Pillow Partners Top 10 Shopping Destinations

Here we have our top 10 destinations for the perfect shopaholic! From Birmingham to Yorkshire, check out all our recommendations including the best places to get your head down in between.

1- Birmingham

With an amazing array of shops to choose from, Birmingham is definitely at the top of our list. You’ll probably need a couple of days to explore what Birmingham has to offer as well as restaurants, attractions, and shopping. You have the Bullring & grand central, Burlington arcade, City arcade, Great western arcade & independents, the mailbox & the cube. There are still so many more that we haven’t listed!



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2- Gunwharf Quays

Gunwharf Quays is the South Coast’s leading designer shopping outlet and home to over 90 stores with up to 60% off all day, every day. Discover an extensive range of women’s and men’s fashion, childrenswear, shoes and accessories, sportswear, homewares, lifestyle, gifting, and beauty. Once you’ve finished your busy day of shopping there is a range of bars, restaurants, bowling and the cinema for you to explore.


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3- Manchester

Manchester Arndale and The Trafford Centre as well as high street destinations such as Exchange Square and Market Street offer an unrivalled selection of international brands combined with the best of British at department stores like John Lewis, Selfridges, House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer. For that extra special something, visit boutique districts around King Street, Spinningfields and New Cathedral Street and browse their designer shops. Or if one-off independents and handmade is more your thing, Manchester’s alternative and creative heart, The Northern Quarter, is home to countless vintage stores, record shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.


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4- Brighton

The seaside resort town of Brighton is packed full of exciting things to do, but one of the most alluring aspects of this community is its extensive range of shopping opportunities. You can find just about anything, from souvenirs and clothes to handmade crafts and custom jewellery, so everyone will be able to find something to their liking. From Marina Square, Churchill Square, The Lanes, North Laine, London road & Brighton market there is so much to explore!



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5- Southampton

Welcome to sophisticated shopping. Dip into indulgent make-up and beauty treats at Lush. Test the newest tech at Southampton’s Apple store. Find something chic at Oliver Bonas. Whether you’re gossiping with your best friends over retail therapy, or treating a family member to something special, Westquay is the ultimate shopping destination on the South Coast. With over 90 stores in the heart of Southampton, you’ll find the latest styles at designer outlets like Tommy Hilfiger as well as high street staples like New Look, Victoria’s Secret, M&S, Ann Summers, Levi’s, John Lewis and Zara. Experience the joys of shopping at Westquay, and browse your favourite home stores, electronics shops and fashion brands for your next trip.



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6- Edinburgh

There aren’t many cities in the world where the foremost shopping thoroughfare boasts an uninterrupted view of an ancient castle, but Edinburgh’s Princes Street does just that! It’s unique with its shops lining only one side of the street, leaving the opposite side a lush and verdant garden space giving shoppers breathtaking views of the Old Town cityscape. The newly opened St James quarter 4 storey building is all the stores you could imagine and makes for a fantastic day out.



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7- Kent – Bluewater

Located in Kent, traditionally known as the Garden of England, our overall site of 240 acres is surrounded by a 50 acre landscape of lakes, parkland and trees making it the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. With over 300 stores, over 50 bars, restaurants and cafes along with 13,000 free car parking, this is the perfect place to indulge in a day of shopping.


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8- Bicester Village

Discover more than 160+ boutiques from the world’s most exciting designer brands, famous restaurants, true five-star hospitality and remarkable savings of up to 60% on the recommended retail price. Bicester village has millions of visitors a year and is the second most visited destination by Chinese tourists or then Buckingham Palace. 

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9- Cheshire Oak –

With a quarter-million square feet of retail space, comprising more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and cafés, Cheshire Oaks isn’t merely the UK’s largest Designer Outlet. The Designer Outlet has a wide range of brands, offering something to suit every taste. Highlights range from athletic labels, like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favourites, like Marks & Spencer and Next, to a selection of iconic fashion brands, including Burberry, Polo, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss.

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10- Leeds

Victoria Gate has to be one of the most striking shopping centres in Leeds. There’s a sense of luxury which extends from the architecture to the brands you’ll find here – and the restaurants above. It’s anchored by the flagship four-floor John Lewis store, but you’ll also be able to dip into Anthropologie, The White Company, & Other Stories and more for designer clothes and quirky stuff for the home. The scent of coffee wafts through the doors of the Nespresso shop, and you’ll find a rich range of places to grab a bite to eat.

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