Planning a trip to London? We have a secret to tell. Less than a one-hour train ride from the UK's capital, Bicester Village is THE luxury outlet shopping destination newly on the Middle East's radar. BAZAAR tells you why....
1. THE LOCATION
In the heart of picturesque Oxfordshire, England – Bicester Village is just a 46-minute train journey from London Marylebone with two trains per hour.
2. THE EXPERIENCE
For VIP clients, The Apartment is a beautiful new space by-appointment-only that boasts five-star hotel luxury from the impeccable interior design to the service and F&B offerings. The pâtisseries were unbeatable!
Bespoke Middle Eastern services from personal shoppers to Arabic-speaking hosts are on hand for all your needs – there's 'hands-free' shopping too, so you can let someone else shop til they drop!
Tax refunds are available for those living outside of the EU and there's frequent flyer rewards – Etihad included.
The Apartment at Bicester Village
3. THE SHOPPING
There's over 160 luxury brands with up to 60-percent off from fashion and beauty to watches and jewellery. Our favourites? (old) Celine and Gucci, of course. But you can expect Saint Laurent, Prada, Burberry and many more.
It's only last season's stock, but for many brands, their pieces don't go out of style. Think a classic Burberry trench coat.
The Gucci boutique is not to be missed
4. THE DINING
The newly opened Café Wolseley offers a halal-friendly menu and open for all-day dining. It's the first outside of the original in Piccadilly, London and isn't to be missed. A leisurely lunch awaits.
The luxe interiors at Café Wolseley
5. THE OUTCOME
Easy-access, luxury buys at a steal, delicious dining, a picturesque location and endless guest services. See you there...
Bazaar's Fashion Editor Gemma Deeks after a day of shopping