London Designer Outlet" is misleading. (And for the sake of this post it shall henceforth be known as LDO.)
You'd be forgiven for thinking LDO was like Bicester - namely a shopping centre of designer shops full of discounted stock.
But you'd be wrong.
I went along to LDO for the first time last weekend to find out what it's all about.
I travelled all the way up to Wembley - zone four, people! FOUR! - for a fun day with my glorious old pal, Jess.
About ten minutes' walk from Wembley Park tube - and well sign-posted, which I appreciated - LDO isn't like most other shopping centres in that it's largely open-air - lovely when dry, a bit crap if raining.
Fortunately, however, it wasn't. It's a rather nicely-done shopping centre and looked particularly pretty when lit-up at night.
We had a peruse in several shops, but were disheartened to find - as is often the way with outlets - the stock that's there is mostly the rubbish stuff that hasn't been sold for a reason.
There's also a Lindt shop, which is a rare find in the UK - oh my days, I wanted all the obscure Lindors.
We resisted, however, as we were off for a feast of a lunch.
There are tons of restaurants at LDO - largely the usual chains. However they also have a branch of the Handmade Burger Co, which is not a restaurant one stumbles upon too frequently. Naturally it was my lunch spot of choice.
We sat ourselves down and struggled to choose from the 40+ burgers on the menu - I exaggerate not.
The staff were delightful. After I popped my new Russell & Bromley bag (OMG I am in LOVE with it!) down next to me, the waiter came over with an extra chair, because "a bag that beautiful shouldn't be on the floor." That's my kinda man.
We placed our orders and hit the Diet Coke hard - free refills, people! Man, I go to town on free refills. Must've had at least five.
And soon our food arrived:
Amazingly, they got it right - I always ask for no tomato and nine times out of ten end up picking it out myself. The struggles.
It turns out I wasn't a huge fan of the sausage but the rest of the burger was diviiiiiine!
It was a tad on the spicy side for me (because I'm feeble) but delicious all the same.
After a smidge more shopping, Jess and I headed to the cinema on the top floor of LDO - I was so ready for a digestive recline.
Did we also get popcorn and chocolate though? Oops.
It's a Cineworld cinema and I was so amazed by the legroom. We went to see Passengers which I absolutely loved and totally recommend. J-Law and Christ Pratt tho.
I thought it really fun to combine cinema and shopping, which may sound like an obvious thing to do but I haven't done so in a while tbhqh. And I suppose the fact that there's so much at LDO - cinema, shops and eateries - makes it more worth going all the way up there.
It was also a lot quieter than central London, which is always good.
Outlet shopping is usually a bit hit and miss in my experience, but I'm super pleased with my shoes and had a great day.
Our lunch and cinema tickets were complimentary but all opinions are my own.