The Best Shopping Destinations In The Uk
UK’s John Lewis to launch loyalty card with free tea and cake
While in the area, you might as well check out Berwick Street and St Christophers Place. Westfield London The Westfield is more than a shopping centre. It is also a great place to meet up with friends for tea, lunch or dinner aside from being an excellent place to shop. It is one of the largest urban shopping destinations in Europe filled with high-end products from House of Fraser, Jimmy Choo, Marks & Spencer, Louis Vuitton, and Debenhams. It has a cinema, bars, and a gym on site. Covent Garden – If you want an interesting and exciting shopping experience, consider visiting Covent Garden. This shopping venue is for those looking for something hip and unique where you can find uncommon gifts, hard to find confectioneries, imaginative artwork, handmade jewellery, and funky wardrobe items. Check out the Covent Garden Market for interesting crafts and artistic pieces. Notting Hill – Made famous in the movie with the same name, Notting Hill is the place to go for small knick knacks, unique presents, vintage clothing, hard to find books, organic food, and antiques. Art loving shoppers can browse through several art galleries in the vicinity. You and your shopping companions can relax after a day of shopping at one of the hip bars and restaurants in the area. Knightsbridge – If you are looking for high-end brands and the latest fashion, you might want to visit Brompton Road at Knightsbridge where you will find posh department stores like Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Harrods is the most popular department store in the UK.
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Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O’Reilly LONDON | Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:16pm BST LONDON (Reuters) – John Lewis, Britain’s biggest department store group, will this month launch a customer reward card, seeking to encourage loyalty and gather more data on its shoppers in exchange for benefits such as free tea and cake. The 149-year-old firm, whose worker co-ownership business model has been lauded by Prime Minister David Cameron, has traditionally been seen as a bellwether retailer but has been outperforming the wider retail market for about three years. Loyalty cards, pioneered by Tesco’s Clubcard two decades ago, are widespread throughout Britain’s retail sector as they allow store groups to garner information on shoppers’ likes and dislikes. But unlike schemes run by many other chains, the “my John Lewis” card will tailor rewards to customers’ interests, rather than points-based discounts in store. John Lewis has a longstanding price promise that it is “never knowingly undersold”. From October 30 customers will be able to use the cards in John Lewis’s 39 UK shops and online. Customer rewards will include free tea and cake in John Lewis’s restaurants each month, entry into regular prize draws every time they shop, invitations to exclusive local events, previews and other personalised incentives. “We consciously decided not to develop a scheme based on collecting points, and instead offer more immediate rewards, previews and events,” said Chris Bates, head of customer marketing. The John Lewis Partnership also owns upmarket grocer Waitrose. The “my John Lewis” launch follows the success of Waitrose’s “my Waitrose” loyalty card, launched in 2011, which, amongst other benefits, allows holders a daily free tea or coffee. (Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Mark Potter)