Escape to Bicester Village

Mimi ON Aug 16, 2012 AT 2:24 pm

 

Bicester Village

 

We all like a bargain, right? And if you’re a hardened brand junkie then your hunt for a bargain is keener than most. So, with an average of 30% off RRP all year round, a visit to Bicester Village should be on your shopping radar.

We went along and boy, were we impressed. Not only is the village dedicated specifically to the some of the biggest fashion brands but it’s a really easy shopping experience too. Forget the scrum-down that is the usual sale, shopping at Bicester is similar to non-sale times, but without the elbows and with everything discounted. You can make a day of it easily and the quality of the eateries reflects the quality of the stores, with Jamie Oliver, Villandry and Carluccio’s all having restaurants alongside the high-end crepe stalls and sandwich huts.

So who will you find? All your favourites really, from Aubin & Wills and Alexander McQueen to Bally, Fendi and Missoni, some with end of season bargains (even more off the price) and new season collections. It’s particularly good for watches, Tag Heuer were nearly all half price and have a wide selection. Vivienne Westwood was popular for both accessories and outfits, and Ted Baker had a wide range of both men’s and women’s fashion plus their ubiquitous glossy bags that have become a bit of a signature for them.

Talking of accessories, Kath Kidson has a large shop, perfect for presents, as does The White Company. You can feast your eyes on the bags at Coach and even Clarke’s has a store with bargains to be had. So there really is something for everyone and for pretty much every budget.

The high-street designer is also represented with All Saints’, Church’s shoes, Emma Bridgewater interiors, Ugg Australia, Follie Folli, Links of London, French Connection.. well there are over 150 brands in all, so it will take a day for a thorough explore – let alone some serious shopping.

Getting to Bicester Village is easy too. Alongside the motorway links past Oxford and the ample (and free parking) there is a regular connection that takes around 60mins from both London and Birmingham.

Due to recent upgrades to the lines, journey time from London Marylebone to Bicester North can be as little as 42 minutes.

There are regular services – up to four an hour – from London Marylebone to Bicester North station and up to two an hour from Birmingham Moor Street. On arrival at Bicester North station the Bicester Village Shuttle Bus will whisk you straight to your favourite boutiques. Ask for Bicester Village when purchasing your Chiltern Railways train ticket and this will include the bus journey. Call +44 (0) 08456 005 165 or visit Chiltern Railways to purchase your through ticket to Bicester Village.

 

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