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Britain's Favourite Shop, 611009 votes


Shopping, other than for those with serious money, used to be just a necessary chore. For some it's still on a par with dental appointments and changing nappies. But others love nothing better than a day spent on retail therapy. The standard of Britain's shops has risen - the 80s especially saw a step-change in shop-fitting and design, the mushrooming of speciality shops where few existed previously, and an explosion of choice that actually can make shopping fun. Whether fashion, furniture, first editions or food is your thing there will be one outlet close to your heart. Tell us - and the world - about it by voting for it in our poll.

Current top Shop

1: Harrods (2564 votes) Knightsbridge

2: La Provence (677 votes) Sawbridgeworth

3: Hansa Wholefood (676 votes) St Peter Port

4: BuzzinBasement (626 votes) Newton Abbot

5: Hamiltons Fresh Fish Store (611 votes) Bovey Tracey

6: Country Garden Winslow (568 votes) Winslow

7: Louise Jeynes (480 votes) Evesham

8: Country Garden Winslow (474 votes) Buckingham

9: Willow Pool Garden Centre (381 votes) Lymm

10: Nigel Greaves Gallery (371 votes) Eastbourne

11: Affordable Antiques (333 votes) Ashby-de-la-Zouch

12: The Sweet Stop (298 votes) Dunfermline

13: Gid Grub (277 votes) Langholm

14: Patton Family Butchers (271 votes) Millom

15: ICAS - Vilas Fine Art (253 votes) Letchworth Garden City

16: Yeomans Cafe & Tearoom (242 votes) Stansted

17: Elmtree Antiques (224 votes) York

18: The Pet Shop (216 votes) March

19: Joan the Wad (201 votes) Polperro

20: Dorking Desk Shop (188 votes) Dorking

21: Cotswold Outdoor (187 votes)

22: Clairabella Ltd (172 votes) High Wycombe

23: Sports Nutrition Centre (163 votes) Dunstable

24: Craigend Nursery & Coffee Shop (162 votes) Cumbernauld

25: Bernard G House, Scientific Instruments (161 votes) Wells

26: Pets At Home (156 votes) Southampton

27: Antiquities Giftshop (149 votes)

28: Gurneys Butchers (140 votes) Ledbury

29: Tansu Japanese Antique Furniture (128 votes) Batley

30: Andrea O' Gorman Gallery (124 votes) Bishops Stortford

31: Martello Bookshop (118 votes) Rye

32: Gooch Sports & Leisure (115 votes) Newent

33: Croft Nurseries (114 votes) Sheffield

34: Shopping in Another Time (113 votes)

35: Just Pets (113 votes) Stroud

36: Box Of Porcelain (112 votes) Dorchester

37: G Bolam Butchers (109 votes) Sedgefield

38: Brocante Ltd (109 votes) Fowey

39: Parched Tea Bar (107 votes) Manchester

40: Plants That Grow From Tom & Joe (104 votes) Wylam

41: Nautical Antiques (103 votes) Weymouth

42: Wedding Ring Studio (102 votes) Maidstone

43: Heatons (96 votes) Salisbury

44: Daleside Antiques (94 votes) Masham

45: Cavendish Antiques & Collectors Centre (94 votes) York

46: Bishopston Trading Company (93 votes) Bishopston

47: Jan Gregson (93 votes) Pembroke

48: Mason & Sons (92 votes) Barrow In Furness

49: Hungerford Butchers (90 votes) Hungerford

50: Penn Village (89 votes) Penn

51: Country Furnish (89 votes) Kirkby Lonsdale

52: The Old Smithy (89 votes) Ventnor

53: Argyll Gift Company (88 votes) Lochgilphead

54: Graig Farm Organics (88 votes) Llandrindod Wells

55: Shoes Galore (88 votes) Great Yarmouth

56: Bull Ring Antiques (87 votes) Hay-on-Wye

57: New Hollybeck Nurseries (87 votes) Southwell

58: G H Stanton & Son (86 votes) Winslow

59: The Old Maltings Antique Centre (85 votes) Louth

60: Cottismore Garden Centre (84 votes) Newbury

61: Vintage Cameras Ltd. (83 votes) Sydenham

62: K Chapple Optometrist (83 votes) Lewes

63: Steve Bartrick Antique Prints & Maps (81 votes)

64: S W Antiques (81 votes) Pershore

65: Asda (81 votes) Bishop Auckland

66: CinnaMoon (80 votes) Richmond

67: Jewellery Catalogue (79 votes)

68: John Lewis (79 votes) Oxford Street

69: totallyessential.com (78 votes)

70: Candlelife Ltd (78 votes) Wakefield

71: Doggies & Moggies Pet Centre (77 votes) Truro

72: Hambys Shoes (77 votes) Rotherham

73: The Market Butchers (76 votes) Widnes

74: Moorland Larder (75 votes) South Molton

75: Miles (74 votes) Wellington

76: Bread of Life Fair Trade Centre (74 votes) East Dulwich

77: The Boutique (74 votes) Urmston

78: Snooze Shop (73 votes) Felixstowe

79: Homebase (73 votes) Newark

80: Debenhams (72 votes) Bolton

81: H Samuel (72 votes) Aylesbury

82: Live Sound Hire Ltd (72 votes) Ripley

83: Art Deco Originals (71 votes) Halifax

84: John Lewis (71 votes) Newcastle upon Tyne

85: College Farm (70 votes) Bedford

86: Clive Rogers Oriental Rugs (69 votes) Staines

87: Debenhams (68 votes) Bromley

88: Michael Kirk Butchers (68 votes) Wolverhampton

89: Fresh Caribbean Cuisine Limited (67 votes) Luton

90: Pepe's Pets (67 votes) Manchester

91: Amazon (66 votes)

92: C Y Neilly (66 votes) Stevenston

93: Jumbleline Antiques & Collectables (65 votes) Oxford

94: Carlton Antiques (65 votes) Malvern

95: Debenhams (65 votes) Torquay

96: Parker Taylor Menswear Ltd (65 votes) Bridgnorth

97: JW Mckenzie Cricket Bookseller (64 votes) Epsom

98: Greg Page-Turner (64 votes)

99: Milbourne's Photography (64 votes) Sheffield

100: Sheppey Aquatic & Pet Supplies (63 votes) Sheerness

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