If there’s one thing we like to do here in the UK, it’s shop – high streets across the country are usually buzzing at the weekends with crowds of happy shoppers out for an afternoon of retail therapy. And in most of the larger cities, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Liverpool, you’ll find a fantastic mix of popular chain stores and exclusive little boutiques selling clothes by local designers.
One of the most popular and busiest shopping streets in the UK is undoubtedly Oxford Street in the heart of the capital. Here you’ll find a branch of practically every popular clothing brand in Europe, along with some of the best department stores in the country. The shops stay open past six o’clock on most evenings to cater for the post-work crowd and the street is dotted with plenty of coffee shops and eateries so you can refuel as your bags get progressively heavier.
Another very popular shopping area in London is Covent Garden. Along with the usual mix of high street stores, you’ll find a wonderful array of boutiques and stalls down by the historic cobbled market itself. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a special gift for someone, and if you need to take a break from shopping you can always while away ten minutes enjoying the acrobatic capers of local street entertainers.
Moving up north, Manchester is another shopper’s paradise. If you’re in search of exclusive designer fashion and feel like treating yourself, then be sure to visit King Street, which is just off Deansgate. If, on the other hand, your budget is a bit more modest then head to Market Street, where you’ll find a range of high street stores along with the Manchester Arndale, one of the biggest indoor shopping complexes in Europe.
Heading further north still to the beautiful city of Edinburgh, your first port of call should be Princes Street. This is a very picturesque walkway with impressive views of Edinburgh castle, which overlooks the Princes Street Gardens. Shopping here offers an excellent mix of famous high street brands and quirky little stores, and the street is also home to one of the oldest department stores in the city.
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