England's best outlet shops

Why pay more? Find the finest wares for less at these excellent factory outlets



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A visit may mean venturing beyond Oyster Card territory, but these bargain-filled outlet shops are sure to be worth the trip. Here's where to find London's favourite brands at the very lowest prices.


Mulberry Factory Shop

Nestled in the stunning Somerset countryside, the Mulberry factory shop sells a good selection of bags with 30-50 percent off regular shop prices. It’s divided into three sections: discontinued bags, factory specials (one-off styles you’ll only see in the factory shop) and seconds (bags that didn’t quite make the mark). You’ll still need a few bucks in the bank: the cheapest handbag currently in store is the ‘Mitsy’ at £325. They appropriately have a good range of the popular ‘Somerset’ style.

  1. The Old School House, Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5NF
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Aquascutum Factory Shop

Possibly London’s best designer outlet, the new Aquascutum shop is full of brilliant buys. Head here for sharp suits, classics macs and perfect knits at up to 30 percent off – a luxury cardigan in soft grey cashmere is just £70. You’ll even find a good selection of accessories and golf gear. The store is laid out like a large and slightly less fancy Aquascutum mainline store, so you enjoy all the perks of a princely browsing experience – orderly displays, lots of sizes, comfortable changing rooms – but with far more palatable price tags.

  1. 7-8 Chatham Place, E9 6LT
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Dr Martens Doc Shop

The makers of the classic bovver boot sell out-of-season stock and factory seconds at their shop – current styles include patent leather and floral print styles, and silver-and-white brogues. Clothing and accessories will be arriving soon. Expect to pay £25-£35 per pair instead of the usual £90-plus. Stay at The Legacy Lime Trees Hotel, cheap, clean and smack bang in the middle of Northampton town.

  1. 71 High St, NN29 7SW
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Clarks Village

This popular Somerset shopping spot, a short drive from the Mulberry factory shop, above, has a Clarks outlet as well as over 90 other high street and designer brands with discounts of up to around 60 percent. Labels include Loake shoes for men, Adidas trainers, Levi’s, Osprey London, Jaeger, Whistles and Joules as well as discounted homeware from classic brands like Denby, Le Creuset  and Wedgwood. Stay at Clanville Manor, a pretty country B&B and self-catering from £45 per night.

  1. Farm Road, Street, BA16 0BB
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John Smedley Mill Shop

The historic mill belonging to this 200-year-old company nestles in the heart of the lush Derbyshire countryside. The adjoining factory shop stocks a good range of knits at up to 60 percent off. Expect to pay £35 for a slightly imperfect sweater. Stay at The Red Lion, a smart B&B in the historic Peak District town of Matlock. Rooms from £45.

  1. Lea Mills, Lea Bridge, DE4 5AG
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In need of some new huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ gear? Or left your jacket in the Shacklewell Arms? Head to Tyne and Wear were you can enjoy discounts from 30-70 percent off at Barbour’s large factory shop. Current bargains – out of season and discontinued stock – include classic waxed numbers from just £99 instead of the usual £200 and up. Stay at the Sir William Fox Hotel, an elegant townhouse with rooms from £35

  1. Monks Way, Bede Trading Estate, NE32 3HL
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Bicester Village

This attractive, open-air discount hamlet, nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside and only about an hour’s drive from London, is a magnet to shoppers from across the globe. The draw? A raft of luxury labels – including Paul Smith, Burberry, Diane von Fürstenberg and Vivienne Westwood at vastly discounted prices. Lulu Guinness is the latest pop-up (until May 12 2013), with the designer’s iconic bags at 30 percent off. Hip French label Sandro is due to open on April 16, selling one-year-old stock (spring/summer 2012) at 40 percent off, while the British Designer Collective, now in its fourth year, arrives on May 2. Stay at The Bell at Hampton Poyle, a handsome, cosily furnished boutique hotel with excellent pizzas and 'l'Occitane miniatures in the bathrooms.

  1. 50 Pingle Drive, OX26 6WD
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Burberry Factory Shop

This warehouse space showcases seconds and excess stock reduced by 50% or more. Classic men’s macs can be had for around £199 or less.

  1. 29-31 Chatham Place, E9 6LP
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Pringle of Scotland

The heritage fashion and accessories brand has set up shop in former sports pub the Duke of Wellington, and made it a real destination for luxury knitwear and beautiful leather goods. Bag a cashmere sweater from the fabulous Alistair Carr-designed range for £50 to £225, or a statement clutch bag for £95, while well-made polo shirts are two for £60. Come on Wednesdays: that’s delivery day.

  1. 86 Morning Lane, E9 6NA
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