Westfield Stratford City

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Westfield Stratford City

The 'city within a city', Westfield's £1.45 billion retail behemoth snakes through the Olympic site, with 300 retail units – the cornerstones of which are gigantic versions of High Street brands John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose – 70 restaurants, bars and cafés, and a 17-screen digital cinema. So far, mega-mall, but Westfield Stratford City has attempted to be lead a little by its east London neighbours, looking inwards to the creative hubs of Shoreditch and Hoxton (rather than outwards to Romford and Billericay). Projects like Studio East – an industry panel that includes Roland Mouret, Tracey Emin, Tom Dixon and Erin O'Connor – has given opportunites to young British creatives, awarding them opportunities to create uniforms, lighting systems, public art and environmental projects for the Westfield Stratford City site. A fresh food market, The Great Eastern Market, looks set to give opportunites to small, independent producers enjoying a guaranteed customer-base: Westfield has projected a phenomenal footfall of 10 million during the Olympics in 2012 – in a stroke of planning genius, the route to the stadium passes right through the centre of Stratford City.

Venue name: Westfield Stratford City
Contact:
Address: Great Eastern Road
London
E20
Opening hours: Open 10am-9pm Mon-Sat; 9am-9pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. Some restaurants, bars and cafés and the cinema will stay open longer.
Transport: Tube: Stratford rail, tube, Overground, DLR
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The shopping centre ticks all the boxes, its convenient but from observation the main flaw is allowing hoodies and baseball caps groups of youths in large groups are intimidating the shopping centre should follow bluewaters example and not allow baseball caps and start a precedent and not allow hoods to be worn up other than that its great.

Jonnyboy
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Westfield Stratford can be easily accessed on the DLR, Jubilee and Central lines and is a mecca for any shopaholic. With 300 shops to choose from and a huge variety of restaurants not forgetting the 17 screen cinema, this really is a place to get lost in, and can be a day out for the entire family. I literally got lost in it and signage I thought was pretty poor. Try and go late evening or during the week if you want to miss the crowds. Being an inside shopping mall it can also get VERY NOISY but none the less offering both high street and designer chains, this is definitely the place to come if you after some great retail therapy, all under one roof.

Richard N
Tastemaker

I'd heard so much about Westfield, but I only just stepped into it the other day. If Oxford Street was your hangout, then Westfield basically all that and more squeezed into a wonderfully air-conditioned shopping centre. I only meant to stop by a short while, but ended up staying for a few hours, with the myriad of roadshows and activities going on (truly a sneaky timesuck!). There's everything you could ask for here, from Marks and Sparks to Waitrose to every affordable brand you can think of (PRIMARK. H&M. ZARA.) And of course, a cinema. Coming from a country where shopping malls are the norm, Westfield Stratford really impressed me with its sheer size and amount of stores available. The only problem? The mad crowds on a Sunday. 

Rellie Loves
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I'm a south girl, but when it comes to shopping I will venture as far as Stratford for a good day out. It is, in my opinion, better than it's sister in Shepherds Bush. Just a stones throw from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and easily accessible on the Circle and Jubilee lines, DLR or overground, Westfield is a welcome regeneration to east London. Granted, it's overwhelming in size, but it's brilliantly well designed. You'll find 250 shops - everything from common high street fashion/home/lifestyle brands like Topshop and John Lewis, to high end designer brands Calvin Klein and Armani. You'll even find shops like Scribbler, Hollister, Kiko and Neal's Yard and Supercuts - so no stone is left unturned!


There's a VUE cinema upstairs for film lovers and a bowling alley at All Star Lanes for a little competitive game play. Satisfy your hunger with worldwide cuisine such as Yo!Sushi, Comptoir, Rosa's Thai Cafe and Wahaca from the food court. You can still get a breath of fresh air roaming through the shops outside, or dine al fresco in good weather. If you need an energy kick after all that walking, Boost juice bar will sort you out in a jiffy. Don't forget to take something memorable home from the Great Eastern Market offering artisan bread, fresh coffee beans and homemade pasta. You may leave with a significantly lighter purse, but it's a day well spent (quite literally!)

Tip: Westfield often have food and family led events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for those too!

Tara P
Tastemaker

Westfield Stratford City is located conveniently next to the tube station and the Olympic Park. It's also surprisingly easy to access by car from outside London, with a 24 hour access car park. It's a shiny, useful place for a spot of shopping, with tons of variety. The layout can be confusing, and the main design flaw is that the centre is too narrow, so the walkways can get very crowded. But, if you can brave the crush there are tons of options on offer, and you can add dinner and a movie onto the end of your shopping jaunt.

Daniel L
Tastemaker

One of the largest malls in the UK, and possibly Europe (that is just a guess) but I am always lost when I am trying to wander around this behemoth of a shopping and food complex. The food options are great and allows you to take a break from all that shopping. Shake shack themselves have even set up here. Also, it is right by stratford tube so you can even go on a rainy day (plenty of those here in London)! Bring a spare bag or two for shopping as you can really lose your mind here...

Kritt N
Tastemaker

Who doesn’t enjoy a spot of shopping to relieve some stress from everyday life?



Situated in the rejuvenated London East End, Westfield Stratford is massive: it's the largest urban and leisure shopping mall in Europe. There’s 250 shops to explore to your heart’s content and it’s a good mix from high-street faves to high-end catwalk fashion so it will suit all budgets.


In addition to the shops, you can experience a dazzling array of leisure facilities. You can try your luck at the 24-hour Aspers Casino which is the biggest in the UK, watch a film inside one of the 17 screens at Vue cinema or impress your friends inside the luxury bowling alley at All-Star Lanes.


It’s easily reachable on the Central/Jubilee Line, there’s a vast array of bars and restaurants to refuel and it’s only a hop across the road away from the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


Needless to say, it can be busy over the weekend, but generally on any weekday, it will be relaxed. Summer is a great time to visit as you can also wander around the Olympic Park.


Stratford is a great alternative to the shops of central London and you’re sure to have a great time. 

Kemi O

This is technically a great shopping centre, with many of the retailers that the White City branch doesn't have. However, I'd have to agree with some of the previous comments about the overcrowding. I have been to Westfield Stratford a number of times at various different times, but on every occasion it either feels overcrowded (to the point where you can barely walk in a straight line) or like a ghost town. Westfield Stratford city is great for a quick in and out shop, but definitely not somewhere I would spend the day.

Kirsty E
Tastemaker

Very mixed thoughts on this one... Lots of good shops in close proximity, probably the biggest and most diverse range of eateries I have ever seen in a shopping centre and the free phone charging stations are fantastic BUT why does it always feel so over crowded?! Not sure if it is a design flaw, that the walkways are too narrow but it just always seems to be far too busy. I always end up feeling hot and bothered which puts me off of visiting very often.

Overall though, good shops, fantastic entertainment venues (bars, cinema, casino etc) and a brilliant car park. Just don't expect to be able to walk very quickly through the masses!

Shalinee

Great selection of food and drink places and good variety of shops. Very conveniently close to where I live! Went on a Saturday two weeks before Christmas and it was relatively quiet until around 2.30pm, at which point the masses descended. That said, unless you're in a small, popular shop, it's mainly the concourses that are packed. Shops not too bad. I've heard the parking facilities are great. I didn't realise until too late that there are also very handy cloakrooms and bag stores, so no need to lug stuff around.

Roze

I'm very impressed, find it convenient, child friendly and amazing even for quick trips The best thing is the child wrist bands in case they get lost, the only problem is they don't advertise it enough so ppl are unaware the service is there