Although I work for glasses direct, I still buy glasses elsewhere. Sometimes for mystery shopping, sometimes just for pleasure.
Of all the glasses shops I’ve been in, the selection that made me drool the most was Bromptons in Brighton. A beautiful boutique shop with lovely friendly staff, and a selection of the most wonderfully beautiful modern glasses, and a range of vintage weird specs.
If you love really beautiful glasses, and are in the south, give this place look.
I actually drove down there this weekend to buy a new pair from their shop (after I dropped my main pair in a river a couple of weeks ago). I said I was from Glasses Direct and they didn’t throw me out, which was nice.