Where to shop tax free in the UK
Tax Free shopping in London
- Oxford Street: Many the famous department stores e.g. House of Fraser, where you will find luxury brands and a personal shopping service
- Regent Street: Quickly becoming the most popular shopping street in London. Home to international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Zara, as well as flagship stores for J Crew, Michael Kors and Karl Lagerfeld. Also home to Hamleys, the oldest toy store in the world, one of the city's major tourist attractions, you can discover 7 floors with more than 50,000 toys.
- Old and New Bond Street: Largest and finest collection of British & International luxury brands and UK flagship stores of Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Gucci and Alexander McQueen, as well as fine jewellery boutiques from Boodles and Damiani.
- Knightsbridge: Home to the famous department store and fashion powerhouse that is Harvey Nichols. You’ll also find ateliers for very British brands like Burberry, Stella McCartney, and Vivienne Westwood.
- Sloane Street: Boutiques from power brands such as Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Giorgio Armani – home to Armani Privé.
Tax Free shopping in other UK cities
- Bicester Village: Offering outlet discounts all year round, spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands such as Dior and Ralph Lauren. It is a prime destination for Tax Free shopping with a cash refund location on-site.
- Stratford upon Avon: Home to Shakespeare and family run jeweller, George Pragnell, located in the walls of a historic 16th century building, chose from a selection of fine jewellery, luxury Swiss watch brands, such as Patek Philippe, or their rich collection of antique and period jewellery.
- Bath: Full of so much history it has been designated a World Heritage site. The city is full of leading British fashion and lifestyle brands such as Karen Millen, and Whistles.
- Manchester: Home to two football teams, their luxury-loving players means some of the most high-end purchasing you can find outside of Knightsbridge. The main shopping district, Deansgate, holds luxury brands such as Armani.
- Edinburgh: Scotland’s capital is famous for its woollen mills and glorious castle looming over Princes Street. There’s a variety of shopping to cater for every taste, ranging from department stores such as Harvey Nichols and Jenner’s, through to high street stores such as Marks & Spencer, GAP, and River Island.You can also explore souvenir shops on the historical Royal Mile, leading up to Castle.
- Shopping hours are generally 9-6, however, many shops participate in late night shopping on a Thursday and during peak summer weeks, Due to trading laws, most shops are open from 11-5 on a Sunday.
- It’s best to avoid public transport in these cities, especially London, during peak rush hour periods (6-9am and 5-7pm). Public transport is extremely busy during these times.
- Paying with Cards: virtually all but the very smallest shops, accept credit cards and debit cards, notably Visa and MasterCard. In virtually all cases, foreign cards are accepted in UK as long as they are chip and pin variety; Union Pay is accepted in stores where you see the Union Pay logo; swipe & sign may not be accepted. You can also pay using Contactless, however, this is for low sales amounts.
London 2015 Premier Luxury Shopping Guide