Everyone’s favourite thing to do is splurge and indulge on the things that make us happy. New Air Max’s, Fendi Heels, or even a freakin’ Primark haul. All things shiny and new bring a smile on our faces, but half of the joy of going shopping lies within the location too- what’s shopping without a pretty shopping centre? Luckily, there’s amazing malls all over the UK for you to shop till you drop! Read on to find out our top 6 Shopping Centres in the UK.
The UK’s largest and most popular shopping centre rightfully makes its way to the top place in this article. This mall is so darn popular, you may as well count it amongst London’s landmarks- with around 100,000 customers daily, this mall makes millions every single day.
With 5 floors, over 300 shops an area that stretches to the equivalent of 30 football pitches, Westfield London is a mecca for all shopaholics of all kinds. No matter what your taste or price range, you’ll be sure to find something that suits you here.
For those feeling boujee you’ll be spoilt for choice with fashion powerhouses like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Burberry & Jimmy Choo. There’s not only luxury clothing but opulent jewelry brands Swarovski, Tiffany & Co and Breitling.
If that’s a little out of your price range there’s still a wide array of choice with the likes of Zara, Cos and John Lewis & Partners for homeware, kitchenware, tons of both male and female fashion concessions and travel necessities. If you’re traveling soon, why not check out our list of the best backpacks for cabin.
With an entire floor containing over 80 different food and drink options there’s no reason to let hunger get in the way of your shopping blitz.
For those on the move, there’s all the usual fast food suspects but it also sports healthy super chains Itsu and Leon.
Let’s face it, after a few hours of walking around, there’s nothing better than a proper sit down meal, and you’ll be spoilt for choice here. There’s mid-range chains with predictably delicious offerings like Wagamama, Byron and Franco Manca as well as some independent restaurants.
If it’s just a little pick me up you’re after, there’s Black Sheep Coffee, Starbucks, Boost Juice Bar and even Taiwanese bubble tea legends T4. If you’re feeling a little indulgent, you can top it all off with a sweet treat from the likes of Pinkberry, Snog or Ladurée.
Your day doesn’t have to finish just because you’ve finished shopping, there’s all sorts to keep you going at this behemoth shopping centre.
Whether you’re with friends or the family, a trip to All-Star Lanes is always a good idea. With relaxed bowling during the day and disco, light up bowling with a fully stocked bar in the evening, there’s a vibe for everybody.
If you’ve brought the children, there’s Kidzania, almost an entire city all my itself, with over 60 different activities to choose from inside, this will keep them entertained for hours.
There’s a huge multiplex Vue Cinema showing all the latest releases from morning until night, be sure to check the listings before you go.
INTU Trafford, Manchester
With over 10% of the UK’s population living within 45 minutes drive of, and receiving over 35 millions visitors each year, the INTU Trafford Centre is the go to shopping heaven for many of those living in the northern reaches of the country. Its beautiful rococo/late baroque architectural style makes this shopping centre unique, why not go take a look for yourself!
Spread over 3 floors there’s loads to see and do here. There’s British stalwarts of style Marks & Spencer for all your everyday items, from clothes to homeware as well as a large (and delicious) food hall. There’s one of the largest John Lewis & Partners in the north of England plus a very smart Debenhams.
If you’re searching for something a bit more special then there’s Selfridges with loads of high end fashion as well as lots of beauty and make up products, you can even get yourself a cheeky mani-pedi here!
For fashion forward individuals there’s All Saints, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss and even Abercrombie & Fitch. If you’re looking for something to freshen up your home there’s The White Company, Zara and the ubiquitous Primark.
Containing the biggest food court in Europe (yes, Europe!) and stylized as a inside of a steam ship to reflect Manchester’s Maritime past, The Orient is an architectural delight in and of itself and has all the food you’ve been dreaming of and more.
There are family favorites Pizza Express, Nando’s & Bill’s alongside some new arrivals on the scene like Tampopo and East Street.
The INTU Trafford centre is home to some unique entertainment options. There’s the usual multiplex cinema offering, here there is Odeon showing all the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
Unlike most shopping centre’s, there’s a Sea Life Centre located on the first floor. Educational and fascinating for the whole family; why not take a little time out from shopping to marvel at some of nature’s aquatic wonders.
