Want a bargain? Then head for London’s January sales where discounts of up to 50 or 60% are common for several weeks.
January is traditionally sale time in London (even though many of the sales start immediately after Christmas). Sales tend to continue through most of the month. Almost every store in London has a sale at some point during January. Starting dates can vary considerably, so it is worth going online and checking websites to find out exactly when a particular store begins its January sale. It is also advisable to book any of the hotels near Wembley Stadium in advance to secure the best rates.
When shopping in London during sale time, you should consider staying at one of the best hotels in North London, expect to find bigger than usual crowds. Areas such as Kensington, Oxford Street and the West End are particularly popular with bargain hunters which will increase numbers travelling on the underground in those areas, as well as within the shopping streets. Queues can be very long on opening days, but even if you miss a specific start date, there will still be lots of bargains to available for days to come.
The Harrods sale has become iconic, especially among people wanting specific types of ceramics and crockery or simply to take advantage of big name discounts on specific items. Sometimes people are so keen to buy a particular bargain that they actually sleep outside the store for several days, just to make sure they are first in line when the doors eventually open at the start of the sale. Long queues invariably form just before opening – some people start queuing at 4am in the morning. You can expect to find sizeable discounts in every department within the store, especially in fashion, jewellery and housewares.
Oxford Street is a paradise for bargain hunters. This is where you can find stores like Selfridges, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer as well as countless high street stores. Nearby Regent Street, Bond Street and Piccadilly are home to top stores like Burberry, Fortnum & Mason, Hamleys, Penhaligons, Mappin & Webb and Liberty. Regent Street alone contains over 75 international flagship stores, all of which will have some kind of sale during the January. Bargains can be found in every type of merchandise you can name, all you have to do is search them out.
Well known high street brands such as Zara, Marks & Spencer have stores in most of the high streets around London, as well as big shopping centres such as Westfield. These can be useful alternative destinations if you are seeking a specific item and cannot find it in a central London branch. Check up other branches and see whether they have it available. All the potential shopping areas are quickly accessible via London Underground.
So, book a stay at Best Western Palm Hotel and start your winter shopping!