You may think that because kent has Bluewater that local shopping malls would suffer and why bother when you can go bluewater. Well you would be wrong. Bromley's the Glades is a truly innovative and forward thinking shopping experience, there's a shop for every occasion and budget and it's not stuffy or up it's own backside. The staff are helpful, there's plenty of parking (free for disabled) and there's lots of loos and places to eat. Outside there's some wonderful greenery and benches to chill out in the summer and then of course there's the great outdoor shops and markets.
* 365,385 Shoppers per week (*19 million per annum)
* 129 stores
It's not quite Bluewater but its considerably better than Lewisham shopping centre which is a bus ride further down the road.
Beaware of the agency workers that will stop you about side the centre trying to get you to fill in a survey or sign up to something random.
All in all what you would expect from a shopping centre with shops inside and outside with something for everyone.
This shopping mall is quite odd. It's got a pretty decent selection of shops and is generally quite a pleasant place to be, but they've given no thought to the placement of escalators, so you could be anywhere along the main stretch on either floor and you have to walk all the way to the other end to get to an escalator, or find your way to the escalator in Marks and Spencer if you're half way along.
It complements the high street and market square quite nicely, and you can find almost everything you're looking for here :)
Even though it's been eclipsed several times over by the likes of Bluewater, Westfield and no doubt many more to come, I'll always have a certain fondness for The Glades, and will probably always come back here from time to time.
I'll never forget when it first opened (back in the days when buses used to thunder up and down Bromley High Street) and I first discovered the delights of the Mall! There were some dreadfully tacky jewellery shops back then, but as 14-year-olds, we loved it.
Nostalgia aside, this is still a decent place to visit if you want shoes, clothes, sportswear or toiletries. There's a huge Boots, Debenhams, M&S and Zara. It's all quite easy to navigate and manageable, unlike some of today's mega malls shuffles off mumbling about young people. Hurrah for the Glades!
Remember shopping before you moved to London? A distict lack of tourists getting in your way with their slow walking confusion, no need to clutch your bag in fear of dodgy pickpockets on Oxford Street, no walking two miles when you realise you forgot to go to New Look, no nearly getting knocked over by Russian princesses with Gucci bags? Ahh those were the days. If you fancy missing out on all of that once more I would highly recommend The Glades in Bromley. It's small enough to walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes but it has Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Zara, and big H&M. Outside on the high street there is the biggest Primark I have ever seen, Next, Topshopeverything you could need for a day out shopping with no tourists, no crowds, no sixteen branches of Boots none of which stock what you want to buyyou get my picture.
Bus from Lewisham takes about half an hour, shops are all pretty new and smart - surprising given the centre must be twenty years old. Negative points are there aren't that many places to eat but we are talking about shopping here, other than that as an alternative to the frenetic rushing of town on a weekend, it's perfect.
When I lived in Sydenham, The Glades was a definite bonus as was so close, with lots of car parking spaces and a huge variety of shops. It did get quite busy at times, but I never found it too much. It is great with children also, and has good toilet facilities, although the lifts at Waterstones are amazingly slow, but the main shopping centre ones are fine.
One thing worth mentioning is the Santa Grotto at Christmas - good if you have lots of spare cash, but I found it rather expensive and overpriced.
This shopping complex runs pretty much the length of Bromley high street and is definitely the kind of place that's easy to max out the credit card come sale season. Most of the standard high street names you'd expect to find in the complex are there: H&M, Debenhams, French Connection, Virgin, The Link, The Perfume Shop Game, Lillywhites etc. It's arranged over two floors with car parking levels and a swimming pool to the rear. I've found it can be a little too bright and full on sometimes, but if it all gets too much there's got to be about 15 cafés that you can rest up in. Not much there if you're into alternative stuff fairly mainstream, but definitely bargains to be had and a lot easier to get to than many other shopping centres I know. And of course late night openings at all the usual times
This is a really great comprehensive shopping centre - so similar to malls in America. Everything you need is under one roof, it's clean and easy to navigate. Great toilet facilities, especially nappy changing. Good disabled access. A new branch of Starbucks has just opened next to M&S and is my favourite place to be!
