Whiteleys

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Whiteleys Shopping Centre
Bayswater

Shop until you drop at London’s first official department store, considered the height of luxury when it was opened in 1911 (the original Whiteleys department store in Westbourne Grove burned down in 1897).

Today’s largely mainstream tenants are at odds with the refined Edwardian structure – its marble floors, huge glass atrium and impressive La Scala staircase mean the place sometimes gets used in film shoots (it features in both Love Actually and Closer). The mainly mid-range high street shops include Zara, Dune, Muji and E&A Moda, and there’s also an eight-screen Odeon cinema and a branch of the upmarket bowling chain All Star Lanes.

Venue name: Whiteleys
Contact:
Address: 151 Queensway
London
W2 4YN
Opening hours: Open 10am-8pm Mon-Sat; noon-6pm Sun; see website for details of opening hours of individual shops
Transport: Tube: Bayswater or Queensway tube
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Carly-Ann Clements
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When I moved to Bayswater six years ago, Whiteley's was full of shops, restaurants, markets and pop-ups. It was a great place to pick up last minute gifts, have a meal or go to the cinema. Now, half the shops have closed down, most of the restaurants are gone and the only real saving graces are the Marks and Spencers and Odeon Cinema. It's been really sad to see this local gem descend into disuse. If the area had better supermarkets and if I didn't have a premiere club card, I could probably quite easily never step into Whiteley's now.


I'm interested to see what they do with it when they renovate the area but unfortunately, the whole area seems to be in a downward spiral and I don't know how quickly it can claw its way back up again.