Whether you’re a Sam’s Club member in the US or elsewhere in the world, you might be wondering if there’s a Sam’s Club in the UK or London. After all, buying in bulk is a super popular thing for us Americans who apparently need like 87 bags of Goldfish at once, and Sam’s Club is the place to do it!
Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!
Sam’s Club, owned by the same company as Walmart, is a huge American brand and my family had memberships to both Sam’s Club and Costco growing up.
So, here we go, the answer to the question of…
“Is there a Sam’s Club in the UK or England or London?”
is no. There is no Sam’s Club in the UK, but there are alternatives to Sam’s Club in the UK which we’ll get into later.
Before we get too wrapped up in Sam’s Club in the UK, I wanted to let you know about some resources I’m providing for people who are either visiting or moving to the UK.
It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!) It literally changed how I felt and lived in the UK and made me understand what was going on around me so much more. Yay for not being confused as to why everyone is saying sorry a lot.
Also, I’ve got some free resources on things I’ve found important in my expat life here, including how to get over culture shock (and why it’s okay that you feel it), the amazing story of how I learned to drive in the UK and spent a lot of time running into bushes, and more practical information on figuring out UK money and surviving the London Underground.
- Culture Shock: The Things We Don’t Talk About
- An American Girl’s Guide to Surviving the London Underground
- Understanding UK Money: Pence, Not Cents!
- Driving in England as an American: An Apology to UK Drivers
Right, now that you’re all ready for your trip to the UK, let’s move on to Sam’s Club
History of Sam’s Club in the UK
Sam’s Club is a membership only shopping experience where you have to pay your membership fees to get a card that will allow you in.
Once inside, you’ll find a treasure trove of food, clothing and home goods that you can buy in bulk. The point of Sam’s Club is to really stock up on things, or pay less per item because you’re buying more of it. Sam’s Club was founded in 1983 and named after the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton.
Sam’s Club started with an emphasis on serving small businesses, but over the years has expanded to cater to individual customers and families as well.
The growth was steady and it expanded over the years into new US markets. Sam’s Club has almost 600 locations across the US, as well as some locations in Mexico and China.
Unfortunately, Sam’s Club isn’t in the UK, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost!
Equivalent to Sam’s Club in the UK
While there aren’t any Sam’s Club in the UK, there is an equivalent to Sam’s Club in the UK that should get you excited.
One of Sam Club’s biggest rivals and competitors in the US, Costco, does have UK locations! You can read more about Costco in the UK, but the basics are that it doesn’t sell the exact same items as in the US, but you will find a bulk shopping experience that requires membership and some familiar items if you’re searching for somewhere to buy American food in the UK.
Coming to London Soon?
Hey! Since you’re here I’m assuming you’re intent on visiting this amazing city soon! A great way to really immerse yourself in UK culture is see the sights with the help of a guided tour. I’ve picked out a few highly recommended ones below!
Tower of London Tour with Crown Jewels: One of the best things about having a Royal family is imagining you’ll be a part of it one day… and what better way than to imagine yourself in their jewels! Or at least stare dumbfoundedly. Either way, this tour is a sure fire way to get dazzled by London.
Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise: London is built around the River Thames, and one could even say it’s the most important part of the whole city! As such there’s no better, or relaxing for that matter, way to see the sights than from the view of the river itself! This tour takes you around the city and shows why all Londoners are really still rugged sea voyagers at heart, if maybe just a little more posh now.
Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Londoners would have you fooled, but there’s more to this beautiful nation than just what remains within the confines of London… shocker I know!! And if picturesque beauty is what you’re looking for I really recommend checking out the quaint and historical towns that scatter the outskirts. If nothing else, this tour will give you a break from commuting by the tube, and we all need that eventually.