Don’t leave it too late – Superb shopping locations in the UK

Queues that are out of the door, slim-pickings for presents, clammy conditions and the bitter realisation that Grandma’s Marks and Spencer’s talcum powder set will be half-price in a couple of weeks.

The seasonal last-minute shopping haul is always hellish – so why do we leave it so late and why are some of us repeat offenders?

It’s wrong to assume that everybody hates Christmas shopping and the January sales – some may love the adrenaline rush and the spectacle of town centres around this time of year.

Although this list of shopping venues can’t promise minimal queuing – it can offer you great gifts and guarantee a more pleasant experience than your local high street.

If it’s next week, Christmas Eve or the January sales, these superb shopping locations should be on your agenda – and they’re all accessible by public transport!

Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds:

The grade I listed Corn Exchange in Leeds houses a selection of beautiful independent shops, salons and cafes.

You can marvel at the history, but you’ll stay for the shopping experience.


View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Leeds Corn Exchange (@leedscornex) on

Camden Market, London:

Camden is busy all the time, not just Christmas, but it is the national hub of unique apparel, art and other unusual merchandise. Stay for a drink and a bite in the evening to experience legendary Camden culture.

North Laine, Brighton:

Are antiques or designer boutiques your bag? This shopping spot is essential if you’re stopping by Brighton.

Check out the iconic ‘Kissing Policemen’ by Banksy during your visit.

View this post on Instagram

Our streets look so twinkly by night. ????????

A post shared by North Laine Independents (@northlaineindependents) on

Byres Road, Glasgow:

Do you remember 10p mix-ups? Well Byres Road is just that, a variation of charity shops, vintage shops and independent stores. Make sure you stop by Oran Mor before you leave – this former church is now home to a theatre, bar and a nightclub, so take your pick.

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Live acoustic set in the bar tonight with @declanhegartymusic from 9.30pm #livemusicglasgow #acousticcovers #oranmorglasgow #maybesomearethafranklintoo A post shared by Òran Mór (@oranmorglasgow) on

Bicester Village, Bicester:

This luxurious location is home to over 160 designer boutiques and the best part is it’s an outlet – you’ll still have to save up but at least you’ll save some pennies.

Don’t like designer labels? Go for the experience: Bicester Village is beautiful, especially during the winter.

Before it’s too late and you end up giving everyone selection boxes – book your train tickets to these fabulous locations now.