Hitchin, Harpenden and St Albans are each rewarding and refreshingly different shopping destinations, where specialty boutiques and independent retailers rub shoulders with major stores and international names.
Welwyn Garden City’s Howard Centre is home to high street favourites John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. Hatfield Galleria, 6 miles down the A1(M), is regarded as one of the best outlet centres in the South East of England. Over 80 designer outlets can be found here from well-known brands such as French Connection, Jaeger, Gant, Austen Reed and Ghost.
With fast trains into London in less than half an hour, the delights of spectacularly cultural London are within easy reach. Head for the famed Covent Garden or West End, where Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street lure the world’s most discerning shoppers. Grab tickets to the theatre or visit world famous institutions such as the National Gallery and the British Museum.
Visit Mayfair or Piccadilly for fine dining. Or choose the exciting cultural quarter of Southwark and the South Bank, full of galleries, restaurants and riverside bars, and infamous attractions such as Tate Modern and the London Eye. Chelsea’s luxury designer shopping is also in easy reach. Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren and Valentino to name but a small few. The possibilities are endless.