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    • Qype User didi_l…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/8/2009

    It's located in the opposite of The Whitgift Centre across North End. It's much more modem than the Whitgift centre.

    1. Building Service Management and the layout of shops: 8/10

    I collected store directory from information station on the Ground Floor. There are mall guide and travel guide available for visitors to check out the store location. There are 4 floors: Upper Mall, North end Mall, Lower mall and keeley road & Tamworth Road. We can find store location from store directory very easily. There are over 70 stores; most stores are from high street. (e.g. ZARA, French Connection, Jane Norman.) We could say this mall is designed for posh ladies.

    2. Food and drinks: 9/10

    The eating places are located in all possible level. They have Café Giardinon, Starbacks, and MCDONALD's and other 4-5 food places.

    3. Value for money: 8/10

    This is a modern mall for people who love fashions and high street's shopping.

    In conclusion, the reasons that Croydon become a very popular shopping place in South East London. It's because there are two shopping centres and lots of shops and markets around.

    And you could discover some good stuff is a really save money in some of shops there.

    One of the card shop is located on Church Street, I got two birthday cards only costs me 3 quid. Small saving here and there can make our life different.

    • Qype User filimb…
    • London
    • 44 friends
    • 300 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Absolutely fantastic shopping centre, well worth a visit for the archictecture alone, although there are some dodgy housing units close by. House of Fraser fans should pop in here for bargains, particularly in the food hall underneath. When in first opened almost nobody came here, so you got lots of stuff reduced. Sadly word has spread and now you'll be lucky to get a seat at the sushi counter or the cafe.
    There's a Whittard's, a modellers, a TK Maxx and a Zavvi, as well as a design your own teddy bear shop. Something for everyone.

    • Qype User marie_…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 50 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Centrale is quite swanky for Croydon, and I kind of forget it's there until I come out the side entrance of Debenhams and wonder where the octagonal fountain of the original Drummond Centre has gone.

    It seemed to take an age for Centrale to come into being, but now it's there it seems very popular, although it doesn't seem to house all that many shops inside, with Next, Zara and Aldo being the most prominent on the facade, and House of Fraser taking up much of the space at the back. I expect there's a whole wing in there which I have yet to discover.

    The addition of Centrale and HOF does seem to have cemented Croydon's reputation as a shopping destination, which is great for the town, and keeps the shabbier end of the high street where it meets West Croydon at bay.

    • Qype User martin…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/7/2010

    I remember part of this was The Drummond Centre and there was a fountain near the lift about 20 years ago. The Drummond Centre apparently used to be a C&A store

    The food court here has only 1 or 2 restaurants and is not much of a food court. There are also shops which have always been empty since it opened in about 2004. When I went there recently there were not that many people shopping there and I didn't see many people on the first floor but that may have been because there were not that many shops there. I didn't see anyone in the area between Debenhams and House of Fraiser where the food court is.

    Centrale is in the Colgate toothpast advert

    • Qype User shopah…
    • Nottingham
    • 54 friends
    • 73 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    Centrale is Croydon's newest and most modern shopping centre, and has been open for a few years now. It has House of Fraser, Zara, Aldo La Senza, H&M as well as some smaller, more independent stores such as Joy. It is really spacious, and doesn't seem to get as crowded as the Whitgift centre, due to it not being at it's full occupancy. I feel like more should be made of this centre, maybe bringing in some trendier shops such as American Apparel or some other boutiques and restaurants, to make Croydon an even better shopping destination.

    • Qype User Buzzbo…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 131 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Centrale is not that appealing to me! It is a wonderful addition to the heart of Croydon with Whitgift Centre just next door and all the stores on the North End. Centrale is much more bigger and the space inside is amazing. It does feel like a maze inside and it's mostly full of clothes shops. I like variety, probably why it' not my favourite shopping centre. Centrale is also very modern but not as packed as any of the other areas in Croydon for some bizarre reason. The one advantage is that nobody is ever on top of you and you have your own space to move about and be!

    • Qype User fiz…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 67 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    The newer and slightly more up-market cousin of the Whitgift centre, Croydon's premiere shopping mall houses many quality high street brands such as Elle, House of Frazer, Zara and Mango alongside designer stores such as the recently opened Colors. It was a welcome recent addition to Croydon's high street and brought a much needed morale boost to the area. It is crisp and well-laid out but for some reason has more escalators going one way than the other making it difficult to get out (a cunning plan surely by the upper mall stores). There are a good few eateries and Aunt Bessies Pretzils are way too tasty. It definately improves Croydon's shopping facilities making it a more pleasant and classy place to shop.

    • Qype User Superj…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 47 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    Centrale feels incredibly cold as a shopping centre which has a few shops which are decent but I prefer the whitgift centre to it any day of the week. If you wanna try something new, I would recommend this centre. You aren't missing anything by not going to centrale

    • Qype User izzoh1…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 46 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    A new shopping centre in the central of Croydon, hence the name! the parking is cheap and the whole building is clean and fresh including the toilets! The range of shops are great from French connection to Zara, there is something for everyone. Recently they have also added a brilliant food hall which is nice to relax in away from the high street. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it gets very busy. The building itself is very modern and it took a while for people to risk going in but now it is a thriving little centre and just be careful you don't forget about the rest of Croydon!

    • Qype User tula8…
    • King's Lynn, Norfolk
    • 0 friends
    • 51 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    fantastic little shopping centre. punky fish store and a great la senza. i always make a point of visiting if im in croydon

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