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Best Cities For Shopping In The UK



After stores all over the nation have been closed for what seems like an eternity due to the restrictions of the pandemic, many shopaholics were forced to resort to online shopping.

Although online shopping has become widely popular in recent years, people still want the experience of in-store shopping. According to Google, nearly 80% of shoppers will go in person to a store when they have an item they want to purchase immediately. Emotion plays an important role in shopping behaviour and there is a human side of in-store shopping that customers enjoy simply don’t experience during online shopping.

Thankfully, that’s all changed as retailers are finally able to open their doors once more – hurrah!

Got a special occasion coming up that only the finest shopping malls can cater for? Say no more, we’re here to uncover the top shopping cities across the UK.


From high-end to high street, when it comes to shopping, the Big Smoke never disappoints. Whether you’re looking for luxury flagships on Bond Street, or hidden vintage thrift stores in the Shoreditch, there is quite literally something for everyone in this vibrant city. Need to take cover from the typical British weather? Just head to one of two of London’s huge Westfield shopping malls, where you can do hours of indoor shopping. But if London isn’t your local shopping spot, then don’t think you have to miss out on these glorious shopping opportunities! Why not make a weekend of it and book a train to London for a weekend filled with fine dining, award-winning cocktail bars and as many amazing shops to keep you busy for hours?


If you’re planning a trip up North (or you’re lucky enough to live there already) you’ll struggle to find anywhere better than Manchester for shopping. From high-street delights on Market Street, including one of the biggest Zara stores outside of London, to luxury designers in Harvey Nichols on Cathedral Street, you’ll have everything you’ll need to find the perfect outfit for your next occasion in this city. But that’s not all that the North’s shopping capital has to offer. It is also home to The Trafford Centre, the third largest shopping mall in the UK, featuring a Selfridges amongst countless other shopping favourites. It’s also worth noting that 2 of only 4 Selfridges stores within the UK, reside in Manchester.


If you’ve never been, prepare to be wowed by the famous Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. Not only is this building a captivating piece of architecture, but it is also filled fill hundreds of the best shops around. From high-street to luxury and everything in between, you are most certainly spoilt for choice here! It’s easy to make a day of it at the Bullring, with its fantastic array of restaurants and bars providing you with the perfect refreshment stop to fuel further shopping. A notably wonderful destination to visit in December, why not tie in your Christmas shopping with a trip to Birmingham’s famous Frankfurt Christmas Market?

I'm Nikos Alepidis, blogger at motivirus. I'm passioned for all things related to motivation & personal development. My goal is to help and inspire people to become better.

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