When Brent Cross opened in 1976, people didn't believe the hype around shopping malls but nearly 40 years on and Britain's first enclosed shopping centre is still thriving with plans underway for a massive £1.4bn redevelopment, which would double the size of the original. With it's a mix of trusty department stores (Fenwick, John Lewis and M&S), all the high street brands you could ever wish for (from H&M to Whistles) and a few specialist shops in the mix including the Apple Store and Havaianas flip flops, you can see why North Londoners are ever-loyal to this shopping centre (the free parking helps).
|Venue name:||Brent Cross Shopping Centre||Contact:|
Prince Charles Drive
|Opening hours:||Open 10am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-7pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun. Bank holidays 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Brent Cross tube then 210 bus or Hendon Central tube then 143, 326, 186 bus.|
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I can't say I care for shopping centres , and after my recent Christmas shopping experience can confirm I don't care for this one.
It's not the UK's first enclosed shopping centre - Elephant & Castle and B'ham Bull Ring Centre, for instance, beat it by a decade. Its 1996 expansion plan, of multi-storey car parks on all four sides, and more shops further south, was rejected after appeal in 2002, because of the extra road congestion, and the effect of neighbouring high streets, like Hampstead and Finchley. The revised 2009 expansion plan is becalmed, due to the depression, unwillingness to increase consumer debt, and the usual suspects from last time.