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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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Last Friday I hopped on the tube and travelled to Marylebone station in London to board a train to a little place in Oxfordshire called Bicester Village. I'd never been before and have heard lots of great things so I jumped at the chance to visit! I travelled there from London with Chiltern Railways, I ordered online in advance and collected the tickets with my debit card at the pickup point at the station which was fuss-free and super quick. The journey itself was lovely and quiet, a far cry from my usual adventures on the underground. I'll take plug sockets and free wifi over awkwardly staring at a map just to avoid eye contact with strangers any day of the week. I was at Bicester North in under an hour - but if you're going, buy a ticket to Bicester Village as it includes the shuttle bus.

The weather was perfect for the surroundings on the day - as I stepped off the bus it felt like I'd walked onto a quaint little film set! All the shops are in different buildings which really does make it look like an old fashioned village, so cute and lovely to walk around compared to your run of the mill shopping centre. After a quick browse I headed up to the VIP lounge for a natter over a drink and was then spoiled in the restaurant downstairs, the Villandry Grand Café. Everything was super yummy and the staff were amazingly attentive, very fairly priced too. Highly recommend!

Onto the main event - the shopping! I didn't buy that much in all honesty (~haul~ can be saved for another day if anyone's interested!) but I really enjoyed looking around everywhere. The Cath Kidston store is amazing, lovely and spacious compared to the Covent Garden shop where I always get fed up being sandwiched in between tourists. I loved pouring over all the accessories in Fendi, Marni, Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson, to name but a few. I spent ages looking at the charms in Juicy Couture and may or may not be planning my next trip already to buy a couple.. also how cute is the little Havaianas pop-up hut for the summer?! If only those Batman ones came in an adults size 5! Another plus for me was the topiary shapes dotted around the village. Seriously Alice in Wonderland!

Have you ever been to Bicester Village? Are you tempted after reading about my day there? Let me hear your thoughts!

44 comment(s):

  1. Ah I have been wanting to go since it opened! Sounds like quite a good day out at least!

    http://deonnep.blogspot.co.uk/
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  2. I need to have a visit here soon, but think I'll wait til I have some cash to splash! xo

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  3. my boyfriend has a store in bicester village and im yet to go there which is shameful as we've been dating for 6 months!!
    i've heard great things about it though and after reading your post, im going to demand he take me for a little trip around so i can have a peruse!
    love love love your pictures :)
    great post as always honey x

    hannahhindmarsh.blogspot.com

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  4. It's on my hit list of destinations to visit very soon! I've heard so many good things and if the Duchess of Cambridge can shop there than so can I! Love it when shops aren't packed with Tourists - makes shopping so stressful when they are!

    Great post!

    Helen xxx

    beautifullysuperfluous.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I love the sound of that! would love to go some time, i hate overly crowded places so this sounds lovely!

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  6. I love Bicester village! I always wish i could afford all the designer goodies! x

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  7. I've been to Bicester, only a 45 minute drive for me! The mulberry store is my absolute favourite, definitely want to pay another visit soon! :) xo

    iamlaurenpotts.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Ooh nice post! I've never been to Bicester before, the Cath Kidston shop looks amaaazing!

    I miss your outfit posts!

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  9. Ahh I love Bicester Village, hopeing to go again next week :D

    http://sophiameola.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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  10. I live in Bicester but typically, as I live here, I barely ever take a trip to the Village, unless to get my Starbucks fix. Tons of my friends work in the Village though! xxx

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  11. Some gorgeous photos there! loving the baskets and Cath Kidston bags!! so cute!!

    just posted on my blog www.maryjanett.blogspot.com

    about finding things for my room at uni! Also an OOTD!! Check it out please?

