With lots of visitors coming to Brentwood every weekend, inspired by The Only Way is Essex, one of the things we get asked a lot is where all the shops owned by TOWIE cast members are located. We thought we’d put together a little map to help everyone out:
Here’s a suggested walking tour that will ensure you see all the TOWIE shops. Brentwood’s not a very big place, so it should only you a couple of hours to make the circuit – depending on how long you decide to browse around the shops, of course!
Start at the Sugar Hut(1), the now world-famous nightclub owned by Mick Norcross and backdrop for many funny, romantic and sometimes explosive scenes in TOWIE. It’s closed during the daytime but you can still pose for photos in the doorway. There’s now a Sugar Hut coffee shop next door, which is open from 9am.
Walk down the Brentwood High Street heading east (towards Wilson’s Corner, stop and ask locals if you’re heading in right direction), turn left at Pizza Express, and you’ll see Lucy’s Boutique (2) right in front of you. Owned by Lucy Mecklenburgh, the shop stocks a wide range of womenswear and accessories. Check the shop’s Twitter feed to see when Lucy’s next in.
Harry’s got lots of bling on offer and you’ll often find him behind the tills. Check his Twitter feed (@HarrysWorld_) for all the latest news. Amy’s glam boutique stocks her very own Amy Childs Collection (@AmyC_Boutique) of dresses, playsuits and leisure wear.
Head back up the Ongar Road towards Wilson’s Corner, and cross over to visit Amy Childs Salon (5). Amy’s busy schedule means she’s not always in Brentwood, but she always tweets when she’s going to be around. The reception area of the salon stocks Amy’s beauty products.
NEW! (image coming soon) Mick Norcross has opened an antiques shop at 11 Ingrave Road. Neil Graham Interiors stocks furniture, artwork, unique objects for the home and a bespoke design service.
Walk west down the High Street until you come back to the Sugar Hut and turn left onto Crown Street. Our cobblestoned lane has frequently been used as a backdrop for TOWIE scenes, so you may recognise the place straight away (check out our Photo Tour).
At number 20 Crown Street, you’ll find Fusey (6), Joey Essex’s new shop. He’s selling branded tees with the Fusey logo, along with men’s shirts, accessories and hair products. A few steps down Crown Street on your right is Bizara (7), the card shop owned by Peri Sinclair. Until recently, it was actually located opposite but moved to its new, bigger premises in January 2012. Peri frequently works in the shop so if you’re lucky you might be able to get her to personalise any cards you buy.
As you leave Bizara, you’ll spy Tarantino Brentwood (8) opposite. Ok, it’s not owned by a TOWIE star but it’s often used for filming and Joey Essex had his Fusey launch party there. Plus, they serve temptingly tasty Italian meals and fantastic coffee and you might just need to revivie yourself by now!
As you walk out of Tarantino you’ll see Chatham Way car park. TOWIE and Amy Childs have both done a lot of filming here (very random, yes, we know) and papparazzi frequently hang out waiting for local celebs to park up. Walk around the corner of the car park, head for the Teriss Bar banner and turn right under a brick archway to enter Roper’s Yard.
On your immediate right you’ll see Minnies Boutique (9), still a magnet for visitors worldwide. Sam and Billie Faiers regularly work the tills and are very good about signing autographs for TOWIE tourists. Check Twitter to see when they’re due in next. You’ll recognise the interior instantly from all the TOWIE scenes that have been filmed here. The shop is small, but deceptively spacious. Be prepared to squeeze in if it’s a Saturday, as the place fills up quickly with lots of Sam and Billie’s adoring fans.
The newest cast shop to open is Gemma Collins Boutique (10), which specialises in glamorous fashion from sizes 16 to 32. Gemma’s in the shop most weekends, and as with everyone else, check her Twitter feed for all the latest updates.
Just around the corner in Roper’s Yard is GX2 (11), a health supplement store owned by Dino and George Georgiades, who took over the premises in early 2012. George still works up in London but you’ll usually find Dino in the shop.
Address: 93-95 High Street Brentwood, CM14 4RR
Telephone: 01277 200885
Amy Childs Boutique
Address: 11 Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9AU
Telephone: Coming soon
Address: 21 Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9AU
Telephone: 01277 212705
Address: 14a Ongar Rd Brentwood CM15 9GB
Telephone: 01277 231 2777
Amy Childs Salon
Address: 1 Wilsons Corner 1-5 Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AG
Telephone: 01277 231 314
Neil Graham Interiors
Address: 11 Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AP
Address: 20 Crown Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BA
Telephone: 01277 217888
Address:27 Crown Street, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BA
Telephone: 01277 230254
Address: 8 Ropers Yard, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BG
Telephone: 01277 210131
Gemma Collins Boutique
Address: 5 Ropers Yard, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BG
Telephone: 01277 500272
Address: 3 Ropers Yard, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4BG
Getting to Brentwood
Brentwood is off the M25 (Junction 28). Parking is available through out the town centre. The town is also accessible by train and bus. Check out our Find Us page for more details.