It would be easy to assume that the best shopping that the UK has to offer is to be found in London, however there are many other cities offering a great shopping experience and providing a good variety of retailers, meaning that there should be something to suit everyone. Here are five of the best shopping cities around the UK.
Glasgow offers the best shopping to be found in Scotland. The city has several covered shopping centres, as well as arcades and markets if you are looking for something different to buy and somewhere different to shop.
The most recent addition to Glasgow's shopping experience is the Buchanan Galleries, which has many high street brands such as Next and John Lewis. This is a good addition to the St Enoch and Sauchiehall Street Shopping Centres and means that Glasgow has all the major high street retailers.
If you are looking for designer goods, then head to Princes Square, home to a number of designer outlets such as Kurt Geiger and Vivienne Westwood, or to Merchant Square Indoor Shopping for arts and crafts purchases. Alternatively, historic arcades such as the Argyll Arcade make Glasgow a unique shopping experience.
If it is high end designer goods you are looking for, then Cavern Walks is home to shops such as Cricket, a favourite with local celebrities. Other designer names such as Jo Malone and Tommy Hilfiger can be found in the Metquarter.
As well as traditional retail outlets, Liverpool also has places such as Lark Lane for street markets, as well as farmers' markets for food shopping and independent retailers.
Manchester now provides an eclectic mix of high street, designer and independent retailers, as well as a large number of department stores, all within walking distance of each other.
Manchester Arndale is Manchester's original shopping centre and is now home to high street retailers such as Topshop, Next and Apple. The city also now boasts Selfridges' department store as well as a large branch of Marks and Spencer and other department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser.
If you are looking for somewhere less 'high street' then the Corn Exchange has some more exclusive retailers, such as Jigsaw. However, for truly independent retailers, pay a visit to Afflecks, a shopping emporium offering a huge variety of vintage clothing and accessories.
Birmingham is now a shoppers' paradise. The refurbished Bullring shopping centre is home to over 160 retailers as well as branch of Selfridges, while the Mailbox has a branch of Harvey Nichols as well as designer retailers such as Hugo Boss and Armani. The Pallasades and Pavilions are both worth a visit if you are looking for some high street bargains.
For shopping away from the main centres, then try one of the three arcades that the city has to offer, including the Piccadilly Arcade for independent jewellers and the Burlington Arcade for designer fashion.
If you get tired of shopping undercover then visit Birmingham's shopping streets, including Corporation Street for House of Fraser and High Street for large branches of high street shops such as Boots and Waterstones.
Cardiff is the main shopping city in Wales and has a new shopping centre (St Davids - Dewi Sant) which is home to big names such as Apple, Hollister and Monsoon, as well as department stores such as John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. Other shopping centres in the city include the Capitol Shopping Centre and the Queen's Arcade.
The city has a total of six arcades, including the Duke Street Arcade, which has retailers selling vintage and craft items, as well as the Wyndham Arcade containing designer boutiques selling clothes and jewellery. In addition, there are shopping streets such as Queen Street for high street names and The Hayes, for designers such as Radley and Molton Brown.
As all of these cities prove, it is definitely possible to have a fantastic shopping experience outside of London, meaning you should make the most of regional shopping.