Shopping in outlets in London is a great way for fashion junkies to get their fix without breaking the bank. With many shops stocking designer labels with up to 70% (and sometimes more!) reduction on normal retail price, there are some real bargains to be had.
There are several outlet shopping centres in London that are worth a visit if you live in the area or are planning a shopping trip.My favorite is London Designer Outlet, you should really check it out. Some are located in central London, while others are a bit more off the beaten track. It’s also worth signing up to mailing lists on the brands’ official websites so that you’ll be informed straight away if there is a sample sale or stock clearance.
Shop department store and mall store sales before going to the outlets, especially when it comes to things like shoes, jeans and leather goods. The selection is bigger at retail malls, and many retail stores will give you a better value when sales and coupon discounts are added in.
Avoid the outlets between noon and 3 p.m., when crowds are at their peak. Like airline ticket pricing, outlet shopping is best on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, when crowds are smaller and deliveries are made. Off-season goods are typically sold at bargain-basement prices, so shop for summer items in the winter, and vice versa.
Remember that what you buy at an outlet store may not be returnable and many regular retailers won’t take returns from their outlet stores.