About an hour from London by train is Bicester Village, one of the country’s premium outlet shopping destinations. We turned up, Sony Vaio at the ready, to discover it’s called a village for a reason! The whole place is set out like a toy town, with brands like Dior, Jimmy Choo, Versace and Mulberry nestled in cottage-like buildings along cobbled streets next to high street names like Monsoon, Karen Millen, Coast and French Connection.


It was our first time at Bicester, so after blowing a kiss at the bear statue (!) we were keen to suss out what the discounts were like. As it’s an outlet village, you can expect savings of up to 70% but that does mean a lot of the stock is past season. Still, with timeless brands like Celine, Anya Hindmarch and Tod’s choosing to sell off their old stock there, Bicester is all about getting cheap classics!

12.30: Party dresses and pretty tops in Coast
1.30: Fab shoes and gold tops in Paul Smith
2pm: Cooing over the leopard print shoes at LK Bennett
3.30pm: Bargain winter stuff at French Connection
4.40pm: Bicester - the video!
5pm: Trying on gorgeous coats at Burberry