Shoestring shopping tips for London from London Nights
November 26, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsLondon Nights have today released a guide to the best post-Christmas sales in London, including tips for shopping on a shoestring budget in London.
Following the announcement of the toughest budget to face the UK in years, belts are set to be tightened even further. If the harsh budget cuts weren't enough, the impending rise of VAT in January means shoppers must be extra savvy to avoid losing out – plan what you need for 2011 and buy it before VAT soars to 20%.
A good way to shop savvy is to make the most of the post-Christmas sales by venturing on a shopping break. London is a mecca for shoppers, especially during the Boxing Day and January sales. You shouldn't attempt the sales blindfolded however, you need to plan your trip. You need to source out the best sales and decide which are best for you to avoid the hordes of queues and ensure you don't lose out on that all important item to another keen shopper!
The Boxing Day sales are probably the most popular of the year, with it not uncommon to see eager bargain hunters camping outside major retailers in the cold overnight. All sound a tad extreme? If so, you can still make the most of the sales and stay warm - simply book a hotel close to your favourite shops in Knightsbridge, Kensington or near Oxford Street so you can join the queues refreshed and ready to shop after a good night's sleep. Better yet why not book a serviced apartment – think of all that extra space to store your shopping bags! Then, after you have shopped till you've dropped, you can head back to relieve your tired arms of all your bags and recuperate, rather than having to make the journey home straight away.
So, where are the best bargains?
The big ones…
Harrods – The annual Boxing Day sale of this iconic department store is famous all over the world. Shoppers are enticed with savings of up to 75% off everything from high fashion to home furnishings.
Selfridges – Widely regarded as the biggest and best sale in London, the Selfridges sale is known to draw over 3,000 shoppers to wait throughout the night for the doors to open at 9am. Expect to save up to 75% off.
Harvey Nichols – The other famous department store in Knightsbridge offers great savings early Boxing Day. Be quick though to get fine designer pieces offered at a fraction of the price tag.
Fortnum and Mason - The flagship Piccadilly store offers some great deals and is perfect for those wanting to pick up some traditional British goods.
Other sales to look out for…
Westfield shopping centre – Where the high street meets designer boutiques, Westfield is a great choice for those who prefer a variety of shops.
Oxford Street – Find the flagships stores of a range of high street favourites including Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Boots and H&M.
Covent Garden – Find quirkier clothing shops as well as stores specialising in outdoor apparel.
Liberty – This famous Regent Street store offers everything for you and your home.