Royal Leamington Spa has always been one of my favourite towns for indulging in some retail therapy combined with lunch at one of the many restaurants and bars. The town has always had a fantastic reputation for having some of the best shops in the region. There are over 400 shops ranging from small independent retailers to larger national high street brands all set against a backdrop of regency splendour, plus the town is now right on my doorstep!
Five years ago, my husband and I moved to Cornwall so it was only after returning to Warwickshire recently, that I re-discovered Leamington and realised how much more the town now offered, literally having every shop you could ask for. Another bonus to Leamington is that its shopping streets are all located in close proximity, The Parade is the main shopping thoroughfare and is flanked on either side by beautiful Georgian architecture. Many of the larger high street retailers can be found here such as House of Fraser, Marks & Spencers, Monsoon, Joules, Next, H&M, River Island, W H Smith, Boots, Robert Dyas, Whittard’s and many more. Located across the Parade are Warwick Street and Regent Street where many of the smaller and independent retailers can be found. There are some fantastic quirky shops which are ideal for finding an unusual gift or one-off item. There’s also an abundance of restaurants and bars which cater to all tastes and budgets.
Located in the heart of the town is the only indoor shopping centre known as The Royal Priors. Located across two floors, there are about 50 shops and boutiques offering everything from high street fashion such as Superdry, M&S, Bank, Jane Norman, Jigsaw, New Look and GAP, to jewellery and accessories, electronics and gifts. Two of my favourite shops that can be found here are Cath Kidston and Walnut & Weave where several purchases are always compulsory!
There is also the Regent Court Shopping Centre, which is open air and home to a range of luxury boutiques and lifestyle brands such as Jaeger and LK Bennett, along with a selection of fantastic eateries including Yo Sushi, Wagamana, Turtle Bay, Prezzo, Gourmet Kitchen Burger, Nandos and Bar Angeli. During my last shopping visit, I sat outside in the sunshine at the picturesque Rosie’s Vintage Tea Shop enjoying a latte, a freshly baked scone and watching the passers-by, a delightful place and the perfect place to stop for a break from shopping.
If you can drag yourself away from the shops, then I can also thoroughly recommend visiting the town’s attractions, the Royal Pump Rooms house the town’s Museum and Art Gallery. In the Museum, there are displays on the historic use of the Pump Rooms and Spa Treatments and the chance to sample the water. Directly across the road are the stunning Jephson Gardens, a series of Grade II listed gardens which include a sensory garden, a temperate glasshouse, a refurbished boathouse and children’s play area plus a delightful riverside restaurant and Victorian tearoom.
I hope you enjoy shopping in Royal Leamington Spa as much as I do… if it’s your first visit to Leam, it definitely won’t be your last!
For more information on Royal Leamington Spa visit http://www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk/