Top 50 Boutique Hotels

Exploring the best shopping spots across the UK

Why not team up your next shopping trip in the UK’s best cities with some of the best stays available too

By Charli Tomney | 27/03/2024

From the bustling streets of London to the charming lanes of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom boasts a vibrant shopping scene that caters to every taste. Make the most of your next city venture and turn it into an extended stay at some of the best boutique hotels on offer.

Whether you're seeking designer boutiques, vintage treasures, or local markets brimming with delights, the UK offers an array of shopping destinations that promise an unforgettable retail experience.

Oxford Street, London 

London is a shopper's paradise, boasting over 300 shops along the mile-long stretch of Oxford Street alone. From luxury brands to high-street favourites, there's something for everyone. Flagship stores cater to fashion enthusiasts, while others offer the latest trends at accessible prices.

Beyond fashion, Oxford Street features specialty shops for beauty, technology, homeware, and more. Visitors can also enjoy historic architecture, fantastic dining options, and a vibrant atmosphere.

With so many shops on offer you couldn’t possibly explore them all in one day so why not make a weekend of it.

The Mandrake offers visitors arty luxury in the heart of Fitzrovia which is just an 8-minute walk from the vibrant Oxford Street. Enjoy a spiritual wellbeing treatment after a long day of exploring or finish your day off with a drink in the opulent bar, you might even spot a celebrity.

A little further afield around 20 minutes away is The NoMad, situated in what was previously the Bow Street Magistrates Court and police station. 91 luxurious rooms are on offer for weary but stylish travellers as well as 2 on-site award-winning bars to top off your trip.

Hop on the tube from The Henrietta and explore everything Oxford Circus has to offer or make the most of what’s on your doorstep in Covent Garden with an array of bars, markets, theatres and more on offer.

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Bicester Village, Oxfordshire

Offering a premium shopping experience with over 160 luxury boutiques, Bicester Village is best known for its discounts on designer brands. Situated just outside London, it's a haven for fashion enthusiasts seeking high-end labels at reduced prices. With its charming open-air setting and convenient transportation options, it's a must-visit destination for savvy shoppers.

When shopping for luxury items it only seems right to also indulge in an equally extravagant stay. Le Manoir aux Quat'saisons is less than a 25-minute drive away from the designer haven and boasts a 2 Michelin Starred restaurant head up by none other than Raymond Blanc OBE. Wine and dine with some of the best food the area has to offer after a long day of bargain hunting.

A little further afield, around 30 minutes away, is Estelle Manor, well worth the journey, the Grade-II listed building is set within 60 acres of breathtaking Oxfordshire greenery. Explore the grounds on your visit or make the most of the amenities including the Brasserie, traditional Chinese restaurant, billiards room and Glasshouse.

Edinburgh, Scotland

From the historic Royal Mile to the modern elegance of Multrees Walk, Edinburgh's shopping scene is a fusion of tradition and trend. From unique boutiques, department stores, and bustling markets, visitors can explore an array of Scottish delights.

After rummaging through stalls at the markets or dipping in and out of the hundreds of shops, why not rest your head at the exuberant House of Gods, conveniently located a mere 4-minute walk from the Royal Mile. Dive into the VIP package and enjoy life like a celebrity with prosecco on arrival, a decorated room, luxury chocolates, a cocktail bar tab to be enjoyed in Lilith’s Lounge, plus breakfast and treats to your room.

Bristol/Bath, Somerset

The southwest is awash with great shopping including Cabot Circus in Bristol and SouthGate in Bath. In Bristol, explore the vibrant harbourside area with its independent boutiques and eclectic markets. Bath's elegant streets boast luxury brands alongside artisanal shops, all set against a backdrop of Georgian architecture. From unique finds to high-end fashion, both cities promise a delightful shopping excursion infused with cultural richness and modern sophistication. 

Just behind Bristol’s shopping haven is Artist Residence, where each room is individually designed, peppered with limited edition art prints and vintage and reclaimed furniture. The perfect location for shopping or exploring the local parks and sights such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

For those wanting a more historic trip, perhaps the limestone buildings of Bath are more to your taste. The Queensberry boasts a Michelin Star restaurant and in the heart of this gorgeous English city. 29 individually designed rooms are available for you to rest your head in after a long day of walking and spending.