Top 10 Shopping Centres
Top 10 Shopping Centres in London
London’s shopping centres are some of the best in the world, and people fly from various corners of the globe to experience the shopping scene. Tourists, aristocrats, royalty, oil magnates, oligarchs, politicians, celebrities, and thought leaders, view London as the destination of choice for shopping.
Here is a list of top ten shopping centres in London:-
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Launched in March 1976, Brent Cross is Britain’s oldest shopping centre, serving its North London and Hertfordshire catchment. Its commitment in 1976 to opening until 8pm weeknights, when most shops still closed half days during the week was quite revolutionary. With more than 120 shops and services from personal shopping to car cleaning, beauty treatments and more, it offers a truly exciting experience. Brent Cross is home to some of the popular high street brands including John Lewis, Fenwick, Boots, WH Smith, Russell & Bromley and Mothercare. Brent Cross is the only shopping destination in London to offer free customer parking all year round.
There are two Westfield mega-malls in London: White City in Hammersmith and Fulham, and Stratford in East London. Both host brands that are popular on the high street, gyms, as well as a range of restaurants. There are cinemas capable of showing around 18 movies at the same time! If you want to have a great time with kids, eat and drink, and shop your favourite brands, Westfield is the place to go. Some of the restaurants are child-friendly and offer special deals for kids.
Duke of York Square
The most prominent feature of this shopping centre is that it is located in the heart of Chelsea and offers a fine array of food, fashion, beauty and culture to its visitors coming from all over the world. Shoppers have access to world-class salons in addition to the best of brands and stores like Zara, Dubarry, Mary Quant, Joseph and Banana Republic. From local grocery to mouth-watering deli and a range of exotic cuisines, you can find almost any dish here while shopping, relaxing or having fun at Duke of York Square.
Offering more than just a shopping experience, Canary Wharf hosts a number of events. There is an entire open space dedicated to viewing live sports tournaments, such as Wimbledon. In addition, regular events such as dance competitions and fashion shows are held here. When it comes to eating and drinking, Canary Wharf offers amazing food as well as fitness diet including protein shakes for those wishing to bulk up!
This shopping centre was the first to introduce London’s first-ever pop-up shopping mall, made entirely of shipping containers. If you are looking for something different and don’t have the stamina or time to check out ginormous malls for finding your favourite items, this tiny – yet packed with popular brands – mall is for you. It was made from a total of 61 containers, and it looks like a temporary setup. However, once you step inside, you witness a whole new world with your favourite brands all around. It also features restaurants and galleries in addition to stores and cafes.
Broadway Shopping Centre
If you are a fan of late night shopping or just hanging out with loved ones, Broadway London is for you. It hosts events all year round along with special offers and promotions. On Thursdays, free parking is available for all shoppers from 5:30 pm onwards. Present are popular brands including Boots, Argos, BHS, Card Factory, Claire’s, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Gallery Gifts, Greggs, and many more. It also has a sprinkling of takeaways, pubs and popular restaurants. Services include drycleaners and hairdressers.
Based in Bayswater, London, Whiteleys is a Grade II listed building that was first opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1912. Then in 1925, the original design by John Belcher and J Joass, was re-fronted and the building line set back by 15ft, to present the current imposing, colonnaded façade. In 1989, the new Whiteleys opened its doors and housing many shops offering gifts, books, fashion and beauty products, fashion accessories, as well as an impressive range of international restaurants, an 8 screen multiplex cinema, bowling diner and car park.
The Royal Exchange
Considered one of the luxury shopping malls of London, the Royal Exchange houses a number of luxury brand boutiques like Tiffany & Co., Hermes, Boodles, Gucci, and Paul Smith. The building is still preserved and its 16th century look is a site to behold. It features more than 30 stores, five restaurants and cafes. There is a range of beauty and perfumery services and skincare consultants are on hand to assist shoppers keen on skin treatments.
If you want a mix of entertainment and shops along with sight-seeing, the Brunswick is for you. Located in Bloomsbury, the centre has a lot to offer to visitors particularly tourists because there is a lot to see in the neighbourhood. The Brunswick itself is enormous with different blocks and its shopping arcade has featured in many movies and TV shows. It has some popular restaurants including Nando’s, Itsu, Giraffe, Hare & Tortoise. There are services such as laser hair removal, beauty salons, spas, as well as banking.
This shopping centre is unique with its three-tiered complex, housing an array of popular restaurants and bars as well as gift shops and stores offering vintage shoes, clothes, handbags, and much more. The beauty salons are also quite affordable and the coffee shops are impressive. There are more than 20 food concepts including; Pizza Pilgrims, Dirty Bones, Señor Ceviche, Le Bab, and The Detox Kitchen.