    Mj
    xxx

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  12. I lived in Bicester before I got into beauty and fashion! Shame, I really want to go back and visit friends for a chance to go there! My first ever date was sushi in Bicester Village! Memories!
    xo

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  13. I love Bicester village. I always spend too much money when I go. I need to try and steer clear of the Mulberry shop otherwise I will be bankrupt! x
    https://allthingsbeautymake-upandshopping.blogspot.com

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  14. I definitely need another trip there soon. I could live in Juicy Couture <3

    LittleGlitter.org

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  15. Sounds so lovely, I'm dying to go there!
    www.daisycakes-daisycakes.blogspot.co.uk xxx

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  16. Glad you had fun :) I've not been to Bicester village in years, which is silly because I live very close! I must take a trip soon x
    Sirens and Bells

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  17. I have a friend who worked there, she picked up some amazing stuff at seriously discounted prices! I'd really like to go, just for a nosy around more than anything! x

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  18. cute pictures xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I only live 15 minutes away from Bicester Village but I haven't been in about 4 years... typical! x

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  20. I love cath kitson brand but is not available at my country.

    3lin

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  21. I’ve been wanting to go for a while now! I might have to go there soon too :)

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  22. I've been wanting to go for ages now, I'm just waiting until I've saved up quite a bit so I can just go crazy with the spending there.
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. I absolutely love Bicester Village! My boyfriend's mum goes like every month and brings us back treats so when we finally went I was in heaven. It is the cutest little place but I need to go back when I have the whole day free! xoxo

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  24. I been planning to go there for ever, I finally need to pay it a trip. I'm in love with your photos. x

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  25. Sounds like the perfect place really. Definitely plan on paying a visit!

    viedelara.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Definitely do a haul post!! :o)

    http://sweetiesal.blogspot.com

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  27. I've been wanting to go for a while now, especially for the Cath Kidston store as I've heard such great things about it. This post has just confirmed it and made me want to go even more! Definitely do a haul of what you brought!! :) xo

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  28. I really like it, it's not too far from where I live and they always have nice things :) just never go there with enough money! Lovely day out :) xoxo

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  29. Hi Emma,

    You are making very jealous with those beautiful, beautiful clothes and food! Mmmmm.. <3

    Love Joyce

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  30. Where are your brown pumps from?? (The ones you're wearing on the train??) They're gorgeous!! x

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  31. I've been a couple of times and found my Mulberry bayswater there! I'm definitely going to go before Christmas to buy some presents for people! xx

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  32. I never really adventured far outside of London when I lived there for a term, but you’ve definitely inspired me to when I go back! Looks like such a cute area. Love this post!

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  33. Hey!
    Love your blog :) - Hope you will check mine out

    www.thejewelbeauty.blogspot.com

    - Beauty - Lifestyle - Fashion - Handbags

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  34. Have wanted to visit here for ages! Will have to go take a look some time! xo
    styleoverflows.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I live in kidlington which is about 10 minutes from Bicester and my sister used to work in Tommy Hilfiger there. Although Im more of a charity shop/primark girl than highend designer, the village itself is very pretty and you can spend all day browsing the cute shops!

    withkittyinmind.blogspot.com xxx

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  36. I LOVE your blog!!!!!!! xxxx

    http://sosweetlikecandy.blogspot.ie/

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  37. I really dislike bicester village, mainly because I hate brands! :D

    rebecca x
    scatterrbrained.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. I love Bicester! I've not been for absolutely ages, mostly because I always want to spend waaay too much! x

    http://that-bird.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. love these types of posts :) I love those shoes you ahve on on the train too! x

    www.kikikeeeks.blogspot.com

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  40. I went last summer with my sister in law, lots of lovely shops there, I pickede up a few things but didn't go too mad! Loved the RL shop!

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  41. i so need to visit here! xxx

    http://www.unnakednails.com/

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  42. I treat my visits to Bicester as a sort of periodic pilgrimage, I've been going for about 6 years and have grown very attached to the place. I have seen it grow in size, I love the pret there, Hugo Boss has a great store there. Every so often I get itchy feet and I HAVE to go. I count the roundabouts on the way, there are 11 in all they're building a housing estate walking distance from there I'm not telling my family but I'm secretly squirelling away money for a deposit on one of the houses so we can move to Bicester. ..

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  43. has anyone work in BiC Village? How work is there? which shop is good to work for?
    Thanks x

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