Who would think there was such a beautiful place to visit in rural London called Bicester Village ? This is a non-sponsored post and I just wanted to share my experience here. If you love outlet shopping at great discounts, then this the place for you. This shopping haven is really easy to get to. Just hop on the Chiltern railway line from Marylebone station and it takes you directly to Bicester Village in 45 mins. If you are a stellar trip planner (which I am clearly not) , you can even book the Shopping Express Coach via Trip Advisor a few days in advance on the Bicester Village’s website, which takes you directly to Bicester Village from several London hotspots. For the free and easy traveller, I highly suggest the train as it is so flexible and easy!
Entrance of Bicester Village
Bag: Gucci Soho Disco
Shoes: Adidas Superstar
Jacket : Zara (old) similar link
Sunnies: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength
I would recommend getting a map to plan your day at the reception desk as they are so many stores to visit. Try to narrow down the stores you want to visit first as the crowd will start rolling in after midday. My very first stop was Lululemon, which is situated right at the entrance of Bicester Village on the left . The discounts in there were unreal as they were almost 50-70 % off. I did feature one of my hauls which is the Power Pose Tank Light Support on my instagram feed, which I have inserted down below. I find it so versatile for both sportswear and comfy enough as travel-wear!
Top : Lululemon Power Pose Tank Light Support
Skirt : Zara Pleated Satin Skirt
Beautiful Summer Day At Bicester Village
How cool is this phone booth!
Apart from shopping there are many cafes and restaurants around where you can take a break and put up your tired feet. One of my favourites to snack on are the sweet and savoury crepes from CRÊPERIE ANGÉLIE.
Having a cuppa at Le Pain Quotidien
Other stores I visited were Stuart Weitzman, Valentino, Acne, Ted Baker , Celine , Kate Spade, Karen Millen and many more. You just have to be selective and go there with an open mind. I do find that the Factory Outlets in America and Hawaii actually do better discounts for American brands such as Coach, Kate Spade and Furla – just another tip!
Polo Ralph Lauren
I totally lucked out at my last stop at Burberry. Managed to score a trench coat (Crombrook : discontinued line ) that is so similar to the Kensington style that I wanted. It was approximately $800 (AUD) after VAT return and the 30 % discount . I will be doing a review on this trench coat on my fashion feature very soon.. so stay tuned!
How to claim VAT for tourists
For non- EU travellers, make sure you keep your receipts and lodge a VAT return if you have a minimum spend above 75 pounds. My biggest tip is fill out those forms as early as you can to avoid the long queue. The VAT office is situated behind the Pret-a-Manger store exit, turn to your left as you walk out. As you leave London/any EU airport , do not forget to lodge your VAT forms at customs. All your efforts will be wasted if you don’t do so as they can take back the money you have saved from VAT.
Goodbye Bicester and thank you for such an enjoyable day. I will be back during my next trip to London for sure !
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