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!