Pick up a bargain this winter
With winter sales starting earlier each year it's time to start planning your bargain bagging spree. Here are Britain's hottest spots to pick up some cool winter deals from the cities with the biggest sales to the factory outlets with great discounts all year round.
It's no surprise that London is a must-do on any shopping itinerary. And during the sales the biggest names sell the biggest brands at knockdown prices. Harrods holds the Rolls Royce of January Sales with 30-50% off most luxury goods, Liberty is selling its sumptuous fabrics and gorgeous furnishings at 60% off and stylish Selfridges is offering up to 75% off cool clobber and chic fashions. Most of the shops on Oxford Street, including the flagship Top Shop store, will also be holding sales.
The'Knightsbridge of the North' is no slouch when it comes to the sales and discounts aplenty will ring in the New Year. Make the Victoria Quarter your first stop for all things glamorous and designer or hit The Light centre for young fashions and brands like Lacoste, Superdry and Benetton.
Scotland's style capital bulges with high street stores offering big discounts, designer goods in the Merchant City and big malls like Buchanan Galleries selling cut price fashions. Don’t miss Glasgow’s leafy West End with its quirky boutiques and independent shops. And for a real bargain at any time of the year check out the boisterous Barras Market where charismatic stallholders will sell you anything from trainers to flowers and quails eggs to gold plaster cherubs.
Cardiff is a growing destination for bargain-hungry shoppers and with a combination of designer brands, high street names as well as more individual and independent shops, there's something for everyone. The big story of the last few years, though, is the opening of the new St David's shopping centre. Visit Cardiff in January for big discounts in this box-fresh shrine to shopping.
Manchester's mad for shopping and come January, sales signs go up and prices come down. Seek out rare finds at Saturday's Tib Street fashion market, browse vintage boutiques and explore the record shops in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for one-off promos. Hit ultra-chic King Street for exclusive stores like DKNY and Vivienne Westwood.
The Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham has cemented the city's reputation as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. You'll find big discounts in the New Year at high street stores and at the futuristic Selfridges shop. Inspired by a Paco Rabanne sequinned dress, this landmark building, with its flowing lines, is the last word in shopping chic.
Fashionable, funky and loaded with style, Brighton & Hove has everything you could want from a bargain hunting trip. The bustling criss-cross streets of the North Laine make a great hunting ground for unique retro, vintage and kitsch finds. And bargain hunters will love the weekend markets and Brighton Marina for discount shopping at factory outlet stores.
Bicester Village Outlet, Oxfordshire
Bicester Village in Oxfordshire is home to over 120 luxury outlets offering up to 60% off previous seasons' collections from the world's leading fashion and lifestyle brand names including Anya Hindmarch, Cath Kidston, DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg, Matthew Williamson, Max Mara and Smythson and Radley.
Wedgwood Factory Shop, Stoke-on Trent
Stoke-on-Trent is famous as the home of British pottery. Extremely desirable tableware and crystal means high style at unbelievably low prices every time you visit. Add an abundance of great gift ideas at reduced prices, with up to 75% off, and you'll see why discerning shoppers head for the Wedgwood Factory Shop for the ultimate bargain.
Dalton Park, North East England
Dalton Park is the North East's biggest retail outlet centre, just off the A19. There are 60 stores including M&S outlet, Next Clearance, Gap Outlet, adidas, Designer Room, Joseph, Levis, Nike Factory Store, Regatta, Pavers, Tog 24, Mountain Warehouse, Crabtree and Evelyn and homeware makes like Oneida and Sleepmasters, all within 55 acres of parkland. You can buy all the best brands at up to 50% off the high street price.