First and foremost, any visitor to the UK could not help but be impressed with the sheer range of retail outlets that exist in all towns and cities across the country. Admittedly though, if you ask any British citizen, they will all tell you that the majority of the High streets are very generic; all offering the same named brands and stores.
To find retail units that are more unique and specialised, your best bet is to head to the more ‘touristy’ towns. This definitely includes the quaint university and most famous cathedral cities where there are side streets crammed full of completely independent retailers selling their wares.
With so many ubiquitous names on the average high street, the UK shopping scene has often been described as cloned. However, this does provide a sense of familiarity and at least a Brit will always know where they are and which stores they can rely upon. Some good examples of the types of retail units that you can expect to find in any central business district include:
Department Stores: The old fashioned ‘Grace Brothers’ image of the traditional British Department store has somewhat evolved over the years, in an attempt to appeal to the more contemporary customer. That said, you may still stumble across such a relic to the past.
Today though, department stores really do make every effort to keep the fashions on sale up-to-date and as close to the catwalks as possible. Best of all, these price tags are considerably lower than what you could expect to pay through a major fashion house. The stores also sell every other conceivable item: from bedding and soft furnishings, to three piece suites and even food halls.