Southside, you're getting classy!
Over the past 2 years, this shopping centre has evolved from humble beginnings - adding shops like an expanded H&M, Topshop, etc. They have taken one underused wing and added more and nicer shops (TJ Maxx, Costa, New Look) , closed the last remaining "outdoor" wing, and have renovated and added on near the Garratt Lane entrance (with Sabichi, Pomodoro Rosso, etc.). The Waitrose is quite nice and has very helpful staff - they even cater to the American residents in the area by getting fresh turkeys in for Thanksgiving! The signs posted right now indicate there will be a Debenham's moving in later this year, and I think Southside will just continue to get better!
I love southside shopping centre, because all the shops are under one roof which is great for those cold and rainy days. I could send an afternoon walking around, having coffee and bit of shopping. They have some of my favourites which Tiger, fantastic for gifts; H&M, Newlook, Republic, Topshop oh anddont forget Primemark. It's close to home, which makes this my local shopping mall.
Southside seems to be getting bigger and bigger! The addition of new restaurants and a few new shops, where the likes of hmv had vacated, means it's a very popular shopping location. There are a good range of shops: clothes, coffee, restaurants and beauty. The cinema is one of the nicer in the area - and if you go after 7 the parking is free. Everything you need is in one location (under 1 roof!).
Well laid out shopping centre - with surprisingly useful range of shops, including various bank branches and a post office. I highly recommend Tiger- great shop for odd gifts and home accessories (guess at a push I could also say the same about the pound land).
Our main purpose was a visit to Waitrose but they have a good range of other shops to choose from! Poundland: yay cant beat it. Tiger: Amazing gift/gadget shop with so many cool things you can easily spend a fortune on stuff so cheap it has to be bought! Flight Centre Travel agents the best place in my opinion to get a great deal on flights. Ed's Diner for Chocolate Malts and Burgers! + Many more!
There's loads of cool little crafty stalls in the middle of the centre as well. Good way to kill a few birds with one stone. Looks like they are expanding as well with lots of new units being erected.
Oh yeah and a Cinema upstairs! Definitely going back to check that out :-)
The shopping centre is a bone of contention for those who love to support local businesses, sure.
But I tell you what, having a place where you can pick up some fancy bread from Waitrose, some speciality vegan-friendly food from a Holland & Barrett, a pair of cheap leggings from Primark, some basic Ts from the Gap, a book or two from Waterstones, a bundle of flowers from the flower vendor, some bath goodies from the Body Shop, your age-defying facial wash from Boots and a catalogue to start planning your next package holiday from Thompson Cook all under the same roof is invaluable.
Add to that list a 14-screen cinema with abnormally comfortable stadium seating on the first floor of the shopping centre. ...aaaaaand now I never have to leave Wandsworth again.
I'm in the Southside Shopping Centre practically everyday picking up something for the house, getting some food in, wandering the game shops or trawling through HMV's CDs and DVDs.
Southside has really improved in the last few years, it's clear they've spent a lot on marketing the shopping centre in the last while and the calibur of shops has improved too.
There's an HMV, a Waterstones, a Waitrose, H&M, Primark and Boots amongst others. It's so handy having this in Wandsworth, I practically never have to leave my area!
For those who are local who just want to catch a film, there's also a Cineworld in the shopping centre and an array of restaurants (Nandos etc). The cinema is great, really down to earth and inexpensive. On Tuesdays all films are half price and they also do Orange Wednesdays (2 for 1) if you have an Orange mobile phone.
I love this shopping centre, my friends and I are big fans - who needs to leave the area when we have this at our doorsteps!
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