Shopping at all stations: The best retail experiences by train
Whether you’re a designer devotee or a vintage aficionado, your next shopping adventure starts with a train journey.
When the delights of your local high street just aren’t cutting it any more, and online baskets aren’t providing the buzz they once did, it might be time to seek out some new retail therapy farther afield. Thankfully, the UK has some of the most exciting and diverse shopping experiences in the world, and we don’t just mean dodging the crowds on Oxford Street. By jumping on a London Northwestern Railway train, you can easily access the country’s shopping hotspots, from Liverpool to London, whether it’s for a day trip or one long credit-card-crunching tour.
And the best part about it? The money and stress you save on travelling by rail, avoiding costly parking and weekend traffic, means that you’ll be much less likely to succumb to any post-purchase guilt. Oh, and because you’re not driving you’ll be able to enjoy a glass of wine or two at lunch while you’re at it.
Dover Street Market
Coal Drops Yard
After you’ve shimmied around the shipping containers-turned-shops at Boxpark, Shoreditch, cross the road for a saunter down Redchurch Street. Inhale the deliciously decadent scents at Le Labo and Aesop, pick up the perfect white T-shirt at Sunspel, and then head to Modern Society for two things you’re guaranteed to find in east London – great clothes and great coffee.
This former Royal Mail sorting office is now home to designer boutiques such as Paul Smith, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein. It’s also got a Harvey Nichols hiding behind its postbox-red exterior, complete with food hall and beauty rooms. Plus, the location right by the canal makes it a great place to hang out even if you’re just window shopping, or catching a film at the Everyman.
This cobbled strip regularly gets voted one of the top shopping streets in the country. Selling everything from street food to records to shoes, it’s an ever-changing smorgasbord of shopping delights. Don’t miss the quirky bookstore (and Liverpool institution) News from Nowhere and vintage shops Resurrected and Pop, then check out Utility for Scandi furniture and necklaces with unicorns on. Because who doesn’t need another one of those?
To the south of the city, right by Sefton Park, bunting-strewn Lark Lane is the place to head for boho boutiques, art galleries and vintage stores. Fantasise about owning the retro funfair rides in antiques warehouse Gasp, browse the hundreds of frames and prints in Phil’s Picture Palace, or pick up some new vintage threads in Larks. Then reward yourself with an afternoon tea at Tea House. Shopping is thirsty work, after all.
Travel to any of these shopping destinations with London Northwestern Railway. For the best value tickets, with no booking fee.