Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Top Five Places In United Kingdom To Do Your Christmas Shopping

by Becky Padmore

If you are looking for some great places to do your Christmas shopping this festive season, then look no further. Here are five of the best shopping towns and places in United Kingdom to head out to this year.

1.Oxford Street - London's central shopping street is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the world - forty million shoppers making their annual Christmas pilgrimage here can't be wrong. People come for the lights, the two mile stretch of more than three hundred shops and the extended ranges in many of the international flagship stores. Oxford Street can get very crowded at peak times so if you're planning a trip try to get to the shops as soon as they open to avoid the afternoon crush.

2. Edinburgh - A grand and historical city, Edinburgh is popular with tourists as well as shoppers. Shopping here is world class and the fashion-conscious locals are serious about style. The beautiful streets are filled with famous designers boutiques, independent fashion stores and charming gift shops. Combine your trip with a seeing it's lovely buildings and castle and you have yourself a perfect weekend away - just bring your warmest coat!

3. Birmingham - Birmingham is the UKs official second city and offers a great choice for Christmas shoppers. Most shops can be found in the newly redeveloped Bull Ring and New Street located in the centre of town. The city is filled with major high street shops, a fabulous jewellery quarter and a very impressive 40 million futuristic Selfridges building.

4. Spitalfields market, London - Spitalfields is definitely an alternative shopping destination but if you're bored with the usual high street stores then Spitalfields market with it's eclectic range of stalls - many with original designs - is definitely worth a visit. Buy your cool cousin an original leather satchel, your mum a vintage brooch, your new niece or nephew a trendy printed babygrow or just pick up a slice of wheat-free Christmas cake.

5. Dublin - It's not in the UK but Dublin is a fun and vibrant city and would make an excellent choice for an easily accessible Christmasshopping destination. With its compact city, all the shops are in easy walking distance of eachother with most of the shopping centred around the pedestrianised Grafton Street, (top-end shops) and St.Stephens Green Shopping Centre (the usual high street shops). When you're all shopped our here head for Temple Bar for trendy and more unusual clothing, music and art stores (and probably also a pint of Guinness). - 39969

About the Author:
For more fantastic advice on top destinations and global travel visit Becky Padmore's website which also has advice on where to find beautiful places in United Kingdom

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