIC 168 BHP

Merc


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