Post-Christmas shopping in any town can be madness when there are sales to be had and bargains to be found, when it comes to shopping for bargains in London crazy shoppers don’t come close. Everyone should be able to enjoy the sales and have fun whilst out shopping, The Mirror put together a list of five top tips for you to follow to have a fun and safe shopping trip, so whether you are residing in London for the holidays or you are making a special trip here are The Mirrors top tips to keep you happy whilst shopping, and a couple of my own added for extra measures.
Advanced planning is key to having a successful trip, planning might not be appealing when it comes to a shopping trip but it is essential if you want a hassle free day. Plan where it is you want to go and know what you are looking for or hoping to purchase.
Are you hoping to travel by car, public transport or private hire, if you are traveling by car make sure you have found a central car park and make an advanced booking if possible, if public transport is your thing then check the bus routes and the train times, private hire can be arranged from hotels, though, if you are looking for something a little less formal then lack cabs are dotted all over London.
Top tip for car parking, book with a NCP car park, located across the city including; Covent Garden, Regents Park and Marble Arch, advanced booking will save you money, save you time, and by becoming a member it will save you pounds in the future and in any other city according to The Mirror.
Refreshments and Dining
Keeping a bottle of water in your purse whilst shopping will keep you hydrated and not as flustered, if you are looking to dine, then you are in for a treat. London is filed with places for you to dine, everything from food carts to high end restaurants is available for you to choose from, we all know how peckish dipping in and out of shops can be.
Seek out hidden gems
We instantly think sales then think big department stores, what about the little places that are hidden behind the big shops, what about the hidden gems that are located behind Oxford Street, there are many small independent shops dotted about the city and seeking them out is all part of the fun.
Relax at the Theatre
It doesn’t have to be all about the shopping, especially if you are making a weekend of it, why not book a theatre ticket and watch a show, it will allow for you to be entertained and you can rest your feet at the same time. If you want to combine a few tasks why not book a meal and theatre combination, dine before you get entertained and make the most of your time in the capital.
Be careful with sale purchases
Make sure you read what clauses come with the purchase, not everything can be returned and there might be a hidden damage to the sale item.
Have a budget in mind when it comes to sale shopping, don’t get carried away with the saes and leave yourself short for the New Year.
Use gift cards
If you received a gift card then now is the time to use it and if you want to go one step further, this is probably the time to exchange any unwanted Christmas Presents or any duplicates.
If you follow these tips you should be able to have an enjoyable experience whilst in London shopping and if you are hoping to make a weekend of it then you should look at Montcalm Brewery Hotel London, not only will you be able to save money on your accommodation but you will also be able to look for a package that suits your needs. London is filled with opportunities and choices when it comes to accommodation, and with it being one of the most popular cities in the world advanced booking would be advised. And early bird bookings can also come with early bird discounts.