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Bicester Village is a designer outlet shopping centre located in the village of Bicester, North Oxfordshire and is about an hours drive from West London. The village has approximately 120 luxury outlet boutiques which boast up to 60% reductions over high street prices.
Bicester Village is about an hours drive along the M40 from North West London and is clearly signposted from junction 9. There is a free car park for shoppers. If you don't want to drive then there are public transport options available from London Marylebone to Bicester North station or from Birmingham Moor St. At the station there is a bus service called the village taxi which will take you to the centre. A combined bus/train ticket can be purchased from the departing station. There are also train and bus services from Oxford.
The centre is open from 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. The shops can be split into various categories and there is something for everyone:
Clothing, including Accessories, Monsoon, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry, DKNY and Reebok to name a few.
Shoes including Jimmy Choos and Clarks
Jewellery including Links of London
Beauty: L'Occataine and a make up outlet store
Others: Cath Kidson, Books etc and Kipling
There is also a Pret a Manger for when you want to grab something to eat. The centre offers a gift card which can be loaded with any amount of money and spent at any of the stores in the centre- Perfect for when you don't know what to get someone.
The village is quite compact and easy to navigate with the map that is available. I spent around 3 hours there and visited all the shops without feeling rushed. The shops are all designed to look kind of like ski chalets which made them look quaint. All the shops were well organised inside unlike in the High Street sales where things are often jumbled together and you have to sift through to find an item. This is something I don't have the patience for! In terms of products in the shops it is 'pot luck' what is available. Usually the products are those that are coming to the end of the range, but not always so. I bought a hat from Accessories that was available in my local branch for £14.00 for £3.00 at the outlet store! My sister on a previous visit found some FCUK jeans for £5 that were priced at around the £60 mark in normal stores. Some of the prices are still very expensive though, as you would expect from designer labels. I saw a beautiful jacket priced at £160 discounted which to my mind was still very expensive (I remember saying 'I thought this was an outlet centre!?' to the shop assistant). Overall I enjoyed my visit, although I didn't buy a lot. It's somewhere that is worth visiting from time to time as the products change frequently and if you like your designer goods there are some bargains to be had. If you're contemplating doing your Christmas shopping this may be somewhere worth a visit as you could potentially save loads. More information can be found at their website:
This outlet is located in Bicester, a couple of miles off the M40 and very easy to get to by car, but not quite so by public transport - train to Bicester North via Chiltern Lines and then a bus connects you. There is a lot of parking, but beware that on busy bank holiday weekends even that gets very full. The village has a ton of shops, but mostly high end outlets such as Monsoon, Jigsaw, Jimmy Choo, Bally, Churchs Shoes, MaxMara etc, and very few high street stores, so although you will save money you'll end up spending big. The village is set around one main 'high street' and a few smaller side streets of shops. There are a couple of food outlets, with Pret a Manger the main one - hence why it is usually mobbed in there. Great place to grab a bargain, however it is outdoors so be prepared if the weather is cold or raining as you dash from store to store.