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Discover stylish glasses inspired by the top UK cities

30 Oct 2023

The United Kingdom is filled with an abundance of iconic destinations. 31st October marks World Cities Day which inspired us to create a unique travel guide with fashionable frames themed around some of the most popular metropolises located within this fascinating island nation. Find out where to go on your next trip away and plan an unforgettable adventure this autumn. Discover the best UK cities to visit and put them on your map ready to explore.

Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, London

Go sightseeing in the city of London

As the capital city and the largest in the United Kingdom, London is an incredible place to explore. There is something for everyone from the majesty of Buckingham Palace to the dazzling theatres in the West End. Alternatively, you can benefit from a little retail therapy and peruse renowned shopping streets like Oxford Street. Meanwhile, if it’s history and culture you’re after then visit one of the numerous museums and art galleries. There is so much to see and do – you certainly won’t be short on ideas!

To represent the cultural city of London, we have selected the Windsor frame from Ben Sherman. Inspired by the rich British history of the brand, every design within this range incorporates patriotic red, white and blue colours that instantly make us think of London. Windsor is one of our favourite styles because it is refined and stylish, perfect for every occasion.

Blue metal square Ben Sherman frames
Ben Sherman Windsor

Plan a trip to the city of Leeds

Leeds is the third biggest of the UK cities and a truly memorable place to visit. This vibrant cultural hub is home to many famous spots. Satisfy your inner shopaholic with a visit to Kirkgate Market, one of the largest indoor markets in Europe. Experience the legendary annual music festival and visit the home of Leeds United Football Club. As an alternative, you can retreat and enjoy the peace and quiet of being surrounded by nature at Roundhay Park. While you’re in the city, you absolutely have to stop at a historic pub for some hearty and traditional northern pie and peas!

Inspired by the vivid yellow colour of Leeds United FC, this bright frame within our Polaroid range is trendy and will add a touch of fun and vibrancy to your wardrobe.

Yellow acetate square Polaroid frames
Polaroid PLD D453
Duck and Drake pub, Leeds
Side street of historic Edinburgh

Visit the historic city of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an enchanting place. Visit the capital of Scotland and delve into its sinister history. Investigate charming cobbled alleyways and secret subterranean streets. Sample delicious Scottish whisky and conquer the castle built on an extinct volcano. Make the most of a truly unforgettable getaway in this spectacular location.

Scotland is well-known for its whisky, bagpipes and its tartan kilts. That is why we’ve selected this frame by London Retro which has a trendy textured tartan design.

Brown, square London Retro frames
London Retro Harlesden

Marvel at the city of Cardiff

Plan a trip to the Welsh capital. Cardiff is home to world-famous rugby and a magnificent medieval castle. It’s also the birthplace of the talented British author Roald Dahl and has a lively music and food scene. Ideal for a city escape, it is easy to navigate with plenty of history and culture to enjoy.

The celebrated red dragon proudly displayed on the Welsh flag immediately comes to mind when thinking about Cardiff and so we have selected this bright red and gold frame by Ray-Ban. It has a fiery and stylish appearance that reminds us of the strength and pride of the nation.

Burgundy, clubmaster gold metal Ray-Ban frames
Ray-Ban RB7216-51
Harlech Castle, Wales
Capital of North-Ireland, Belfast

Enjoy a city trip to Belfast

The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is home to a myriad of attractions. Despite its difficult past, this port city is bursting with culture and fascinating maritime history. Delve into the tragic true story of the infamous RMS Titanic. Marvel at the beautiful architecture and experience the lively nightlife of the Cathedral Quarter. Plus, you can see real props and costumes at the Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

Belfast is part of the breath-taking Emerald Isle and is surrounded by lush green landscapes. We have chosen the Emerald Andi Birthstone frame as we think it represents this very well.

Green tortoiseshell, rectangular GD collection frames
The Collection Andi Birthstone

Explore the city of Birmingham

The second biggest of all the UK cities, we believe Birmingham is massively underrated. It’s a must-see location that you absolutely need to tick off your travel list. The city has a rich industrial heritage and is where the successful television series Peaky Blinders is set. During your visit, you can explore the lively shopping areas and tuck into delicious cuisine at a restaurant within the Balti Triangle. Complete your trip with a night of dazzling entertainment at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

This frame by Gucci reminds us of the round tortoiseshell glasses that the notorious Tommy Shelby wears in Peaky Blinders. Inspire your look and feel confident in this designer piece.

Round, brown tortoiseshell Gucci frames
Gucci GG0121O
Birmingham town center side street