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The best uk shops

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Click through to anyone of the links below to find more information about that particular shop. We provide a brief history and a breakdown of what they sell. If there is a shop you would like us to research and add to our review section please contact us with suggestions. UK Shopping Guide. In the internet age alternative online shopping options have expanded into other areas with even more convenience.
Information and history on the UK's best online shops

Our Reviewed Shops by Category

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UK and European breakdown services. The two big names supplying car breakdown assistance. The AA and RAC have a long history helping stranded motorists get back on the road.
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The best known UK car parts supplier to the public and trade garages. At EuroCarParts.com there is always a discount code on offer.
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Halfords.com for when you are taking a journey, be it in a motor vehicle or on a bicycle. Get inspired by a trip to an Halfords store or thier website.
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Edworthy’s is now closed. They were a car parts, car audio and performance parts seller that started out in the 1980’s.
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Stop getting ripped off when hiring an holiday car. Use Holiday Autos and get a great deal in over 170 countries including Spain and France.
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Avon.uk.com having been selling beauty items for over one hundred years. Avon certainly have great products and experience in beauty retail.
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BeautyExpert.com offer luxury beauty products at low prices. The ranges covers skin and hair care products, beauty products and cosmetics.
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We all love Boots it’s the UK’s most trusted pharmacy-led health and beauty shop on the internet (www.Boots-UK.com) and the high street.
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Garden.co.uk is an independent Garden Health and Beauty website previously known as The Garden Pharmacy. Shop for health and skincare products.
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HQhair.com founded in 1999 with the aim of giving women hair care products and cosmetics along with the advice tutorials on how to use them.
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JasonShankey.com is a professional male grooming expert and barber based in Belfast. They specialise in hairdressing, male skincare, makeover and massage services.
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Mankind.co.uk is a fuss free website for men to buy male grooming products.
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A website where you can buy stuff you would much prefer to keep quiet and discreet about. It maybe a little embarrassing ailment treatment that you would prefer to arrive in plain packaging through the post.
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TheBodyShop.com is about feeling good about the beauty products that you use on a daily basis. They sell ethical bath and beauty products that are 100% vegetarian.
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theFABB.co.uk is a beauty a UK shop selling a range of fragrances, makeup, skin care and hair care.
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Base.com are a UK specialist entertainment website selling DVD’s, Blu Rays, and gaming Games across Film, Music, and Gaming formats.
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Game.co.uk is a gamers paradise selling every game and console you need to enjoy round the clock uninterrupted playing enjoyment.
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Zoom.co.uk for Film, TV, Music and Merchandise. At Zoom.co.uk they specialise in 4K UHDs, Blu-ray, DVD, CD and Vinyl.

Shopping Catalogues

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Abound was a traditional catalogue that had its heyday before internet shopping but is now defunct. It was swallowed up by the Shop Direct Group owned by The Very Group a multi branded online retailer.
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The official website for Littlewoods.com the online catalogue department store that lets you buy now and pay later on thousands of goods that include clothing and TV’s.
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Argos.co.uk is a UK catalogue store selling thousands of cheap products online and in their high street stores.
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JMLDirect.com help create innovate ideas for household products and sell problem solving and time saving devices for the home.
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Kay & Co was a UK mail-order catalogue business which ran the Kays Catalogue. Kays became part of Great Universal Stores and later become part of Shop Direct Group.
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Mothercare went into administration in 2019 and closed all its UK stores. They still trade online through an agreement with health and beauty retailer Boots.
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Not a traditional catalogue but a TV shopping channel selling goods via TV with demonstrations.
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Crocus.co.uk is the only online garden centre you will need to visit. Launched in 2000 they have become the biggest and best gardening website in the UK.
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Wickes.co.uk is a UK DIY retailer that supplies the public and trade with quality DIY and home improvement products in store and online.
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B & Q’s website is DIY.com and they sell everything you will need to do all DIY jobs around the house yourself.
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Homebase.co.uk is a one stop shop for the home improver and garden experts. Just take a look for some home inspiration.
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MFI

