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 amongst 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 – we’re talking Christian Dior and Bottega Veneta – but it also offers some of the biggest savings, with some labels seen at up to 60 percent off. Do we have your attention yet? We thought so.
Popular amongst locals and tourists alike, the Village has undergone a makeover for Fall/Winter 2017, meaning the offerings are now bigger, better, and chicer than ever. Savoir Flair had the pleasure of visiting the grand opening first-hand to bring you the six reasons why you must add Bicester Village to your UK bucket list. Keep scrolling to discover what they are.
160 Luxury Brands in One Place
The newly-opened Bicester Village expansion includes 30 new boutiques, bringing the grand total of luxury outlet stores to 160. These include old favorites Gucci, Prada, and Celine, with the addition of Acne, Zadig & Voltaire, and Tory Burch. There’s something for everyone, so women, men, children, and avid home-shoppers are spoilt for choice.
The British Collective
Supporting emerging designers, The British Collective is a one-stop shop for quintessentially British gifts. The space is designed by celebrity interior designer and illustrator Luke Edward Hall, whose vision was to create a destination in which customers can discover new talent whilst shopping for luxury gifts. Expect to see Chinti & Parker sweaters, Lily and Lionel scarves, and Markus Lupfer knitwear.
A Totally VIP Experience
If you’re heading to Bicester, expect to be treated like royalty. Catering to its sophisticated clientele, the newly opened No. 50 is a by-appointment-only concept that makes the shopping experience truly unique. The private space was designed by Carden Cunietti and offers a place for guests to receive private shopping consultations and personalized trunk shows or simply rest and refresh after a long day – now that’s retail therapy.
Best of British Dining
Heard of the iconic Soho House & Co in London? Well there’s a little slice of that at Bicester. The Farmshop restaurant and cafe offers a cozy, laid-back retreat in which to refuel with a hearty menu of fish and chips, baked camembert, and spit-roast chicken. And if that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, the recently opened Secret Garden Café definitely will. Inspired by 1930s children’s book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this eatery takes you time-traveling through both its décor and menu.
Speedy Links to London
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.
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 take care of all your tax refunds on-site – and anything designed to help skip yet another queue at a frenzied airport is a plus for us.