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Three shots of the metallic exterior of Selfridges Source:© Foxy McSlick, Flickr

Selfridges, Birmingham

Three shots of the metallic exterior of Selfridges

Michael Redfern

If there was an Olympic prize for shopping, there’s no doubt the Brits would win it every time. We take shopping seriously over here, and after years of hard work, we’ve perfected the art of retail therapy with our department stores and shopping centres.

Our department stores are famous all over the world. Take Selfridges , for example. It may be over 100 years old, but with innovative window displays, installations and collaborations with up-and-coming designers, it’s leading the pack and has been named Best Department Store in the World.

We’re also home to Harrods , the luxury department store and London landmark which encompasses seven floors of exquisite collections. Continuing the luxury theme, London is also home to the flagship Harvey Nichols , as well as the historic Liberty , Fortnum & Mason and Fenwick . But if your budget doesn’t allow for luxury, you’re in luck. Nationwide department stores like Debenhams , John Lewis and House of Fraser stock everything from designer diffusion lines and the latest high street trends to homeware and beauty must-haves.

For shopping on a grander scale, look no further than Britain’s plentiful shopping centres. With hundreds of stores under one roof, plus restaurants - and in some cases, cinemas – they are the perfect way to spend the day (and a few pounds). In London, head to Westfield – Europe’s largest urban shopping mall, where you’ll find a mix of designer and high street labels and enough leisure and entertainment to keep you busy all day.

But the amazing shopping opportunities don’t stop in London. In Birmingham, the Bullring is the place to be with 160 stores including its very own Selfridges; Manchester has the Trafford Centre , with over 200 stores, including three department stores; Liverpool One is the heart of Liverpool’s shopping, fashion and leisure scene; Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries offer the best shopping in the city and in Cardiff, you can’t miss St David’s – Wales’ newest, biggest and best fashion destination.