For the most part, British streets are dominated by the shop fronts of chain stores which have branches in every town. In all English cities you can buy your food in supermarkets or in small shops. You can buy clothes and other things in shops or in big chain store.
In every large town there are large shops divided into departments, in each of which some particular article is sold. Many of these occupy whole buildings and often offer banking services and restaurant or cafeteria services to their customers.
There are also street markets which offer good bargains to their customers. here people can buy fruit and vegetables, fresh flowers, clothes and fabrics, shoes and boots, antiques and almost any item you need.
Just outside many big cities now are huge shopping centres, a recent development in Britain. Built along the lines of North American malls, they are rapidly increasing around the country. These shopping and leisure centres are places where hundreds of shops and services are concentraded. There are famous department stores, such as Marks & Spencer, C&A, Bhs, Littlewoods. There are banks and travel agents too. These shopping centers are in extensive areas and have huge free parking for thousands of cars. there is a wide choice of places to eat nd drink and most have cinemas where you can see the latest movies.
In Britain shops usually open at 9.00 or 10.00 and close at 17.30 or 18.00. they don’t usually close for lunch. the shop assistants have an hour’s lunch break which they take in turns.
I love going shopping!