London is a vast cosmopolitan metropolis that is inhabited by people from many countries of the world. Moreover, it is an important tourist attraction that draws tourists from all over the world. It is also the economic and business hub of Europe due to which many business travellers come to the city. London also boasts of having a plethora of shopping outlets and state-of-the-art shopping malls that comprise of hundreds of retail outlets encompassing all types of consumer goods, eateries and beauty salons. People from all across the globe visit the city for sightseeing but they also have an eye on the shopping opportunities. There are many shopping malls in the city particularly in and around central London.
On top of the list of London’s top ten shopping malls is Brent Cross Shopping Centre which is Britain’s first enclosed shopping centre. It has plans for a massive redevelopment and it features department stores such as Fenwick, John Lewis and M&S, high street brands from H&M to Whistles, specialist shops such as the Apple store and many other retail outlets.
Brunswick got a much-needed £24 million facelift in 2006 and it offers French Connection, Benetton, Joy, Space NK, Hobbs, Oasis, the arthouse Renoir Cinema and eateries such as Apostrophe, Carluccio’s, Yo! Sushi and Strada.
Duke of York Square which is situated between Sloane Ranger haven that is Peter Jones and the handsome Saatchi gallery offers an excellent open air shopping experience. It boasts of housing Zara, Joseph, Ritsiter, Kate Middleton’s favourite salon, Richard Ward, Mary Quant cosmetic store, Taschen shop and al-fresco eating opportunities.
Kingly Court on Carnaby Street is a three-tiered complex having a funky mix of established chains, independents, vintage and gift shops. The retail outlets include Marshmallow Mountain, Lazy Oaf, Henri Lloyd, Vans and Mnini, Stromboli’s Circus (formerly Twinkled) and outposts of Triyoga and Walk-In Backrub.
One New Change is near St Paul’s Cathedral and is home to a warren of high street retailers, office buildings and restaurants. It features H&M, Topshop, Reiss, All Saints, Next, Hugo Boss, LK Bennett, Hobbs as well as Hershesons Blow Dry Bar and a Strip waxing salon.
St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden has smart shops such as Twenty8Twelve, Jaeger London and Cos. It also features eateries and regular events and festivals. It will play host to a flower and food festival and from Sept 15 it will be turning into an open-air cinema to coincide with London Fashion Week.
Westfield London was declared Europe’s largest shopping centre when it opened in autumn 2008. It houses 265 shops includi9ng Hollister and Ugg, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Sienna Miller’s Twenty8Twelve, Tabio, Myla lingerie and Cos.
Westfield Stratford City finds its way through the Olympic site and has 300 retail units such as John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Primark, Topshop, Forever 21 and Waitrose. It also has 70 restaurants, bars and cafés, and a 17-screen digital cinema.
Whiteleys Department Store was once considered the height of luxury. 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.
Boxpark is under the elevated Shoreditch High Street Overground station and is a contemporary shopping and eating mall. It features labels like Dockers, Evisu and Nike, book publishers Phaidon and Scandinavian interiors brand Marimekko, and food and drink outfits Chop’d and Crussh