Outlet shopping is usually the preserve of out-of-town “villages”. While there aren’t really any outlet shopping centres in London, there are some big high-street and designer outlets within the city if the fear of going further than Zone 6 brings you out in a cold sweat.
How outlets differ from normal shops
So what’s an outlet anyway? Well, if you’ve never been, an outlet is a shop or group of shops that sell discounted stock, which is often stuff that’s no longer being sold in the main retail store.
Where are the London outlets?
London doesn’t have a huge outlet culture—possibly due to a lack of the kind of retail space you might find in far-flung places. But there are a few dotted around the city.
London Designer Outlet
Most people go to Wembley for football or huge concerts, but it’s also worth a trip for bargain-hunting. London Designer Outlet (LDO) is an outlet mall with discounted brands including Gap, Marks & Spencer and H&M, among others.
Address: Empire Way, London HA9 OPA
Nearest station: Wembley Park
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The Box in Hackney hosts designer sample sales each week, labels range from the higher end like Isabel Marant to smaller, underground brands with discounts of up to 80%.
Address:4–6 Ram Place, London E9 6LT
Nearest station: Hackney Central
The Clarks outlet stores
Want quality shoes on a shoestring? Clarks has outlet stores in Elephant & Castle, Kilburn, Peckham, Seven Sisters, Wembley and Woolwich selling women’s, men’s and kids’ stock at discounted prices (50% or more), with the best deals to be had on out-of-season stock.
Elephant & Castle Unit 338
Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London, SE1 6TB
Nearest station: Elephant & Castle
103-107 Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, London, NW6 6JQ
Nearest station: Brondesbury
61-63 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 5EX
Nearest station: Peckham Rye
Unit 2, 67-83 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 6BU
Nearest station: Seven Sisters
Unit 121, London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0FD
Nearest station: Wembley Park
113-117 Powis Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6JB
Nearest station: Woolwich Arsenal
The Galleria Outlet Centre
Just in case you do think a short trip to the burbs is worth it, then head to Hatfield in Hertfordshire (about 30 mins from King’s X) where you’ll find The Galleria Outlet Centre and many, many high-street shops.
Address: Comet Way, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0XR
Nearest station: Trains from King’s Cross, Moorgate or Finsbury Park
Bicester Shopping Village
Even further afield is Bicester (pronounced “Bister”) Shopping Village. This huge outlet mall is crammed with top-shelf names and significantly reduced prices. Luxury brands include Michael Kors, Saint Laurent, Barbour, Coach and Vivienne Westwood. The only catch? It’s a 45-minute train out of London. To sweeten the pot slightly, you can buy a VIP pass bundled in with your train ticket, which can get you exclusive deals when you arrive. It’s also just 10 minutes from Oxford by train—so it might be worth stopping by if you’re making a weekend trip.
Address: Bicester Shopping Village, 50 Pingle Dr, Bicester OX26 6WD
Nearest station: Trains twice an hour from Marylebone
Bargain shopping outside the outlets
TK Maxx usually sells big-name clothing brands for lower prices, and bargainous fancy cookware too. There are large stores in Tottenham Court Road, Hammersmith and Manor House among others.
It’s also worth signing up to brand mailing lists for notifications on sample sales or stock clearance.
And one final cheapo tip, if your favourite store doesn’t have an outlet, have a look to see if it has an eBay web outlet—this is a cheapo writer–tested method, where a £45.00 dress was purchased for £15.00.