Two weeks ago, a friend and I decided to visit the fabulous Bicester Village which is located in the town of Bicester.
Bicester Village is a Outlet Shopping Centre located on the outskirts of Bicester, Oxforshire. It’s a bargain shoppers paradise! Somewhere I have luckily visited on quite a few occasions over the years. I have traveled there by car before but this was the first time I have taken the train. You can travel there by coach, which is supposed to be fairly easy but coaches take me back to my uni years and taking the National Express buses. And one particular journey, where I sat next to a man who was blindingly drunk (he had a bottle of some sort of liquor in the pocket on the seat in front of him), kept muttering about demons and the afterlife, then halfway through the journey, wet himself! After that hideous journey, I decided to get a job as a cocktail waitress at a fancy bar in Leeds, to pay for future train travel back home instead. That was the last coach journey I ever took. Anyway, back to the subject at hand, our wonderful day at Bicester Village. We got the Chiltern Rail Line straight to Biscester direct from Marylebone Station, London. It was a fun, gossip filled 45 minutes, we sipped our almond milk cappuccinos and chatted about everything and nothing, all at the same time.
Once we arrived at Bicester, we walked out of the train down to the shopping village. The pretty little village has an array of high end, luxury discount stores from YSL to Dior, Gucci to Burberry and many more in-between. My favourite stores being Dior and Celine. I purchased a black floral scarf from Dior on a previous visit. Also a pair of gold and beige Aviator style sunglasses and a All-Soft bag both from Celine.
The discounts vary in every store but some items can be discounted by as much as 30%-70% off. You can sometimes get lucky and find a virtually new season item to purchase for an amazing price. My Best Buy is still my Celine All-Soft bag which I purchased for 50% off retail. I also love the cosmetic company, they sell Jo Malone candles and perfumes as much as 30-50% off. I purchased a Tomford Black Orchid perfume from there for 60% off retail on another previous visit. One of my favourite jewellery brands Annoushka, has a outlet shop there and I am guaranteed to pop in during each and every visit. The prices are fantastic, I purchased a pretty diamond thumb ring from there last year.
There are also many restaurants and cafes, scattered up and down the quaint village walk. Itsu to pizza stalls and my favourite the pancake stall. Who can say no to Belgium chocolate pancakes, not me! This visit we ate at the Secret Garden Restaurant the macaroni and cheese was magic but the vegetable curry was only okay, not saucy enough for us 😉
It wasn’t busy at all on that Thursday afternoon, there were no queue’s to get into any boutiques and all the shops had very good stock choices with lots of size options. From experience, I would recommend visiting during the week as opposed to the weekend. But if weekends are the only time you can visit then try and get there in the morning.
We finished up a fabulous afternoon enjoying devilishly creamy hot chocolates on the train back to Marylebone. Both train journeys were effortless and if you plan your travel times in advance then you shouldn’t have to wait long for a train. We had no problems finding a seat and the trains were very clean.
Bicester Village is a fabulous place to visit if you want to find a few seasons old designer treasure. You can get incredibly lucky and find an item you missed out on the first time around. But you do have to wade through a lot of questionable pieces to find that hidden gem. Another tip would be if you are looking for a specific item you can call any of the boutiques directly to ask on its availability.
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