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Set over three cavernous floors, Primark Marble Arch opened in 2007, and offers 70, 000 sq ft of unbelievably cheap clothing and accessories. You get what you pay for in terms of shopping experience- the queues are long, the staff indifferent, the rails chaotic, and demand for changing rooms so high that people try on clothes on the shop floor. But there aren’t many shops where you can fill enormous paper bags full of clothes and leave with change from a £50 note. Jeans come for under a tenner, ballet pumps can set you back as little as £4. And with trends changing as fast as they do, many people have come round to the idea of fast fashion- wear a £10 dress one week, shove it in the bin the next. There’s little ‘special’ feeling engendered by a rail of one hundred of the same cheap dress, but the chain has cleaned up his ethical act of late, and we are reassured by industry insiders that Primark’s factories are squeaky clean. The clothing, accessories and footwear (for women, men and children) are definitely trend-led, and cover a range of brands, including Atmosphere, the Secret Possessions lingerie line, and Backswing, for sports clothing. Butlerandwebb, meanwhile, is the line for formal menswear. Look out for the cashmere sweaters- at around £30, you won’t find cheaper. Primark also does a line in products for the home which is available here in full; we advise going for the plain coloured options, and don’t expect any Egyptian cotton thread count.

Venue name: Primark
Address: 499-517 Oxford Street
Opening hours: Open 8.30am-9pm Mon-Fri; 8.30am-8pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch tube
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4.5 / 5

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I like this shop but you need to know what you’re getting in for…

Clothes are cool – so many different styles and options that you’re sure to find something that suits your mood and fancy. They also have a tremendous amount of basics that are always good to have in your closet. Prices are low (and I mean low!), so you can keep your credit card happy.

As for the quality, it varies. Be wary of shoes – they’re uncomfortable and do not last very long. But the rest is pretty good…

The real downside is the amount of people (especially on the weekend). Do not go there if you’re prone to panic attacks. As you might imagine, this means queues are boringly long, so, word of advice, buy anything you want, try it at home and return it later. I know it means you need to come back but it’ll prevent you from a seriously annoying long wait.


good quality fashionable clothes. Couldn't get to the changing rooms but returned the next day with no problems whatsoever.

Kate Rushton

Cheap and cheerful. Do not bother with the changing rooms though. Just return clothes the next day! This is my shop to go to if I am having a bad day. I know that it won't hit my credit card too much!!!