I have to admit to being a little biased about Guildford as I was born there and it was where my love of fashion began – see the memory in the welcome page.
If you haven’t visited Guildford it is a great place for a girly shopping trip. So the all important information:
Parking – Plentiful even on a Saturday, my top tips are the Friary Centre, Leapale Road which is smaller but handy for the centre of town, or the Castle which brings you into Tunsgate, one of the indoor shopping centres.
The Shops – All the usual high street stores, including large branches of Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Debenhams. But Guildford is one of those towns that has also managed to retain some of the more individual independents and specialist stores. So you will find Hobbs, LK Bennett, Russell & Bromley and Phase 8, but there is also:
Space NK, Donna Ida, Sahara (who stock Masai one of my favourite labels), Brora, Cath Kidston, Chesca (who specialise in larger sizes) Jaegar, Jigsaw, Jo Malone, Reiss and The White Company.
The town’s shopping areas consist of a large indoor centre called The Friary – currently under renovation by the Westfield Group – A smaller indoor centre called Tunsgate, the cobbled high street which has House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer, North street which runs parallel to the high street and several little streets that connect the two which is where the more independent shops are mostly found.
The main high street is cobbled and slopped and mostly closed off to traffic, so just a warning about heels – if you wear them stay on the pavements rather than braving the cobbles!
And the all important question of refreshments? My top tip is The Tea Terrace which you will find right at the top of House of Fraser. Described as “A very English Tea Room” it’s the perfect place for tea obviously, or a lovely lunch. The club sandwiches come with really chunky delicious tips and as you would expect there are a range of speciality teas. But the best bit of all is the panoramic view of Guildford and the Cathedral. We were lucky enough to visit on an unseasonably warm autumn day and the sunshine was flooding through the glass doors and windows, some diners were even sitting outside on the roof terrace.
Pictures – The Tea Terrace and the view. My lust have for Christmas parties this sparkly Anya Hindmarch Glitter Clutch!
A few other gorgeous finds…