The Burberry Outlet In Hackney, London
Fantastic Find in London
When I was preparing to visit London I was trying to find a place to buy Burberry besides Harrods or the pricy Burberry stores in Central London. In my searches I came up with a mention of a Burberry Outlet Store in Hackney. It's at 29 Chatham Place, Hackney, London E9 6LP. We decided to take the Subway to the Bethnal Green Station. We got a cab at this point, but some people walk from here.
As we approached the giant warehouse type building that the Burberry Outlet is housed in I could see the beefy bouncer-like security guards at the entrance on the side of the building. The building itself was non-descript, I don't even remember it even having the word Burberry on it. We had to pull down an alley to get to the entrance. The security men simply opened the doors for us, they didn't speak. It was a bit surreal. Once inside I was in Burberry heaven. There were five open rooms with shoes, boots, jackets, children's clothing, men's clothing, women's clothing, handbags, wallets and scarves as far as the eye could see.
The prices were fantastic, for Burberry, and the clearance prices outstanding. I bought two pairs of rainboots for $29 each, one in black and one in pink check. I also purchased clothes for my myself, my husband, and the kids at good prices. They had an amazing coat which started at $1,100 marked down to $600. I couldn't justify it myself, but it was beautiful. The purses still seemed expensive to me, but I am a bit of a frugal fashionista.
Employees at the store do not want people trying things on, there are no dressing rooms and people are quickly admonished when they try to put things on over their clothes (except jackets). The lack of a fitting room was a bit offputting when I was considering items like fitted blouses for me or polo shirts for my husband. However, we were buying a lot of gifts and those couldn't be tried on anyway. Of course, we did try on shoes and jackets. The women's area is the biggest section, but the other sections are also sizeable. Employees on the floor are available to assist with getting other sizes or looking for something specific.
The lines are horrendous. They are really long and the customer service associates are less than friendly. They are rushed and seemed stressed. When you check out you are given an opaque plastic shopping bag, good quality with the snaps on top, but without the Burberry logo. This is probably good as the neighborhood is run down and it would probably be a bad idea to show off the fact that you have a lot of expensive merchandise with you.
This huge Burberry outlet is nothing like the Burberry outlets that have popped up in the U.S. with little savings and an unattractive selection. The Hackney outlet has five huge rooms, all Burberry, with something for everyone. They have a large selection of just about everything. I was even able to find a lot of children's clothing. Usually the Burberry stores have a rather small children's section, not here. So go, it's an adventure, and it will save you money. You're going to need the money, London is expensive.
We decided to take a bus back to our hotel in central London. The bus experience was fine, there was a snafu because of an accident that closed a street and caused us to switch buses, scary in a new city, but we survived it by following the crowd to another stop. We got back without a problem and with all of our new Burberry stuff intact. The buses and subway, or the tube as Londoners call it, are both comfortable and clean.
You do have to plan to go to the outlet, it's only open from 10am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday. Please double check these times before you go at +442083284287. If you are planning to go to London and are going to buy Burberry this is a great side trip. I'm so glad that I was able to fit it into our travel itinerary.
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