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Great Plains has always been stocked throughout the UK. From city centres to seaside towns, our clothes are sold in some of the most interesting locations in the country. We’ve spoken to some of the teams at these shops and boutiques to bring you a bespoke guide showcasing the most outstanding shops, restaurants and attractions. From the well-known to the hidden gems, who better to share all these places have to offer than those who know it best?

First up: The Dressing Room in St. Albans. We spoke to the team for their tips on the best local sites and events. 

Take it away…

The Dressing Room

Just 20 minutes from St Pancras, St. Alban’s is the perfect balance of being close to central London but just far enough away to feel a bit more relaxed. From shopping to local landmarks and dining out, St Albans city has a great mix of big names and independents; you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Top tips for a day in St Albans:

Start the day with a coffee and breakfast at Hatch on the Hill. They have a great brunch menu and the best coffee in town.  Then it’s time for some serious retail therapy…  Of course the first port of call has to be the High Street and a visit to The Dressing Room.  You could book in a styling slot beforehand on our style me page, or you could just pop in and let our stylists pull out the key season’s trends for you. 

The Dressing Room

Next, take a wander through the town centre; Christopher Place is home to a few great boutiques and shops. Space NK is perfect for all your skincare needs, and for something extra special there’s Tomoka, a fantastic specialist spirits shop. For the best blooms in the city try local florist The Flower Box, and then carry on down to George Street to check out some beautiful independent jewellers and more fashion stores.  

The Pudding Stop

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Our go-to lunch spot would be the George Street Canteen for something light and delicious, followed by a naughty but very nice pit stop at The Pudding Stop – the flourless chocolate cake with salted caramel sauce is a local legend! Then why not spend the afternoon working off that cake by taking a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Verulamium Park, followed by a visit to St Albans Cathedral.   

For a relaxing way to spend an evening, we’d thoroughly recommend booking in to see a film at the Odyssey, it is a beautiful independent art deco cinema where you can sit back with a prosecco or a beer and enjoy the film in style. If you have any time (and room!) left, round off your day with a light bite at Dylans Kings Arms and a cocktail at Mokoko’s cocktail bar - they do some amazing but dangerous champagne cocktails!  

Verulamium Park

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The Dressing Room, 6-8 High Street, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4EL

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