Stop between shops itinerary

The UK is packed with shopping destinations and the hardest part is choosing where to go. You’ll need a shopping itinerary. From high end hubs on Regent Street, London to the best known high street hot spots including Buchanan Street, Glasgow – you can shop ’til your heart’s content. There’s so much more to shopping breaks than just… well, the shops. We’ve pulled together some ways to make the most of your time on the high street with these popular stops between shops.

Stay the night

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If you’re in the city for shopping, you’ll want to stay over. It’s the best way to make sure you’re not running for the train, and you’ll have more time to catch up with friends. See the sights, and do something you’ve not done before. Start the morning with a trip to the V&A fashion museum in London. If you’re staying at Apex Waterloo Place in Edinburgh take a walk up Calton Hill where you’ll get stunning views of the city.

Morning coffee

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Kick off your shopping itinerary with the obligatory morning coffee – essential for your feet. We love to get up early and pack in as many shops as we can in the morning. You’ll need a stop and it helps if you know where’s best . We love Cairngorm Coffee in Edinburgh, The Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, Fernandez & Wells in London and Avery & Co in Dundee. If you can’t find any of those look out for independent coffee shops as they’re more likely to offer alternative tastes, specialist coffees and homemade treats.

Lunch stops

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Plan ahead, you’ll want to know where you’re stopping to save the time walking around looking for a place with your bags. There are more restaurants and cafes than you’ll ever need around the big shopping streets. Head for Royal Exchange Square or Buchanan Street in Glasgow or George Street in Edinburgh. If you’re in London, take any street off Oxford Street or Regent Street. In Dundee you don’t need to stray far from the Overgate to find plenty of places to stop.

Cocktail catch-ups

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And relax… a shopping break isn’t complete without some post-shopping cocktails. Toast to your bargains or have a long overdue catch up with friends. Mayfair London is full of exclusive bars and impressive mixologists – The Chiltern Firehouse is the place to be seen right now. Glasgow is fast becoming known for quirky cocktail bars and award-winning potions. Edinburgh is full of classic cocktail haunts such as Harvey Nichols or The Dome. You’ll deserve it after a long day at the shops.