Plan your best shopping break ever in seven simple steps

Who doesn’t love a bit of retail therapy? Bagging a great bargain can truly be therapeutic. Whether you’re a seasoned or an occasional shopper, summer is arguably the best time for the ultimate shopping break.

Not only can you enjoy strolling down a high street in the sunshine, but also tie in your break with other activities, such as attending a music or a sporting event.

With so many exciting shopping destinations to be explored, here are our top tips for planning your best ever UK shopping break.

Seven steps to organising the best UK shopping breaks

  • Wear comfortable shoes!
  • Stick to a list
  • Carry water and snacks
  • Stick to a budget
  • Get a good night’s rest and enjoy a good breakfast at your Apex hotel before setting out
  • Keep the receipts
  • Don’t be sold on sale items

Hit the shops at an Apex city


Glasgow is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, featuring flagship stores from all the major brands, designers, and quirky independent retailers.

In the heart of Scotland’s largest city, Apex City of Glasgow is one of the best located hotels in Glasgow City Centre.

It’s just off the city’s Style Mile – a square mile retail nirvana featuring THREE shopping centres and the bustling Buchanan, Argyle and Sauchiehall Streets linking them all together.


The capital is, of course, one of the best shopping cities in the country and we’ve got three four-star hotels in central London.

They’re all within reach of a host of London attractions including Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and of course Oxford Street. The latter thoroughfare is London’s main shopping street and is home to just about every high street name you can think of – ideal for your next UK shopping break.

Offering something for all budgets, a London shopping break can cater a wide range of tastes – from those looking to get their next designer gown for a graduation ball, to fashionistas who love finding a good buy in an independent store.


Edinburgh Castle sits alongside the main shopping district on the city’s Princes Street and few cities can offer such a stunning backdrop to the shopping experience.

Edinburgh is home to all of the big brands including Debenhams, Apple, Zara, Primark, M&S and the iconic Jenners and luxury outlet Harvey Nichols.

This will be a perfect UK shopping break for those looking to combine luxury and cultural experiences.


Looking for something different for your next UK shopping break? Modern day Bath is a stylish and sophisticated alternative to a big city shopping experience.

A host of historic sites, cobbled streets and hidden lanes house high street names and quirky independent retailers.


The city by the River Tay has two main shopping centres – The Wellgate and Overgate with the pedestrianised Murraygate linking the two. All three are packed with high street brands. Relax and unwind after your efforts at the Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa. Dundee truly is an up-and-coming destination among the best shopping cities in the UK.