The 'city within a city', Westfield's £1.45 billion retail behemoth snakes through the Olympic site, with over 250 retail units – the cornerstones of which are gigantic versions of High Street brands John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose – 80 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).
It launched with projects such as Studio East – an industry panel that included Roland Mouret, Tracey Emin, Tom Dixon and Erin O'Connor – and gave opportunities 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 is a hub for small, independent producers enjoying a guaranteed customer-base. Westfield projected a phenomenal footfall of 10 million during the Olympics in 2012 – in a stroke of planning genius, the route to the former Olympic Stadium passes right through the centre of Stratford City. Footfall has now reached 47 million FYI.
|Venue name:||Westfield Stratford City||Contact:|
Great Eastern Road
|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.
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.
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.
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