Shopping Centres in London

London is one of the top shopping destinations in the world. From independent retailers and boutique shops to flagship stores for renowned labels, the sprawling city is home to several world famous shopping destinations. It is little wonder then that the fashion capital is also home to some of the largest and best known shopping centres in the UK.

Westfield London

Opened in 2008, Westfield London succeeded the Whitgift Centre as the capital's largest covered shopping development when it was completed. Part of the White City district, the shopping centre is at the heart of redevelopment efforts on the former site of the 1908 Franco-British Exhibition. The centre is served by Wood Lane Underground station as well as Shepherd's Bush stations with links to Underground, Overground and rail services.

Westfield London has a retail floor area of approximate 150,000 square metres or 1.615 million square feet, making it one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. Plans to expand the shopping centre will add about 51,000 square metres or 550,000 square feet of retail, office and public space, as well as more than 1,500 new homes. Westfield London is home to more than 370 stores and services, with high-end retailers including Burberry, De Beers, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, Versace and others based at The Village. The centre also has a 17-screen cinema with five 3D-enabled screens and a capacity of nearly 3,000.

Westfield Stratford City

A legacy of development efforts spurred on by construction of venues for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in East London, Westfield Stratford City opened in 2011. The centre is built on the former site of Stratford Works and Locomotive Depot, and is located next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Part of a larger development known as Stratford City, Westfield Stratford City is easily accessible by public transport to and from the adjacent Stratford Regional and Stratford International stations. There is also a car part with approximately 5,000 spaces.

One of the largest shopping centres in Europe, Westfield Stratford City is the third largest in the UK by retail space behind the MetroCentre in Newcastle and the Trafford Centre in Manchester. The centre boasts a retail floor area of 175,000 square metres or 1,883,700 square feet. It is home to some 350 stores and services as well as 70 restaurants. Anchor tenants include John Lewis, Waitrose, and Marks and Spenser. Westfield Stratford Centre also has a 24-hour casino and a 17-screen cinema, as well as a 267-room Premier Inn and a second hotel with 350 rooms.

Whitgift Centre

The Whitgift Centre is a retail and office development in Croydon. First opened in 1970, the shopping centre features 121,001 square metres or 1,302,444 square feet of retail floor space. When it first opened, the Whitgift Centre has no roof. During the 1990s, the centre was largely rebuilt to incorporate an atrium design. Plans to once again redevelop the centre were approved by Croydon Council in 2013, with works expected to be completed in 2019. Major tenants at the Whitgift Centre include Boots, Holland & Barrett, New Look, River Island, and Sainbury's. In total, more than 120 stores and services operate at the centre's three levels. There are two NCP car parks with 1,100 and 620 spaces, as well as an open air car park with additional parking. The centre is also linked to the East Croydon station, as well as bus and tram services.

Brent Cross

Britain's oldest shopping centre, Brent Cross is a premier shopping destination in North West London. When it first opened in 1976, Brent Cross was the first large enclosed shopping centre build in the UK. It also offered shoppers opening times that were significantly later than other stores, opened until 8 p.m. on weeknights at a time when most shops only operated for half days during the week. Redevelopment efforts in the coming years will improve open spaces and parks surrounding the shopping centre, as well as enhance transport links with the redevelopment of Brent Cross Bus Station. Brent Cross is home to over 2,000 leading and designer brands and 120 stores, including Fenwick and John Lewis. Other major tenants include John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, as well as major high street brands and a variety of specialist shops. There is also a range of restaurants and coffee shops at Brent Cross with menus offering dishes from around the world.

Centrale

Centrale in Croydon opened its doors in 2004. The shopping centre was developed from the former Drummond Centre, a popular yet small shopping centre. Owned and managed by Hammerson, plans approved in 2013 will see the shopping centre redeveloped and combined with the Whitgift Centre. With about 76,200 square metres or 820,000 square feet of retail space, Centrale has more than 60 stores and services including large House of Fraser and Debenhams stores. Other major tenants include Zara and Next. Featuring panoramic views of west Croydon, the shopping centre is linked to the Tramlink service from Tamworth Road and East Croydon station is a 10-minute walk away. Centrale is also home to Croydon's first and only dedicated indoor food court.

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