Planning ahead for upcoming 2012 Olympics, Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, the quite extraordinarily large, 1.9 million square feet, the biggest urban shopping centre in Europe, opened last week on the edge of the Olympic site, situated in east London.
The shopping centre is proud to state it produces 10,000 jobs and is the gateway to the Olympic site, a place for tourists to go in between games. It seems already a hit with the locals, experiencing 200,000 shoppers in the first week, spending over £20 million. In fact, so many visitors tried to get in at the 3pm opening, many had to queue for hours as the building became over copacity.
Westfield holds over 220 stores, from high street brands such as Topshop and Miss Selfridge to boutiques, Make up stores, home furnishing and fashion labels such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss. There is also over 23 Restaurants, 14 Cafes and plenty of fast food eateries for you to choose from. If you fancy some light entertainment, Vue in Westfield holds London’s largest all digital 17 screen cinema and a large 10 pin bowling alley. Brilliant for a day out, I know I will definately be paying a visit very soon!