This is a pretty decent mall, and is a great option for those on the west end of town who can't brave Oxford Street (at least until the huge shopping development in Shepherd's Bush/White City finishes).
Check out the website: it's quite useful, and lists all the shops. The usual necessities are there, including newly renovated Boots, M&S, Waterstones, and a relatively new Tesco Metro.
Primark is currently building a new shop here and will finish early this summer, replacing a Beales that is now gone.
The nice thing about this mall is that it's partly outside. Most hallways open directly to the outdoors rather than having closing doors. While this means its not quite a fully-heated refuge in winter, it makes it more an integrated part of the stroll through Ealing than a hermetically-sealed environment. The central courtyard is open to the sky which makes it nice when they have craft stalls or summer concerts there. Many of the shops face outwards from the building as well, or are in passages that lead out to the street. The bad thing about the open-air aspects of the mall is that people can still smoke in here.
There's an Early Learning Centre (ELC) that makes great educational and interactive toys for kids. There also a Fat Face clothing store that appeals to my Canadian/comfortable/lumberjack side.
The rear mall entrance does have glass doors, and these seem to get broken, cracked, or become non-functioning with disappointing frequency, and to be fixed with disappointingly slow speed.
I feel that the choice of men's clothing on offer isn't great. And those who are used to hundreds of shops (a la Oxford Street) may find it limited. But if you're not looking for anything too unusual you'll probably find it here.
I guess Ealing has become one of my regular places to shop because it is realtively hassle free with small crowds unlike Oxford Street/Central London.
It has most of the stores that we all know and love, all the usual suspects are there i.e. Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, Next, Monsoon/Accesorise amongst others. Be aware that the first 3 are not flagship size and so may not have the same range as the centre of town. Another thing to mention is that Ealing is yet to accomodate H&M, Zara or Mango; so if you're looking for these you're better off heading to Brent Cross.
There is a massive M&S that's undergoing refurbishment and a TK Maxx if you want a bargin. In addition Ealing Broadway has a good selection of restaurants and cafe's such as Cafe chai, Pizza on The Green and Carluccio's, so you'll have plenty of places to go get some RnR before you head out for more shopping.
In the summer look out for the Ealing festival in nearby Walpole park and in Winter look out for special Xmas stalls in the centre itself.
The centre took a big hit recently, when Arcadia Group decided to quit Ealing it meant that Burton, Evans, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge all disappeared at the same time, leaving several gaps. Maybe they expected all the shoppers to be lured away to Westfield, but to me it seems as busy as ever. It was probably one of the bigger shopping centres when it opened but now it would be considered small. There's an open square in the middle with lots of seats, at the weekend you might find a French market or craft stalls set up here. Short, covered 'streets' of shops run out from the square and connect it to the main road. Most of the shops are chains: Marks & Spencer, Boots, Primark, Next, Tesco Metro, Currys, Monsoon, River Island and Whittards among them. Above the shops you'll find Ealing library and a multi-storey car park.
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre
Not good, many shops closing down, they now have to pin there hopes on Primark doing well.
How do i vote no stars?.
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