The Bedfordshire town of Luton sits about 30 miles north of London. This university town was founded in the 6th century by Saxons, while a substantial boom in its millinery industry accelerated its growth in the 19th century. Rent a car from London Luton Airport and enjoy a day of retail therapy; Luton's town centre is a busy shopping hotspot, with ‘the Mall' shopping centre the go-to place for high street fashion. George Street offers a selection of specialist stores and independent boutiques. Stop off also at the historic Luton Market, whose 78 stalled set-up was founded during the age of the Normans.