Yay! London was today named best European city for shopping in the Globe Shopper City Index. Beating off stiff competition from the likes of Paris, Milan and Barcelona, London has come in as the number one destination choice for those of you who love to shop!
10 unusual facts about shopping in Britain:
- London’s Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe.
- London’s Selfridges is home to the largest shoe department in the world!
- The Northern Quarter shopping district in Manchester is on a tentative list of nominated sites for UNESCO World Heritage Site Status.
- It takes over 12,000 light bulbs to illuminate the famous facade of Harrods department store in London! (pictured above)
- The small village of Hay-on-Wye in Wales is home to 40 second-hand bookshops and the largest collection of antique books in Europe.
- A number of shops around Wales stock Clogau Gold, which comes from Snowdonia and one of the rarest in the world. Will and Kate’s royal wedding rings are made from Clogau Gold.
- The design of Birmingham’s iconic Selfridges chain-mail building was inspired by the metal fabrics devised by fashion designer Paco Rabanne (pictured below).
- The new Liverpool ONE shopping and leisure complex is the largest open-air shopping centre in the UK and 10th largest in the world.
- Glasgow in Scotland is home to the famous Style Mile and is considered Britain’s second most important shopping city after London.
- The new Westfield shopping centre in Stratford (East London) near the Olympic Park is home to around 300 shops – that’s the same as the entire length of Oxford Street under one roof!
Globe Shopper City Index is a produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by shopping and spending experts Global Blue.