Five great Christmas shopping districts in London, Bristol and beyond

If you’re looking to buy an extra-special present for a loved one this Christmas, these five shopping destinations will help inspire you. Save yourself some pennies when you book GWR train tickets in advance and indulge in the ultimate shopping spree.


Avoid Oxford Street and head to Spitalfields Market in East London, which is one of the oldest markets in the capital. Open seven days a week, you can expect plenty of crowds at this unique shopping destination, especially on the weekend – patience is key! Discover an incredible array of independent traders and stalls selling everything from jewellery to handmade crafts, original artwork to cutting edge fashion and so much more.

The Lanes and North Laine

Brighton is brimming with independent shops full of quirky curiosities and thoughtful gifts. Make your way to The Lanes or North Laine and discover a haven of boutiques such as Snoopers Paradise (retro paraphernalia), iO Gallery (ceramics, glasswork, prints, jewellery) and Pecksniffs (fine fragrances) to name a few.

The Homend Shopping Mall

The picturesque market town of Ledbury is best known for its famous poetry festival held each July. But as well as attracting literary lovers, Ledbury offers shoppers many intriguing galleries, cafes, gift shops and eateries to explore. The Homend Shopping Mall on the High Street is a fine example of a thriving independent retailer, which boasts a furniture shop full of fascinating antique treasures, a bookshop, sewing room, children’s clothes shop and more.


The stylish area of Montpellier in Cheltenham is the perfect place to shop if you’re looking to treat yourself or a loved one. Not only does it ooze regency elegance but its home to a number of must-visit retailers including James of Montpellier (menswear), Pink Vintage (home interiors and cakes) and August Moon tea (artisan teas and gifts).

Clifton Arcade

Discover 17 delightful shops in Clifton Village’s wonderful shopping arcade, which houses some of Bristol’s quirkiest retailers. From thoughtful cards to prints and paintings, and from dazzling jewellery to home accessories, the only issue you’ll have is buying too much for yourself and not enough for others.