Shopping in England – What to Look out for

English High Streets are fascinating places, especially if you’re in an older town or city. Most towns in England have a High Street. This is a main or central street which has a high concentration of shops and cafes on it.

Usually, on any average English High Street there will be a good selection of interesting shops. You might find the following;


It can be interesting to read the old street signs in high streets and to learn more about the history of the place you’re visiting. Some larger towns will have tourist information centres with plenty of leaflets and booklets containing information about the history of the place.

Practice your reading and conversational skills whilst learning more about the place you’re visiting.

Bigger towns will have a lot of hustle and bustle and plenty of opportunities to chat with people.

Shopping in the UK is a very popular pastime and in larger towns and cities, there are a great many shops to choose from including larger chain stores which have many branches across the country.

You will find that even the busiest shops are well staffed and if you can’t find a member of staff to help you, it’s fine to go up to the counter and ask for help there.

Some shops in the UK have a lot of history surrounding them. The most famous of these include the following.


All of the above shops (apart from Hamleys which is a toy shop) are department stores which offer everything from clothing to homewares, toys and food. You won’t find a Harrods or a Fortnum & Mason in every town, you will need to visit London to see them, but some of the others may be seen in many large towns.

You can improve your spoken English very quickly with a shopping trip. Ask questions of the shop assistants and try out your English skills by talking to them about the things which are on sale. Conversational English like this when used in real-life situations is a great way to gain confidence.

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