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Westfield Shopping Centre (London)
Member Name: wendz86
Westfield Shopping Centre (London)
Advantages: Wide range of shops and restaurants, easy to get to
Disadvantages: Doesn't have a Miss Selfirdge!
When I heard about Westfield Shopping Centre being opened I was very excited. I am a big fan of shopping and I also live two stops down on the tube so it was going to be very near to me. I couldn't wait to be saved from those Saturdays trawling round Oxford Street with all the tourists.
The shopping Centre opened the end of October 2008. We decided to go and visit two days after it first opened on the Saturday. We knew it would be busy because of it only just being opened and so we decided to go early in the morning. It opens at 9 am on a Saturday. It is very easy to get to, you can get the central line and either get off at White City or Shephards Bush. These stations are at either end of the shopping centre and are just a very short walk away. We got off at Shephards Bush the first time and it was obvious they were expecting a lot of people due to the amount of security they had surrounding. We have also travelled by car before as we live near and we drove one evening. It was easy to find by car and is signposted well. The carpark was huge and had lots of spaces. You buy a ticket as you go in and pay as you leave. The price wasn't too expensive for London. The carpark is split into sections so that you can remember where your car is parked.
You begin by walking through the restaurants at the front in the Southern terrace, many of these were not open when we first went but they are now. These include Wagamamas, Gourmet Burger, Fire and Stone and many more. I have not tried any of these restaurants but many have outdoor and indoor and seating and look very good. They are usually very busy when I have walked past though.
Once you have walked past these you get to the main front entrance, this is very impressive and looks very shopping centre like. Before you get to these there is also an escalator on the right to get up to the designer village. The shopping centre is very big and has massive walkways, which is very useful especially when you are expecting large crowds. I visited a couple of weeks before Christmas on a Saturday and it was busy but there was plenty of room to move around which was great. There are two floors and there are escalators positioned around so you can go up or down to a different floor. I like the fact that there are plenty of escalators as I find with some shopping centres you have to walk half way round to change floors. It is very white and clean looking as well as you would expect from a shopping centre.
There is a large range of shops to choose from, with 265 stores within the centre. These include high street shops such as New Look, Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Zara, H & M and Marks and Spencers and many more. I find these stores very good, they are large and have a wide range. I think the New Look here is a lot better than the Oxford Street one. They also have included departments stores within the centre: Debenhams and House Of Fraser. These both include all the departments you would normally expect from these stores. Other stores within the shopping centre include Boots and make up stores such as MAC. There is also an UGG shop, which is often mentioned within papers, as people have to queue up to access the store. It seems to be doing very well though and I see lots of people with bags from the store.
I mentioned earlier that there is also a designer village section. I have not actually been in this but it has stores including Dior, Joseph, Louis Vuitton, Myla and Versace. If your budget stretches that far you will have a good choice.
There are also restaurants and cafes within the centre on the second floor and on the mezzanine floor. These always look very busy but there is again a bit choice including Pizza Express, Yo Sushi, Bamboo Basket and Nandos. There are also smaller cafes and food shops around the shopping centre, which sell items from milkshakes to cookies and sweets. There will always be somewhere to grab something to eat or drink anyway. The only place I have actually eaten in was the café at Debenhams. It was very good service, we were seated quickly although it was busy. We had cups of tea and cakes and it was a reasonable price. The café was also very clean.
One negative thing I would say about the shopping centre is that because it is so big it can get a bit confusing as to what side you are on. You do get used to where things are after a couple of times visiting though. Another negative for me personally is that it does not have a Miss Selfridge. This is my favourite shop so a bit disappointing for me.
The shopping centre is open till 9pm on most evenings and was open till 10pm before Christmas, which is great for some late night shopping. It opens 10am most days apart from Saturday when it opens at 9am. On a Sunday it is open from 12 - 6pm. The restaurants outside are open till midnight most days.
It has most the facilities you would expect from a shopping centre including toilets, cash machines and information points and maps. They also provide little cars that you can push your children around in which I am sure they enjoy.
Overall I find it a very enjoyable shopping centre and it has 99% of what I want under one roof.
Summary: A one stop destination for your shopping needs