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Westfield Shopping Centre (London)
Member Name: Boycey1987
Westfield Shopping Centre (London)
Advantages: Spacey, Not Crowded, Clean, Good Range of Shops, No Miccy D's KFC or Primark
Disadvantages: Some Very Expensive Shops
When I first stepped into the Westfield Shopping Centre (or should I say Mall, it feels way more American than any other shopping centre I've been to, including American ones) I was overawed by the size and cleanliness of the place.
Being from Essex, I grew up with Lakeside AKA Chavside, which did the job of my town High Street, but under one compact roof. Now when I was younger I thought that was big. If Westfield was open back then, it would have seen colossal.
The shopping centre (mall) is a little confusing at first, and the technological advanced maps are always heavily popular, making it difficult to navigate at times. After checking the internet map before going, and being a man who is not so bad at locating things, it doesn't pose too much of a problem.
I saw a review on here lamenting the lack of MacDonalds and KFC. Are you mad? I was refreshed to not see the treacherous Golden Arches and Colonels smug beardy face.
Alright there's a Burger King, but that is a posh person's MacDonalds, so it's not too bad. You should open your palette to some of the delights the food court offers. I mean, it does have a Nandos! But a place I like is called TiffinBites, an Indian place with serious good food. You don't have to go overboard, they do lovely clay-oven wraps and rolls (and if you have a Taste London card, 50% off, result!)
Now to the important part - shopping. Part of me is sad at the demise of the High Street, with empty shops not being filled, probably with the popularity of the big three - Bluewater, Lakeside and Westfields.
But part of me wants to say 'I told you so.' Every High Street looks the same. Same shops, same bland food, same benches - it's kind of depressing that I could be shopping in Southend High Street and then shopping in 'Northern Town' High Street and it could be the same place.
Westfields offers everything easily under one large roof. The usual Topman, Zara, H&M and HMV, mixed with some you don't get in my local High Street, Hollister, Ed Hardy and All Saints.
Oh and there's no Primark - refreshing!
And for the richer amongst you, a 'millionaires' row of designer shops, like Louis Vitton and others that I cannot think of, simply because I don't shop there (although, like many others, window shop!)
The transport links are great, tube, buses and overground all seconds away. Being on the Central Line, means you can easily do, if you're brave, Oxford Street and Westfields (although, comparing the two, Oxford Street is crowded and stressful.)
Oh and let me mention the toilets before I sign off. The ones by 'millionaires' row. Wow. Best public toilets in London, if not London, if not Europe, if not the world! Luxurious.
A pleasant experience can be found at Westfields, and I'm not that big on shopping. If you get dragged around by the other half, you can be save in the knowledge that all the thirsty work can be quenched by a nice frosty beer in one of the lovely pub/restaurants in the outside bit, which is lovely in the Summer.
Summary: Better Than Bluewater and Lakeside