No longer in business MFI was once the go to place in the UK for flat packed furniture.
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Screwfix.com an easy and convenient way to buy affordably priced DIY stuff from power tools, fixings and work wear to fence panels and smart home devices in fact over 10,000 items.
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ASOS.com sell its own fashion wear brand plus hundreds more. It also bought struggling fashion store names into its fold including Miss Selfridge, Topshop and Topman.
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If it’s cheap stylish youthful clothes your looking to buy, then get over to the Boohoo clothing websites for the latest UK cheap fashion.
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Refresh your wardrobe at DorothyPerkins.com and discover amazing new outfits from printed tops to funky knitwear all at purse friendly prices.
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HighstreetOutlet.com is run by two sisters who source designer clothes from their connections in the fashion industry and sell them online at cheap prices.
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TheKidsWindow.co.uk sold designer clothing for children. They’ve now gone out of business but follow the link for some great alternatives.
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Get kitted out in your favourite football teams jersey or go for the full kit. Kitbag sells them all from Manchester City and Arsenal to Liverpool FC and Man United.
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If you need to look the business for a wedding or special occasion then get your self down to Slater Menswear. They’ll have you togged up looking real cool in no time.
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StyleBop.com was a UK clothing e-commerce website that sold women’s and girls designer clothing unfortunately they are no longer trading we recommend ASOS instead.
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YOOX.com is an international online fashion store.
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Classic sensual lingerie sold by Agent Provocateur a well known lingerie brand established in Soho London.
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The only place to shop on the internet for big bras. AmpleBosom.com have been selling big plus size bras and lingerie since 1999.
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AnnSummers.com is an iconic lingerie and adult toy retailer. They sell the must-have lingerie and toys like the Rampant Rabbit.
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Figleaves.com is a UK loungewear, swimwear and underwear brand owned and sold by SimplyBe.co.uk which is part of the N Brown Group.
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Debenhams.com the UK department store selling home goods, Fashion, Beauty and Gifts online. We nearly seen the last of Debenhams but it was rescued.
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JohnLewis.com the place on the internet the middle classes shop. Become a partner and enjoy an outstanding shopping experience.
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MarksandSpencer.com is one of the best known of the British department stores. The M&S website retails a massive product line including, home furniture, clothing and luxury food items.
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AO.com is an online electrical store specialising in kitchen appliances and home tech goods.
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RobertDyas.co.uk are the ultimate home and garden store selling everything from swinging egg chairs to pressure cookers.
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Savers.co.uk sell a big choice of pound shop style items online all at great value. The range includes beauty, health and home products.
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Sofa-Company.co.uk offer quality sofas in the UK at great prices. The range includes leather and fabric sofas in standard and recliner modes.
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The Carphone Warehouse used to be the place to go on the high-street to buy your mobile phone. The internet shopping boom ended that but Carphone Warehouse still sell mobiles online.
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A once massive British high street retailer of home electrical products. Now they retail from Comet.co.uk with a competitively priced range of  electrical goods for the home.
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Currys.co.uk is another stalwart of the British high street. It used to be Dixons Carphone after a merging with Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse.
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Maplin.co.uk is a brilliant electronics specialist website selling a huge choice of technology covering Computing, Smart Home, Gaming, Security and more.
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Dixons.co.uk have merged into another high street consumer technology retailer. Carphone Warehouse and Dixons are now known as Currys these days.
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MicroDirect.co.uk were a Manchester based computer repair service that also sold PC parts.
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PC World and Currys merged forces to bring you cheap UK electrical items.
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The Link was a UK high street mobile phone shop that was later taken over by the O2 network.
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The best website online if you are a whisky lover. The choice of whiskies is amazing and they also sell fine spirits.
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Laithwaites.co.uk the authentic wine merchant grown with love by Tony Laithwaite and family since the 1960’s. Wine people who love selling it to people who love drinking it.
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Majestic.co.uk is the website for Majestic Wine’s the UK’s biggest specialist wine seller. They do have a thriving website with excellent delivery service but also over 200 off licences in the UK.
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ChocolateTradingCo.com sell the best chocolates sourced from around the world. Chocolate gifts, hampers and personalised chocolate messages.
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If you’re looking for luxury boxed chocolates or choccy gifts HotelChocolat.com/uk will sell it. Its real chocolate authentic and deliciously ethical.
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ELC

The Early Learning Centre sells specialist toys that help develop children from the ages of 0 to 8. The toys are made to help stimulate and grow a child’s mind.
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Buyagift.co.uk the UK’s best loved provider of a large choice of special experience gift days. These are gifts for the individual and the family for experiences they will remember forever.
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MenKind.co.uk are experts in original gifts for individual people. They sell cool birthday presents and unique gifts on the website or at one of their nationwide gift stores.
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Looks like the Geek Store as closed down but don’t worry we can recommend some fantastic alternatives for all things geeky.
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Aldi.co.uk sell Special Buy items, which take pride of place in the middle aisles at Aldi stores. They can now be purchased online through the Aldi website. Goods include everything from gym equipment, gardening stuff, baby products and more.
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Morrisons is the best rated UK grocery store and with in-store bakers and butchers the donuts and tripe are just perfect.
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If you have been refused any form of finance then Experian can help get your credit rating up to scratch.
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A UK car finance company that offered car credit to people with bad credit. They are no longer trading after struggling to overcome bad publicity.

Outdoor and Sports Shops

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Decathlon.co.uk is a family-sports retail company selling the best sports products at the lowest prices.
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The best UK outdoor store for dog walkers to mountaineers that offers great choice and super value on everything from walking shoe to tents.
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Hawkshead are an outdoor outfitters that sell clothing and boots for all weather activities. The website is now closed but you can still visit a Hawkshead physical shop.
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JDSports.co.uk sell tracksuits from adidas and trainers from Nike everything you need to look “cool” and feel fresh in your urban-wear.
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SportsDirect.com sell hundreds of the top athletic brands in sports clothing, footwear and equipment. Sporting brands sold include adidas, New Balance, Asics, Nike, Reebok, Skechers.
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If you love playing bingo online you will love. Gala Bingo is a well established and trusted online bingo provider.
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Join a ready made lottery syndicate to increase your chances of winning a big jackpot. The big Euro and National UK lotteries are included.
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The traditional game of Spot The Ball can still be played online for some super big prizes of cash or luxury cars.
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Make watching the footy more exciting by doing the football pools and giving yourself a chance of winning a big jackpot by guessing the score draws.
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WilliamHill.com have been giving the betting public thrills and spills for years offering up great odds and betting opportunities.
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JamesVillas.co.uk book a dream holiday villa from over 3000 specially picked villas in over 60 gorgeous and varied destinations.