Summer is well and truly on the horizon, which means out with the winter wardrobe, in with new summer threads. For inspiration on where to spend in style, check out our guide to the top 5 places to shop in the North and Scotland.
A day out shopping is the perfect all-weather activity, offering plenty of indoor options case traditional British summer time comes along. Best of all, take the train and you’ll avoid petrol costs and city centre parking charges.
Shopping in Leeds
Trinity Leeds is a fantastic rainy day choice, with over 130 national and international brands under one roof. There’s a cinema there too, plus lots of places to grab a bite to eat – perfect if you’ve been dragged to the shops for the day!
The city’s newest shopping destination is Victoria Gate, which opened in October 2016. It’s home to an impressive new John Lewis store that is worth a gander for the architecture alone; this seriously stylish building is made from over 1,000 diamond-shaped panels of glass within an intricate steel structure.
Shopping in Manchester
When it comes to shopping in Manchester, the Arndale Centre will never go out of style. It’s the one-stop shop for high street brands, including Topshop, River Island, Next and more recently, House of CB, an up and coming fashion brand that’s favoured by the Kardashians.
Between the Arndale Centre and Manchester Piccadilly Station you’ll find a collection of independent and vintage shops in the Northern Quarter. Oklahoma is a great place to browse quirky gifts and homeware, and if you’re looking for the coolest menswear and street style around, make sure you stop off at Oi Polloi.
Shopping in Liverpool
If it’s beauty buys that you’re after, look no further than the Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols in Liverpool. This is the department store’s first beauty-only spot and where better to open its doors than the land where the eyebrow game is just as strong as the football rivalry?
The Beauty Bazaar offers a huge range of top brand like Chanel, MAC, Tom Ford and Jo Malone, making it one of the best places to shop in Liverpool. If you’d prefer not to be left to your own devices, head straight to the first floor for treatments at the Blink Brow Bar, Beyond Beauty and the Champagne Nail Bar. Cheers to that.
Shopping in Glasgow
Head to Glasgow for a day out shopping and you can be browsing within 5 minutes of getting off the train at Glasgow Central Station. Buchanan Street is completely pedestrianised and home to some of the city’s finest shopping. From sportswear to designer threads and fancy shoes, you’ll find the lot here. And if the weather turns cloudy, retreat to Buchanan Galleries, on the corner of Buchanan and Sauchiehall Street.
Shopping in Newcastle
Newcastle knows a thing or two about retail therapy – the city is home to two of the largest shopping centres in the UK. In the thick of things is intu Eldon Square, which is paradise for department store lovers. Not only does it have a flagship John Lewis store, the original Fenwick department store is close by in the city centre.
A short bus ride out of the city centre will take you to intu Metrocentre, the largest shopping centre in Europe. This is the place for serious shoppers looking for an all-day outing, with plenty of places to eat and drink to help you refuel for round two!
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