Late Summer Presents Prime Time for Shopping in Britain

Published August 15th, 2010 - 09:46 GMT

Late summer sees shopping in Britain reach its height, with final reductions being made in the annual summer sales at the same time as the Autumn/Winter collections take to the racks in the country’s major cities and towns.

Discounts of up to 50 percent mean visitors from the Middle East can enjoy luxury summer bargains, while picking up pieces from next season’s ranges for a margin of the price back home due to the ongoing strength of Gulf currencies against the pound.

“There has never been a better time for Middle East visitors to enjoy the fantastic shopping that is on offer across Britain. The summer sales are coming to an end, which is when all the biggest reductions are made, while a weaker pound means regional visitors can enjoy even greater savings on the hottest new goods around,” said Carol Maddison, UAE Manager, VisitBritain.

London and its famous stores, such as Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty’s and Selfridges have long been favourites with international visitors, who return time and again to shop for their favourite brands or pick-up on-off collections in the stores lining Piccadilly, Soho, Regent Street, Oxford Road, Bond Street and exclusive districts of Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Kensington.

However, Middle East visitors are now discovering that other British cities offer the same luxury retail experience. In Scotland, Edinburgh’s Princes Street – home to Jenners the oldest department store in the world – and the Style Mile in nearby Glasgow are both proving popular with regional travellers due to the wide range of new designer brands and traditional Scottish goods, such as tartan, which are sold from stores housed in magnificent old buildings.   

Chester, in the North of England, offers another historic shopping experience with the city’s main retail area set in two tiers of black and white timber-fronted buildings known as the ‘Rows’, which have been renovated from original 14th century buildings. The shops and boutiques contained in the galleries sell a range of fashionable designer goods plus exclusive art and antiques.

Just 30 minutes drive or train ride from Chester is Manchester, the self-styled home of urban chic and effortless cool, which offers shoppers an array of ultra modern and vintage clothing stores, such as Affleck’s Palace, Retro Rehab and Pop Boutique, as well as more well known high street stores.

For a more eclectic shopping experience, a trip to Brighton on the South East Coast of England is a must. Head to the ‘Lanes’, a maze of twisting alleyways, for quirky fashion and jewellery designs, one-off gifts and to sample the local produce on offer at a multitude of quaint cafes and restaurants that line the cobbled seaside streets.     

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