Just outside Stratford International Train Station, London, United Kingdom
Westfield Mall London Reviews
Westfield Mall Mar 16, 2013
Westfield Mall is the newest mall to the east side of London, and the only one that is sensibly accessible by public transport for a tourist or traveller. It has the same sorts of stores that you can find in Oxford Street or Covent Garden in London, with a couple of exclusives (I think that the only Victoria's Secret in the UK is in Westfield), but it might be a good alternative to the shops in the centre in awful weather, and some people just prefer malls. It's also right next to the Olympic Park, which is currently being redesigned as the Queen Elizabeth something or other - once it re-opens then people who want to climb Europe's largest and most bonkers sculpture, the Mittel Orbit, could combine the trip.
As I have failed to explain to numerous boys, malls aren't really about shopping. Shopping is just something that happens once you are there - the real point is social. Lakeside and Bluewater, the other big malls in this neck of the woods, never grasped that and have depressing food halls and bad lay outs. Westfield, on the other hand, has this right. There are food market areas and a large selection of middle of the road chain restaurants like Nandos and Wagamamas, some quirkier places selling "street food" (by which they mean slightly nicer than normal take away!) and even a couple of champagne bars. The lighting is pleasant and, apart from Primark (always terrifying but inexplicably popular with foreigners...) it's a pretty relaxing place by mall standards.
I hesitate to recommend a trip to the mall, as once you're in here you could be absolutely anywhere in the UK, and most places in the world. But if the weather is in its second consecutive week of ice and hail, you're fed up, and you just really want a new t-shirt and some lunch with your friends, this is a better place to go than most. Entrance is free, at least until you accidentally buy a cocktail and then accidentally go into the sales. Parking is available, but the easy way to do this from the London side is to take the DLR, mainline or Central Line to Stratford International. There's a viewing platform to see the edge of the Olympic Park.
Part of the 2013 - Home Sweet Home travel blog
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