Love designer clothes but hate designer price tags? Then listen up. Outlet shopping isn’t what it used to be. Forget rifling through the rails at TK Maxx and think valet parking, champagne dining and better-than-half-price Jimmy Choos. These are the top outlet stores and factory shops the UK has to offer…
Renowned for offering one of the UK’s most luxurious outlet shopping experiences, as well as one of the most affordable, Oxfordshire’s Bicester Village is home to more than 130 boutique stores boasting discounts of up to 60% on everything from Burberry to Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen to Jimmy Choo. Fancy sampling a day in the life of a Hollywood star? Valet parking and ‘hands free’ shopping are on offer to round off your designer shopping experience.
Located 35 minutes from Manchester and 45 minutes from Liverpool, Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest multi-store outlet, with over 140 stores. Discounts of up to 60% are available on designer brands including Michael Kors, Mulberry and Lulu Guinness along with premium high street favourites such as Coast, Reiss and Karen Millen.
Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Livingston Designer Outlet houses more than 70 stores beneath its cathedral-inspired glass dome roof, ranging from BOSS and Radley to Ted Baker and French Connection.
Savvy Gloucestershire-based shoppers can pick up a piece of Paul Costelloe at up to 70% off whilst snagging a hefty discount on high street favourites including M&S and Next. The outlet is also home to many sports and leisure brands, such as White Stuff.
Based in an old school building nestled in the Somerset countryside, the Mulberry Factory Shop stocks discontinued designs, seconds and one-off factory specials, available at a 30-50% discount.
Bag a 30% discount on premium tailoring, knitwear and macs from the brand that invented the trench coat at Aquascutum’s Hackney outlet store.
Located just a few doors down from Aquascutum’s factory shop on Hackney’s Chatham Place, Burberry’s London outlet store offers discounts of more than 50%.
Fan of the great outdoors? Snap up Barbour’s signature waxed jackets at 30-70% off at the Tyne and Wear-based factory shop.