Top shopping hotspots in the UK

Glasgow

  1. Glasgow’s renaissance from gritty industrial city to stylish cultural metropolis has propelled it to be one of the best shopping destinations in the UK, featuring flagship stores from all the major brands, designers, and quirky independent retailers.

At the beating heart of it all is the Style Mile Glasgow. This square mile is retail nirvana with THREE shopping centres – Buchanan Galleries, St Enoch Centre, and Princes Square – with the bustling Buchanan, Argyle and Sauchiehall Streets linking them all together.

  1. Outside of the city centre, the West End is home to hidden cobbled lanes lined with independent and vintage shops. DeCourcy’s Arcade and Ruthven Lane Mews are a bargain hunter’s delight.

London

  1. Oxford Street in the heart of London started life as the main Roman road leading west out of the capital.

Little did Caesar know that the 1.5 mile long thoroughfare would later swap legions of soldiers for legions of shoppers. As the main retail area in London, it’s home to just about every high street name you can think of – more than 300 to be exact.

  1. Harrods – no shopping trip to the big smoke would be complete without a trip to its most famous department store.
  1. A visit to London’s Camden Market is a must. It’s home to a collection of over 1,000 places to eat, drink, shop and even dance. The market was founded in 1974 with just 16 traders selling antiques, jewellery and arts and crafts – as polar opposite to high-street consumerism as you can get.

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Edinburgh

  1. With the stunning Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop, shopping in Edinburgh means you can combine sightseeing with a stroll along the high street.

Home to all of the big brands including Debenhams, Apple, Zara, Primark, M&S and the iconic Jenners, Princes Street is the main thoroughfare.

  1. Edinburgh is also home to luxury store Harvey Nichols and its stunning fourth floor restaurant and bar. The nearby exclusive shopping precinct in Multrees Walk is also where you’ll find high fashion brands such as Boss, Burberry and Louis Vuitton.

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Bath

  1. The Romans knew how to do style and sophistication. And modern day Bath is no exception.

Another location with a host of historic sites sitting alongside modern outlets. Cobbled streets, hidden lanes and beautiful architecture make shopping in Bath a fantastically immersive experience.

A good first port of call is the city’s SouthGate area, which features all the high street brands alongside Georgian buildings and modern wide open spaces.

It is also just a 10 minute walk to the artisan quarter in the nearby London Road area and Walcot Village.

  1. Bath held the UK’s first ever farmers’ market in 1997 and it is still going strong. Bath Farmers’ Market prides itself as being the first in the UK to sell a wide range of produce. Every Saturday at the city’s Green Park from 9am to 1.30pm visitors can pick up fantastic seasonal produce.

Dundee

  1. As the UK’s first city of design, Dundonians know a thing or two about style.

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 every high street brand as well as several places to eat and drink.

If you’re thinking of indulging in a major shopping spree in any of these bustling cities, you won’t have to venture far for accommodation. We have 10 Apex Hotels across all five, close to all the must-visit shopping meccas. So you won’t have far to go to stash your purchases and rest your feet – and your credit card – after a long day of retail therapy.

You can even enjoy 10% off shopping breaks (more to spend at the shops) and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco at the bar during your stay – perfect for a post-purchase debrief.