Let Virgin Trains East Coast trains whisk you off for some retail therapy. We can drop you off in the heart of cities from London to Glasgow and our luggage racks are made for bulging bags.
After a weekend of pounding the streets and browsing shelves, you can relax in our comfortable seats while we deliver you safely home.
Virgin Trains East Coast trains to London’s Kings Cross station drop you right in the centre of a dazzling array of shopping options. Oxford Street is a hub for department stores like Selfridges and John Lewis, and you might lose your friends over four glorious floors of fashion in the iconic flagship Topshop.
Give in to a different level of temptation on Bond Street, where big spenders browse Tiffany’s exclusive jewellery or the world famous couture of Chanel. Treat the kids at Hamleys, a temple of toys spread over seven floors in nearby Regent Street.
At the other end of our line, Glasgow is not to be outdone in the labels stakes. Just a short walk from our terminus at Glasgow Central station lie Argyll, Buchanan and Sauchiehall streets, forming the Z-shaped, pedestrianised ‘Style Mile’. Look out for the UK’s first Versace store and customised furniture at local specialists BoConcept.
For a more unusual shopping experience, wander over to the east of the city and bargain with local traders at the flea-market-style stalls of the weekend Barras market. Rustle up a diamond in the rough among the ‘antiques’ available at “two for a poond”.
Newcastle’s converted Victorian Biscuit Factory is filled with studios and gallery space selling original contemporary art catering for all tastes and budgets. The warren-like Attica vintage store in Old George Yard has been supplying independent-spirited denizens with weird and wonderful clothing (and highly kitsch Bakelite home ware) for a generation.
For high street brands, look no further than the enormous Eldon Square shopping centre in the heart of town, with branches of Hugo Boss, Apple and Benefit.
Leeds is known as the ‘Knightsbridge of the North’ with good reason. Step out of the train station after a journey with Virgin Trains East Coast and within moments you can pick up exclusive toiletries in Molton Brown or quirky and colourful jewellery in Foli Follie.
Search for bargains beneath the vaulted glass roof of the label-filled Victoria Quarter, or delve into the unique collections of the Corn Exchange, a renovated market hall, with balconies lined by one-off boutiques selling original fashion.