What is a safe Bitcoin exchange to use?

Since mining Bitcoins is out of question, i am looking to buy some coins through exchange service. But i don't know which one is trustworthy. Coinbase is probably not a good bet. I will be paying with british pounds (GBP). Also i want to keep my coins in offline wallet.

Any recommendation?

EDIT: I found Xapo.com but don't have any experience with it.
EDIT 2: CoinCorner is another exchange site but boy they want to know everything about me.

  • First and Last Name
  • Email address
  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Country of Residence
  • City
  • Post Code
  • Street Name
  • Nationality
  • Mobile number
  • ID number
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Source of Wealth....seriously WTF

At the end they want me to upload a proof of address document. So this exchange site is too intrusive for my standards.

coinfloor looks good

I like that it's based in UK. Don't have to pay for currency conversion. But can you donwload the bitcoins to offline wallet? I don't want them to run away with my money like Mount.Gox did.

Not technically an exchange but https://localbitcoins.com/ is nice.

Is that the place where you trade with many other people instead of one big company?


Virwox is an exchange website that doesn't require all that information although the fees are high.