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Best shopping centres in the south west

6 December 2021

Have the itch for a shopping spree? We know the feeling. Luckily, there is an abundance of shopping centres in the south west which can satisfy your cravings.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect outfit for your next big event or you are simply in need of a browse, you are truly spoilt for choice. From Westfield in London to Westquay in Southampton, there is something to suit everyone.

So grab your preferred shopping partner and head to one (or all!) of the shopping centres on our list, which are all easy to get to with South Western Railway.

Shopping centres in London

When you’re in the mood for some retail therapy, there’s no better place to start than the capital! For a change of scenery, stray away from Oxford Street and seek out some shopping centres.

Westfield Shopping Centre

Renowned for providing one of the best shopping experiences in the UK, it doesn’t get much better than Westfield. There are two Westfields in London, but the best one is in White City, with just about every brand you can imagine under one roof.

Interior of Westfield White City, Shepherd's Bush

From All Saints to Aldo, Burberry to Boss, it will be hard to refrain from breaking the bank, but it will be worth it for the gems you’ll find in the process.

Get the train to Clapham Junction, then hop on the Overground to Shepherd’s Bush to get your shopping spree started.

Burlington Arcade

As one of the original department stores in the UK, Burlington Arcade is a true gem in the London landscape, with an array of retailers as well as a vast history. Walk through Mayfair and drop into some of the 47 boutiques in this grand arcade. You’ll be wishing for more wardrobe space!

Entrance to Burlington Arcade, Mayfair, London

Discover your dress of dreams in Vilebrequin or get your paws on the perfect pair of shoes in Church’s – there are endless opportunities in this arcade.

Take the train to London Waterloo, then hop on the tube to Green Park and get shopping!

St Martin’s Courtyard

If you are search of a lavish location for your next shopping day, St Martin’s Courtyard in the West End will certainly suit your fancy. Featuring a wide range of established and independent retailers, as well as a selection of restaurants, you’re guaranteed to leave with a haul worth writing home about.

Christmas decorations at St Martin's Courtyard, London

Jump on a train to London Waterloo and take a stroll through Convent Garden to get there. Or if you’re in a hurry to get your shopping splurge started, simply hop on a tube to Leicester Square and you’ll be there in no time.

Shopping centres outside London

Got the shopping bug but don’t feel like venturing to the capital? There are a huge array of shopping centres speckled around the South West which are perfect for some retail therapy.   

Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

As the south’s leading designer outlet, it’s no surprise that Gunwharf Quays makes our list. With a huge selection of designer brands, and discount offerings of up to 60% off, you're guaranteed to bag yourself a bargain worth bragging about.

Gunwharf Quays at night

Since shopping sprees are often considered a sport in themselves, there are a selection of restaurants onsite which provide the perfect break spot. Fuel up at Five Guys, have a feast at Zizzi’s or get your desired sugar rush at Krispy Kreme, and you’ll be ready to hit the shops again in no time.

To get to Gunwharf Quays, simply hop on a train to Portsmouth Harbour station, and the shopping centre is just around the corner. If you travel with SWR, you can save an extra 10% off at Gunwharf Quays with SWR Rewards – serving as just another justification for some retail therapy!

The Oracle, Reading

With a wide range of luxury outlets alongside some of your fashion favourites, the Oracle has everything you need for your next shopping excursion. With shops spread among its indoor and outdoor units, this shopping centre is the perfect setting for stocking up on next season’s wardrobe.

The Oracle, Reading at night

As this shopping centre is conveniently located only a two-minute walk from Reading station, it provides the perfect excuse for some well-deserved retail therapy. 

Westquay Shopping Centre, Southampton

Located in the heart of Southampton, Westquay shopping centre is just the place to quench your retail therapy thirst. With a huge array of shops that have styles to suit all tastes, you’re sure to seek out your next staple in no time.

Westquay Southampton exterior

Have no fear about shopping ‘til you drop, as this hub has no shortage of restaurants or cafes to keep you going. Whether you’re in search of a simple snack to sustain you whilst shopping, or something more substantial, there are options for all taste buds at Westquay.

With Southampton Central only a short walk from this centre, this is a day out that is too tempting to pass up.

Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter

Exeter has everything a shopping addict is after, with this shopping centre offering a range of retail opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. Favoured as one of the best shopping centres in the area, Guildhall has gifts galore for all. So whether you’re hunting for something for your partner, or for a cheeky present for yourself, there are endless options for you to choose from.

Entrance to the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter

Stay caffeinated on your quest with a coffee from Arthur’s Deli or why not celebrate a successful trip by tucking into some tacos from Tortilla? No matter what you’re in the mood for, food or fashion wise, this shopping centre deserves a spot on your list.

Only a ten-minute walk from Exeter St David station, consider your next shopping trip sorted.

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