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British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
Types of Shopes and Stores

Shopping Hours | Most Popular Shops


Coffee shop

Department Stores

Department stores are large retail stores. They sell a variety of good and services.

  • Marks & Spencer (for clothes and food)
  • Debenhams and John Lewis and British Home Stores (for clothes and household items),
  • Boots (for toiletries)
  • WHSmith (newsagents, stationers, Cds and DVDs).
  • Debenhams
  • John Lewis
  • Allders Department Store
  • Woolworths
  • Boots
  • House of Fraser
  • Argos
  • Liberty's department store
  • Harrods in London - the famous department store that every tourist wants to visit. You can find anything from the cheapest to the most expensive things.

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Greengrocers sell fruit and vegetables

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General Stores sell a variety of good for the home

Shopping Centre / Mall

Shopping centres have a variety of shops under one roof. They will have an eating area with fast foods and sit down menus, parking area and often a cinema (movie house).

Bluewater Shopping Centre
Bluewater Shopping Centre

Bluewater is the largest out of town shopping development in Europe, located in a disused chalk pit at Dartford in Kent. With more than 300 shops and parking for 13,000 cars, it attracts around 30 million visitors each year.

Corner Shop

A corner shop is a small shop near houses. It has a limited variety of food but often has long opening hours.


Supermarkets are large self-service shops selling mainly food. Large supermarkets also sell household goods.

Main Supermarkers are:

Charity Shop

Charity shops sell goods (clothes, books and small household items) that have been donated. The items are usually very cheap and of good quality.

Charity Shop
Charity Shop


Off-Licence shops sell alcholic beverages.

Chain Store

Chain stores are a number of retail stores under the same ownership selling the same goods. Each shop in a retail chain will have the same name.

e.g. WHSmith, Marks and Spencers, Sainsburys

Most Popular Shops for fashion clothes

Clothes Shops

For Boys

Burton - The most popular mens wear shops

Topman - Has famous designer clothes

Next - Mainly fashion clothes

For Girls

Top Shop - Hugely popular. Clothes worn by Catherine of Cambridge (Prince William's wife)

River Island - High Street fashion brands

Miss Selfridge - aimed specifically at teenagers



Other links

Photos of Shops

Shopping in London

How much do things cost in England?

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