EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
By Reem Kanj / Photography with thanks to Farah
After posting on Instagram that Natalya and I visited Bicester Village for a day of outlet shopping we had lots of great comments, so I’m hoping you’ll enjoy this feature all about why we love it and some of our top tips for visiting.
Natalya, our bff, Farah and I caught a 45 minute direct train from Marylebone station to Bicester North for about £18 return. You can also buy tickets which include the Bicester Village shuttle bus from outside the station, or jump in a £5 cab to make the five minute journey to the village.
We scheduled about four hours for shopping and lunch, thinking this was more than enough time to wander all the amazing designer outlets, do some shopping and grab a gelato for a sugar rush. Turns out, four hours was no where near enough time.
Between all the stores we wanted to visit, the ones we wanted to return to, trying things on, comparing pieces, and everything else in between, we should have really doubled our allocated time.
If you’re thinking it’s just unwanted, past season stock, think again. There are super covetable items in all the stores, including pieces I’ve barely managed to find available anywhere in stores or online. Walking into Saint Laurent and Burberry were the most difficult to leave empty handed, and the list of designer brand names goes on, which you can find a full version of here.
Visiting Bicester Village is at the top of our list for what to do when in the UK, especially London. After holidays such as Eid, or if you have special occasions coming up like a wedding, it can be particularly useful, but really, there’s no need for an excuse. The discounts will have you returning time and time again.
We won’t spoil anymore surprises for you. Just make sure you schedule a date in your diary for a trip and be sure to refer to our round-up of top tips below.
A few things to make note of.
Schedule the whole day for your trip. You’ll want lots of time to visit everything.
Be sure to check the weather, the village is all outdoors and really beautiful, so you’ll want to make the most of it. Plus, rain, ew.
If you can believe it, Bicester Village also has a sale and we’ve heard it’s not one to miss.
Wear comfortable shoes, nothing worse then having to leave early because your feet hurt.
Map out the stores you want to check out so you don’t miss a thing.
Be sure to stop for lunch, we particularly love the latest opening, Farmshop.
Try and visit with a good amount saved, the last thing you’ll want is to feel like you’re missing out!
Go with friends you love shopping with.
Don’t forget about the pop-up’s there are always great ones. I once got a killer pair of Charlotte Olympia’s for around £200 when they popped up.
HOW TO GET THERE
50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6WD.