A mecca of brands at outlet prices, a couple of nice restaurants and hordes of tourists and professional buyers, often with babies and kids various ages. Paradise for shoppers but quite predictable, Bicester Village is not necessarily a favourite with the little people. Playground is rather small and with limited options, so from experience, better make it quick and efficient, as after an hour by car from London, little people patience will be limited.
Depending on what you’re after, target shop. My favourites most of the time are Armani, Burberry, CK, Cocinelle, Ralph Lauren, Alexander Mcqueen, Chloe, Dkny, Dior, Karen Millen, Kate Spade, Kooples, Ferragamo, Missoni, Paul Smith, Ted Baker, Tory Burch. Not hard to guess, no Chanel in here.
Some nice lunch options at Villandry or more casual Busaba Eathai.
But even better; how about another short trip so little one could eventually run around and you parents change the busy shopping scene?
Waterperry gardens – 25min by car from Bicester village & on the way back to London. Beautiful English gardens, pond, apple and pear orchard, rural landscapes, Thames close by. Enchanting afternoon or mid morning, a cafe and a Georgian manor.
Le Manoir aux Quatres Saisons – also 25min by car from Bicester village & on the way back to London. A culinary institution and old fashion property delight next to Oxford. Lunch is warmly recommended and so is booking in advance. Whilst visiting with a recently weaned baby, Raymond Blanc team enchanted the palate with mango puree and our eyes delighted with these sorbets.
For the explorer gourmet there’s also a herb garden, mushroom valley, cloche tunnels, Japanese tea garden, apple and plum orchard. In case Bicester village trip requires a special celebration, this surely ticks the right boxes.