Oxfordshire: home to one of the world’s oldest and leading universities, rolling countryside, stately homes and picturesque Cotswolds villages. If you’re travelling from Europe or beyond, we highly recommend combining a trip to Oxford into any UK itinerary.
And did you know it’s home to world-class shopping? The Chic Outlet Shopping Bicester Village is the only boutique Village in England offering premium designer labels at incredible price reductions, all smothered in quintessentially English charm.
how to get there: helicopters, trains and classic cars
Nip out of London for an indulgent weekend in Oxfordshire: simple to reach and utterly gorgeous. Bicester Village can be reached in an hour by train from London, and thirty minutes in a bus can take you to Oxford city hassle-free.
Alternatively, when taking a helicopter means you can reach the heart of the county in just twenty minutes, it would almost be rude not to. We can arrange for you to fly out of London in style and collect a classic car (previously chosen by you from a selection of stunning retro engines) on landing to be yours for the weekend. Pulling up at a traditional country pub for your cosy roast dinner in a Jaguar E-Type convertible, you’ll really feel like you have stepped back in time.
Ideal for shopping fanatics, in the heart of the green county you’ll find Bicester Village, just twenty minutes from Oxford itself (and conveniently, right beside the heli landing pad). With over one hundred and thirty luxury designer boutiques offering price reductions by up to 60% off the recommended retail price, you won’t even think about heading back to London for that all-important retail therapy. The stylish main street of the Village is dotted with cafes and restaurants, perfect for re-fuelling between boutiques, relaxing to contemplate your next move and making your visit to Bicester Village an indulgent day out.
We love the super-stylish English boutiques here, such as Matthew Williamson and Temperley London, as well as handbag genius Anya Hindmarch. You’ll find these in between iconic international labels such as Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo: the ideal mix of local and global influences. Make the most of the exclusive added value from your VIP Card (complementary with this package), before nipping back to your luxury hotel.
Roll up to the contemporary, first-class Malmaison in Oxford, which is actually an ex-prison beautifully converted into a stylish boutique hotel. With 94 rooms converted from cells (some with their original bars), and a brasserie serving contemporary local cuisine, this is the ideal base for the shopping trip of a lifetime. Easily reachable from the Oxford Tube bus or train station, if you haven’t opted for your hire car, that is.
If you’re in the mood for some serious indulgence, we would also recommend Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons hotel in the nearby countryside. A gastronome’s delight, Raymond Blanc’s two Michelin-starred restaurant here serves modern French cuisine as you have never tasted before.
Silverstone race track is close by, where we can book you in for a spin in a Ferrari or Aston Martin, or you can take a privately guided tour of the majestic Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Explore beautifully kept gardens and lakes surrounding the historic house before driving through the scenic cobbled villages of the Cotswolds. This is scenery that has not changed for hundreds of years.
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