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With an intriguing blend of tradition and avant-garde, Oxfordshire has plenty to offer and here are the best places to shop. Queen Street, just up from Oxford Castle, is where you will find chain stores such as Marks & Spencer, The White Company, Beaverbrooks the jeweller and Paperchase.
Opening onto Queen Street is Westgate Oxford, which recently underwent a massive £500m revamp and now boasts more than 100 stores including John Lewis, 20 restaurants and cafes. Also accessed from Queen Street is the Clarendon Centre, a smaller indoor shopping mall with a mix of big name outlets selling clothes, shoes, jewellery such as Gap, H&M and The Body Shop.
A few minutes away is the High Street – known locally as ‘The High’ – and home to some of the more upmarket boutiques such as Karen Millen, Coast, Reiss, Toast, Brora and Jigsaw. Make sure you pay a visit to Oxford’s Covered Market, as soon as you step inside, you will be bowled over by the delicious smells and colourful bustle and spot stalls selling almost everything from cheese, organic meat, sausages, fish to chocolates, cake and flowers.
The wider county offers great retail too, the most notable being Bicester Village, where shopaholics can indulge in its unprecedented brand mix, beautiful settings, cultural richness, and remarkable service and savings.
Market St, Oxford OX1 3DZ
Centred in the middle of the city, accessed either from the High Street, Market Street or through the Golden Cross in Cornmarket Street, Oxford Covered Market welcomes its visitors with an array of colours and aromas. The building dates back to the 1770s and has a long, varied and interesting heritage. The Market has always been an attraction for visiting tourists, providing a unique showcase for the very best in local crafts, food and drink. We are proud that the majority of our businesses are independent and with some going back generations. With over 40 traders selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and jewellery to name but a few, it is the unique ‘one stop shop’. No one coming to Oxford should miss a visit and with the continued support from local residents, students and businesses it will continue to thrive – so visit us soon and enjoy the personal bespoke customer service together with first class products. Visit website
102 High St, Oxford OX1 4BW
Brora is one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful modern cashmere and clothing brands. Since its beginning in 1993 Brora has steadily grown into a fully-fledged fashion label with its own distinctive viewpoint – wearable, subtle but highly individual, and mainly British-made. Scottish cashmere is still at Brora’s heart but every season founder, sole owner and creative director Victoria Stapleton – who gives the brand its guiding vision – and her design team, create an ever growing range of clothing to build a complete wardrobe around those beautiful colourful cashmere knits using only the finest fabrics such as tweed, silk and wool. However, Brora remains true to its quirky, slightly vintage-inspired self, while moving on each season with the turn of fashion’s wheel. Visit website
101 The Westgate, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1PB
Right in the heart of the city centre, John Lewis & Partners offers a destination for everyone who has a love for style, beauty and experiences. The in-store services, such as personal styling and nail and brow bar are complemented by two restaurants and a cafe:bar, giving you an excuse to treat yourself to an all-day experience. Visit website
99 High St, Witney OX28 6HY
Established in 1985, Teddy Bears of Witney was the first shop in Britain to specialise in selling new and old teddy bears. You will find a breathtaking choice of bears by Steiff and other fine makers from around the world. The museum features the original Aloysius from Brideshead Revisited and many other fascinating bears. Visit website
The Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford OX1 1TR
Burrows & Hare – men’s lifestyle and grooming for a new generation of discerning gentleman. The store’s vision for every item, is that it be beautifully crafted, built to last and live organically with those who wear it and within its environment. At Burrows & Hare they believe in opting for a higher quality of product, made by skilled and talented people. Through classic styling, quality materials and meticulous finishing, each product becomes timeless, making it a modern classic. Overall, the store aligns its lifestyle philosophy with “buy less but buy better quality goods” it strives towards reducing waste, pollution and misconduct against labour force. Be it in a small way, it honours the craft and product itself. Visit website
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