7 Outlet Stores you shouldn't miss in London

Here at Shopping Spy, we love keeping up to date with all the fashionista events and sample sales from our favourite brands and recently we've been spying what seems to be a growing retail trend - outlet shopping. Here's a run through of which outlets we love and ones which we won't be recommending!

Surprisingly, the latest London hub to house the cream of the fashion crop is Hackney. Home to Burberry, Aquascutum, Pringle of Scotland and Anya Hindmarch, this area is becoming a one stop destination for outlet shopping. During my trip, I was told a few more big name brands will be appearing on Chatham Place later this year but my source wasn't giving anything away so I'll be staying on the lookout over in E9!

Only a short walk from the Hackney Central station, your first destination in this area is Pringle of Scotland. Housing past collections from the brand at a weighty discount, this heritage brand is a must visit. Also the more basic apparel is made specifically for this outlet store which means they are retailed at great prices - sweaters are around £20 and cardigans are a tad more expensive at £50.

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Opposite this store is Anya Hindmarch which opened in February this year and is a store I am quite excited about! The interior still has that luxurious feel that is sometimes missing in an outlet store yet you don't feel as guilty about leaving with bags full of goodies as the prices are hugely discounted. All stock is from their previous collections and the accessories are mostly under £100 so they are great for when you are trying to find a special but affordable gift (men take note).

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Aquascutum is just next door selling previous collections of the brand, the store is well stocked so you're sure to find something you'll love!

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The Burberry store is quite different to your typical store from this brand. The luxury feel is somewhat stunted but there is no denying the bargains that are to be had in this designer playground selling a great selection of the brand's past collections! Some of my favourite spy's included the classic beige trench for £269 and their plain ladies white shirts for just £29, the perfect addition for your working wardrobe! Tip: be aware that you have to check your bag into a locker upon entering the store so be sure not to bring a big bag with you!

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Located in central London, the Paul Smith store is tucked away on Avery Row and is one of the only outlets who I feel manages to maintain that luxury feel within the discounted setting. The personality of the brand is central to the store's design and the spacious layout means you don't have to sift through the rails to find the gems - they're neatly laid out in front of you! Tip: check out the cufflinks cabinet on the first floor. These playful accessories are a great way to subtly show off your fashion credentials!

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The Joseph outlet store on the King's Road has some great hidden gems tucked between their own brand clothing! I spied a great Stella McCartney dress for £388 and a Victoria Beckham dress for less than half price at £263! Further down the road is the LK Bennett outlet, which is worth a visit if you are in the area but I thought in general there wasn't a great deal of stock. Although, the prices are reasonably discounted with a dress costing around £115-135. I would recommend doing your shoe shopping for summer here as they have a vast selection of colourful styles starting from £90!

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Outside Central London

Travelling further afield to Wembley, I visited the London Designer Outlet and while a trip here would make a fun day out with friends if you live locally, I wouldn't recommend travelling from afar to get there as I was quite disappointed with the experience as a whole. Similarly with the Topshop outlet in Edgware, I was so excited about this store but you really have to look hard for a bargain that makes the trip to Zone 6 worthwhile!

Two well known outlet stores, Mulberry and Kilver Court Designer Village reside a few hours outside of London, in Somerset. I had heard great things about both stores but I felt the selection at Mulberry was quite dated (albeit only a season or two old) and still quite expensive. Kilver Court offered a greater selection of products catering for a variety of tastes with brands such as Jack Wills, Toast, Amanda Wakeley and Joseph but sadly I wasn't blown away by this outlet store either. Both are worth visiting if you are in the area, but I won't be making the three hour drive from London to visit them again.

 

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