So you’re in the midst of planning a trip to the UK – you lucky thing! Aside from the must-visit restaurants, buzzing nightlife, and historical sights, hitting the shops is probably high up on your list of priorities, which is exactly why Bicester Village is about to become your favorite new destination.
Set in the beautifully green Oxfordshire county, Bicester Village is a luxury shopping outlet with a difference. Not only does it boast some of the biggest names in fashion – Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta, and Valentino included – but it also offers some of the biggest savings, with some labels spotted at up to 90 percent off. Do we have your attention yet? But it’s not just the shopping that has us hooked. Keep scrolling to discover seven reasons why Bicester Village is at the top of Savoir Flair’s list when it comes to planning a trip to Blighty.
There's luxury to spare.
It’s safe to say that with 160 luxury boutiques, you won’t walk away empty-handed. High fashion and accessory stores include perpetual favorites Prada, Gucci, and Celine, with the recent addition of Victoria Beckham, Agent Provocateur, and Monica Vinader.
There are new openings all the time, and new stock is delivered every single day. There’s something for everyone, so women, men, children, and avid home-shoppers alike are spoilt for choice. Be prepared to leave with whatever was on your shopping list – and then some.
It's also seriously beautiful.
Measuring 1.2 miles in length, the pretty paved street that runs through the heart of Bicester Village is the same length as the world’s hottest shopping streets of Oxford Street and Champs Élysée! And it’s just as beautiful, too.
Offering an open-air shopping experience in a stunning, spacious environment rife with flower walls, hanging lanterns, and seating areas adorned with beautiful blooms, it also deserves a spot in your Instagram feed. Even the welcome lounge – with its sumptuous sofas and iPad stations – feels like the lobby of a luxurious boutique hotel.
You're treated like a VIP.
If you’re heading to Bicester Village, expect to be treated like royalty. Catering to its sophisticated clientele, the newly opened The Apartment (aptly named as you’ll want to move in) is an appointment-only VIP concept that makes the shopping experience truly unique.
Carden Cunietti designed the private space to resemble an English country manor, complete with marble fireplaces, velvet textures, exclusive artwork, and cozy lounge areas. Personal shopping consultations, private changing areas, personalized trunk shows, and a calming ambience to simply rest and refresh after a long day – this is what we call retail therapy.
It's foodie heaven.
And let’s not forget this one: there’s everything you could possibly want when it comes to satisfying a craving. The Farmshop by Soho House offers a cozy, laid-back retreat with a hearty menu of homemade lasagne, baked camembert, and spit-roast chicken. And if that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, the new Café Wolseley definitely will. Dishes here are inspired by the original, iconic setting in London’s Piccadilly – think: eggs Benedict, tarte flambées, and even a traditional British high tea.
For something a little more indulgent, Pierre Marcolini’s new chocolate stand serves up creamy hot chocolate and waffles smothered in chocolate sauce, while Maître Choux merges pastry with art in the form of beautiful eclairs. And that’s barely scratching the surface of Bicester’s culinary spread. A word of advice? Arrive hungry.
And a culture kid's dream.
Pop-up brands and activations are always taking place at the Village, where creativity is celebrated through an ever-evolving program of art, music, and retail theater. The soon-to-open Designer Artists Concept Store will feature limited-edition works by edgy, avant-garde designers from East London.
Meanwhile, Color Walk takes place once a month. This gathering of London’s most creative folk is led by art doyenne Sue Kreitzman and brings their bright and striking designs to the streets of Bicester Village. Thanks to its dynamic schedule and support of both artists and up-and-coming designers, no visit to Bicester is ever the same.
The logistics are a breeze.
For tourists in the capital, getting to Bicester Village is now easier than ever – 46 minutes easier to be exact. A high-speed train has been designed specifically for the shopping destination and departs around the clock from London Marylebone station, which means you no longer have to worry about getting to and from the remote Oxfordshire countryside.
Even better? Bicester Village has it’s very own train station, so you’ll arrive at the doorstep of this shopping haven. There’s also The Shopping Express, a sleek and chic coach service that will pick you up from a number of London’s top hotels and whisk you straight to Bicester.
The extras are extra.
When it comes to service, Bicester Village has left no stone unturned, creating a destination that simultaneously offers amazing savings and luxury hospitality. Valet parking? Check. Hands-free shopping? Check. Luggage drop? Check. You can even book in with a person shopper, opening the door to even more exclusive discounts.
Did we mention you can handle all your tax refunds on-site and exchange your dirhams for pounds? Anything designed to help skip yet another queue at a frenzied airport is a plus for us. With Arabic signage and translation services also available, everything has been considered. Literally.
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