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Tax Free Shopping for tourists

If you are a non-EU resident visiting Great Britain, you are entitled to Tax Free Shopping by reclaiming the local sales Tax, usually known as VAT, on many of the items purchased during your stay in Great Britain. Tax Free Shopping in the UK can allow you huge savings on products purchased during your stay.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR TAX REFUND

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1. REFUND

Collect your GB TaxFree refund form at the point of purchase in store.

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2. CUSTOMS

On departing from the EU, present your completed form with your goods, passport and your shop receipt to customs for your validation stamp.

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3. REFUND OFFICE

Collect your refund in cash at an airport refund office or mail back to GB TaxFree in the envelope provided for direct crediting to a chosen credit card or UK bank account.

Are you eligible to claim?

As a non-EU resident visiting Great Britain, you are entitled to reclaim the local sales Tax, usually known as VAT, on all items purchased during your stay in Great Britain.

Countries and territories within the European Union and therefore NOT eligible are:

Austria Germany Monaco
Belgium Great Britain The Netherlands
Bulgaria Greece Poland
Croatia Hungary Portugal
Cyprus Ireland Romania
Czech Republic Italy The Slovak Republic
Denmark Latvia Slovenia
Estonia Lithuania Spain
Finland Luxembourg Sweden
France Malta

Cash Refund Offices

When you leave Great Britain, you can collect your Tax refund from one of the check in or departure terminals listed below.

HERE ARE SOME KEY UK SHOPPING DESTINATIONS FOR YOU TO ENJOY

EDINBURGH

The beautiful city of Edinburgh boasts a huge selection of shopping opportunities, catering for every taste, from upmarket designer stores to the usual variety of high street department stores. There’s also a broad range of independent boutiques, artisan and specialist outlets on the high street. Princes Street proudly features one of Europe’s most impressively visual settings, with a stunning and uninterrupted panorama across Princes Street Gardens to the majestic Castle and Old Town.

Overall, Princes Street provides an excellent shopping experience but take your time to enjoy its magnificent surroundings and the many alternative attractions along the way, including the Scott Monument, the Royal Scottish Academy, the National Galleries of Scotland and Princes Street Gardens. George Street caters for the more discerning shopper, and is without doubt one of Edinburgh’s most notorious “posh shop” areas, so ensure to take your credit card!

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BICESTER VILLAGE

Discover a relaxed shopping haven in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, where spacious boutiques showcase the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle brands, normally only found in the most exclusive shopping streets, and all offering fabulous savings, all year round.

Shopping is pure pleasure at Bicester Village, where sophisticated boutiques, spacious boulevards, attentive service and a friendly, unhurried atmosphere combine to offer a truly unique retail experience.

There’s so much to enjoy here, whether it’s browsing prestigious boutiques at leisure for great-value buys, or sampling fine food and drink in the Village’s cafés and restaurants. And with such a rich selection of attractions nearby – from gorgeous scenery, imposing stately homes and historic towns to explore, to Michelin-starred restaurants and sophisticated places to stay – it’s easy to create a memorable itinerary around a Bicester Village visit.

50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire OX26 6WD
www.bicestervillage.com

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LONDON WESTFIELD

With a hugely eclectic mix and match of designer and high street labels, Westfield London offers a wide-ranging shopping experience with more than 300 shops under one stunning roof. It really is a place of architectural beauty, and at a huge 150,000 square metres, the imposing building currently holds the untenable honour of London’s largest shopping mall. Bravely ignoring the first signs of a recession, this monster mall has 265 high-end shops, and 50 restaurants supplemented by a luxury spa and a 14-screen cinema.

Overlooking The Atrium, The Balcony is home to 13 fully licensed culinary counters, while family-friendly eating options can be found in The Loft. The Village is the luxury section, featuring 40 high-fashion shops, including all the household designer names. Leading US architect Michael Gambellini, known for his award-winning ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck on top of New York’s Rockefeller Centre, is responsible for the futuristic chandelier-lit design. The whole Westfield experience has been developed with consumer psychology in mind, and the shopping is second to none, with everything you need under a single roof.

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LONDON WEST END, KNIGHTSBRIDGE & CITY

London’s West End is the world’s top cultural, entertainment, shopping and dining destination, with a diverse mix of over 2,500 restaurants and bars, 2,000 shops, 40 renowned theatres, 30 museums and art galleries, 17 Michelin-starred restaurants and seven tranquil green spaces. It is amongst the most famous destinations in Europe for unrivalled shopping, dining, entertainment and culture.

At 1.5 miles long, Oxford Street is Europe’s longest shopping street, featuring more stores than Champs Elysees or Rodeo Drive. The 21st Century sees even more unique and independent boutique shops, in addition to global fashion brands, award winning restaurants and bars. Knightsbridge is best known for its beautiful and opulent department stores, whereas the majority of big-name fashion designers can be found on Sloane Street. Neighbouring areas include Chelsea and Belgravia making this one of the most expensive and exclusive parts of London.

For one of the most stylish and elite shopping quarters in London, venture into Mayfair and explore the chic selection of designer and boutique stores that Dover Street, Old Bond Street, New Bond Street and the infamous Burlington Arcade have to offer.

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MANCHESTER

Tax Free Shopping in Manchester

Manchester’s most notorious shopping district is along Deansgate. The area is a shopper’s fantasy, filled with pedestrian streets and elegant Victorian surroundings. Go to King Street and St.Ann’s Square for up-market, designer gear, where slick designer stores attract all the famous faces from the city’s football clubs and TV programmes.

The Avenue in Spinningfields next to John Rylands Library, features high-end fashion houses. Towards the southern end of Deansgate you will find a collection of interiors and home ware stores. The Triangle (Hanging Ditch) boasts trendy stores and boutiques built in a space that used to be the Old Corn Exchange with a quaint stream at the front. There are also a number of department stores in this area. The vast Trafford Centre has nearly 300 stores, a multiplex cinema, an entertainment quadrant, live music and street theatre performances. Located to the west of the city, it provides an enjoyable and well-rounded shopping experience.

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