There’s also a Legoland Discovery Centre where you can let your imagination run wild. For bigger kids and adults alike there is Belong, a gaming console heaven with over 50 consoles and 20 PC’s to take a pick from and play all the latest releases.
The Bullring, Birmingham
The Bullring is one of the most visited places by tourists to sunny (or not) Birmingham and who can blame them, with over 200 shops and wide array of food and entertainment options there are fewer better ways to spend a few hours if you’re in the area.
There are tons of fashion choices at The Bulling, from classics such as The Gap, Forever 21 and TK Maxx to high end designers such as Ted Baker or Ben Sherman, you’re sure to find something to freshen your look. There are even plenty of contemporary southern Asian outlets like Agha Noor for a mixture of traditional modern Pakistani and Indian design.
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Birmingham is a wonderfully multicultural place, and this is reflected in the food offerings here. Take your taste buds on holiday to Lebanon at Comptoir Libanais, to Japan at Mount Fuji Tokyo Teriyaki Restaurant or even Vietnam with a big steaming bowl of noodles at Pho.
Shopping is the main attraction here, but they do have events on throughout the year, like the Mojito Beach Bar, open until September 1st
The Meadowhall, Sheffield
Sheffield has seen a bit of a Renaissance in recent years, from one of the most industrious areas of the country to a sleek modern city, The Meadowhall is where the most in the know locals go to get their fashion fix.
With a huge student population there are plenty of shops for young adults to get their latest threads, Hollister, Office and G-Star Raw all offer student discounts even on their latest styles.
For something a bit more sophisticated, there’s Lacoste, Warehouse and Diesel. Not to mention the large department stores Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.
Feeling peckish after the first round of shopping? Grab a snack from Subway, Krispy Kreme or Bar Burrito. If that’s not enough to fill you up, you could always head to Carluccio’s for some inspired Italian cuisine.
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With 11 screens to choose from, Vue provide the entertainment here, there’s a great mix of blockbusters and family friendly fare here, be sure to check what’s on before you go.
Liverpool One, Liverpool
As the home of the Beatles and one of the most successful football teams of all time Liverpool is a lively place, and the Liverpool One centre reflects that in it’s eclectic offering.
From high end to high street, there’s something for you here no matter what your vibe. & Other Stories provide some sleek and minimal Scandinavian inspiration for both fashion and homeware while Cos and Karen Millen will keep you on trend no matter what the season.
For the kids there’s The Entertainer, The Disney Store, Build a Bear Workshop and a big Lego store.
There’s more to eat up north than just fish and chips (although Cozy Club can provide that) why not try Las Iguanas or Turtle Bay for some spicy New World inspired treats. If that’s a bit too adventurous there’s always Zizzi’s, Brown’s and TGI Friday’s serving classic family favorites.
Liverpool One boats a giant IMAX cinema courtesy of Odeon, if you’ve yet to see a film on one of this tremendous screens, don’t delay, buckle up and sit back for the cinema experience of your life.
For something a little different why not try Junkyard Golf Club, an indoor crazy golf course right in the heart of the shopping centre with a fully stocked bar, the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
All the way up north, not too far from the border with Scotland lies Gateshead’s shopping crown jewel, the INTU Metrocentre. It’s the second largest shopping centre in the UK and one of the biggest in the whole of Europe. Be sure to have some time on your hands because this one is likely to take a whole day to explore.
When it comes to fashion shopping the INTU Metrocentre really does have it all, from Levi’s, Zara, Fatface and Accessorize for everyday essentials, to Lipsy and Quiz for something flashy for a girl’s night out.
There’s the effortlessly cool Apple store for all your electronic needs, or, if you’re not a fan of their design, there’s always Currys PC World for a more functional approach to computing.
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You’re unlikely to go hungry even if you spend the entire day here; grab the best quick bites from the likes of Subway, Starbucks and Mr. Pretzel or take the weight off your feet and enjoy a comforting meal at Wagamama, Five Guys or the new revamped Bella Italia.
Although the much lauded Metroland theme park which made this the only shopping centre in the country with a rollercoaster inside (yes, a full sized rollercoaster!) closed back in 2008, there’s still plenty to keep you entertained.
There’s a multi screen Odeon cinema with the latest releases, kids film’s and even special screenings for those with hearing difficulties. On top of this there is Clip & Climb for adventurous children and Namco Fun Scape which contains and American style pool hall, ten pin bowling, arcade game and Europe’s fastest dodgems.