The UK loves fashion, and has a style all of its own, with elements of both American and European fashion and some unique twists – including a passion for vintage styles from the UK’s colourful fashion past. If you are looking for a great city to go shopping for high fashion or high street chic, or just want to do some style spotting in a fashionable area, then here are some of the most stylish places to visit in the UK!
No discussion of UK fashion would be complete without a mention for London. It is not by accident that London is included with style capitals like Milan, Paris and New York when it comes to high end designer fashion, and it of course also has its own fashion week, as well as being where all the major British designer labels, fashion magazines and brands are based. London is not just about the top end luxury stuff when it comes to fashion, however, and if you pay a visit to places like Carnaby Street or Camden Market you will see far more quirky, street inspired fashion. If you love high street clothes, then Oxford Street is where all the brands you love have their flagship shops, with some exclusive lines and great bargains. Download the parkmobile.co.uk app to pay for many of the on-street parking spaces in the capital.
Manchester is probably England’s best known city for fashion and popular culture after the capital, and has a style that is different from London’s but still very British. This is a city with a more casual feel, though you can still buy and flaunt high end clothing in good company here, with Manchester’s excellent nightlife full of fashionable people. Manchester is a great city to hunt for vintage clothes or unique clothing from small indie brands, but also has all the high street and designer shopping you could want. It is the ideal place for a shopping weekend if you are visiting, with the city centre largely walkable and loads of great restaurants and bars to break up your shopping. Book a parking space with yourparkingspace.co.uk so you can park up without any hassle, then simply explore on foot!
The Welsh capital is a city that just keeps getting trendier, and has a relaxed, laid back feel that is reflected in the fashions people tend to wear. If you don’t fancy the crowds and pace of London but want to see some unusual and interesting fashion, and be able to source clothes you won’t find anywhere else, Cardiff is a cool city to visit on a shopping trip, and with its large student population, has a young, fun feel. While Cardiff does have all of the brands you’d expect in a major UK city, including the top end designers, the most interesting things can be found in smaller boutiques dotted around the city centre, making it a fun place to explore. If travelling to Cardiff by car there are a number of NCP car parks in the city, and if going via train pre-booking on redspottedhanky.com can save you money on the usual price of tickets.
Of course, there are plenty of other cities that deserve a mention too, like Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton, but if you want a really fashionable UK city to explore for a day or a weekend, check out these three first!