Before I went to London, I did some research on local shopping outlets, as I was keen on picking up a couple of investment pieces at a reduced price. I found some information about outlet stores in Hackney, but I wasn’t sure whether they would be worth the trip. While in the city centre, one day I visited the Anya Hindmarch shop in New Bond street to see if they stocked a bag that I have been lusting after for years online – the Carker. No such luck, as it turns out that it has recently been discontinued from the line. The helpful sales assistant suggested that I check out their oulet store in Hackney, as they might have some left. That was all I needed to hear to decide to make the trip to Hackney!
In order to get to the outlets in Hackney, take the Victoria tube line to Highbury Islington. Change for the Overground (not to be confused with the regular train service) for two stops to Hackney. The outlets are located in Chatham Place, Anya’s at number 2, which is a five minute walk from the tube stop (towards a large Tesco’s).
The following stores can be found in Chatham Place:
A beautiful store with excellent service and a great selection of handbags. Most items are 50 % off and there is a special sales section at the back of the store where items are marked down to 70 %.
Since I was on a mission, I headed straight for Anya’s store and don’t you think they had ONE left of the Carker in black? They also had lots of other gorgeous bags and I didn’t leave the store until I had touched all of them and tried on most of them in front of the many full length mirrors in the store. The staff was really helpful and very, very patient.
Entering this store was like going back to the 1950s and not in a good way. The store looked like a warehouse where plaid had come to die. Everything seemed to be brown, beige or khaki and nothing stood out as new or modern. Not at all what I had expected after visiting their regular stores in town.
Packed to the ceiling with on trend merchandise and Asians fighting each other to get to the best stuff (which seemed to be plaid scarves due to the current blanket poncho trend) this store was a Burberry fan’s idea of heaven! It was full of great merchandise sold at at least 50 % off. The selection of trench coats was immense, as well as scarves, mobile covers, t-shirts, shirts, and anything else that they sell.
Since I was set on a trench coat and these were hanging towards the front of the store, I didn’t walk through the entire store – I was too excited about the dark magenta trench that was soon to be mine!
If you like cashmere and merino wool, this is the brand for you. The store is located in a freestanding little house, formerly a pub, to the right of Burberry and sells is range of wool products at a discount.
The Bally store is located kitty corner from Pringle, and though I love their wellmade shoes, by now I was now running low on energy and didn’t pop inside. If you are feeling more energetic when you are visiting, please let me know what the store is like!