The Glades has been my local haunt for many years, and it has steadily been getting better. It has all the major high-street shops like Zara, New Look and Debenhams, plus a small arcade with some independent shops. I like it's new H&M branch, much improved with 3 floors and a stylish layout. There is now a Mango store as well, and I think they're getting a Reiss soon as well. It can get busy at times, so I'd plan your trip well, and I'd recommend venturing onto the high street as well for the full Bromley experience. It is mainstream though, so there are no quirky, vintage finds, but there are some decent charity shops nearby that are worth a visit.
I love to shop in Bromley. The Glades is a large high street shopping mall with large modern shops. There's all the usual outlets that you would find anywhere but I suppose I feel at home there. The main mall leads out into a paved outside shopping area with extra market stalls. At Christmas time there is usually a German market which creates a lovely atmosphere.
when i come to the glades i usually park in a smaller car park to the right of the main one, which is reasonably cheaper as well.
This is one of my favourite shopping centres as there is a vast variety of shops in a small area, so unlike oxford street, i don't have to do too much walking to find what i want.
also they have a nice little pet shop on the ground floor which comes in very handy and you often don't find in shopping centres.
There is not too much in the way of food places other than a jacket potato place and a few slightly expensive sandwich places. But just a small walk outside you are spoilt for choice
For me the Bromley Glades is a great place to shop. It has all the shops that you would want to go to, so there is good choice. I love Karen Millen and I love going to Zara, Dune French Connection and River Island. Bromley Glades has got a large Boots including a Boot Opticians, which is handy too. If all that shopping tires you out, there are some great places to get refreshment. I personally like going get a dougnut and coffee from Krispy Kreme, but if that doesn't take your fancy then there is a McDonalds and other cafe outlets there too. Furthermore, I believe Bromley Glades is the best local shopping mall available for residents of South East London.
I went here a lot as a child with my mum and have good memoires of The Glade shopping centre i always remember the swimming pool you would walk past to get to the shops.The shopping centre has two floors and has all the shops you would expect in a shopping centre.The Glades also have some decent bookshops to.There seems to be clothe shops for women than men.There is also the hight street to explore which has bhs, whsmiths and next outside.There is also a Sussex stationers bookshop which i love , you can get the newest books but at cheap prices in there , if you like books make sure you visit Sussex stationers.The only gripe i have is you have to pay for parking which usually costs me around four pounds for a couple of hours.There are a lot of coffee shops and places to eat, it reminds me Oxford street a bit.
Bromley is a good place to go shopping, not quite as good as when it had two department stores as well, but still good. The Glades shopping Centre runs alongside the High Street and complements it rather than leading shoppers away from it. Over two floors you'll find most of the well known chains including a Debenhams and a very large Marks & Spencer. My favourite store is the pet shop near the entrance to the toilets. There aren't any pet shops near where I live so it's nice to go in there and coo over the guinea pigs and lovebirds.
Great shopping centre - under cover and whilst extensive not so big that you can't visit every shop in a day! Lots of variety. Good food outlet. Parking excellent.
Every thing you could want in one place, the shops are all the ususal ones you would expect to find and there are small cafes to stop off in too. The toilets are always clean and the baby changing facilities are good.
Just outside the glades you will find the high street with even more shops on offer!
Until I discovered Bluewater, this was the best shopping centre in the South-East as far as I was concerned.
It still certainly holds its own. There are the standard retailers you'd expect to find in here, such as H&M and French Connection, and a selection of food and drink places. There is also a cool shop selling sweets and chocolate from America, such as the Big Red chewing gum and different editions of M&Ms.
The nicest place to eat by far is La Giardiana (I can't spell it but you'll find it!) which sells home-made lasagne, as well as sandwiches, baked potatoes, cakes, coffee and the usual things you'd expect; just everything is of a much higher standard. They also offer discounts, mainly for OAPs, so if you're going with your parents or grandparents, this is worth noting.
It is clean, spacious, well lit, bright, airy and air conditioned as well as being safe. The toilets are also very clean and spacious, which makes a change from needing to do advanced yoga just to fit into a cubicle.
Outside there is usually someone selling cheap fruit and veg, which is especially nice in summer. It's also got a Starbucks bang outside and if you continue down the road, you'll find Topshop, Smiths, TK Maxx, Game and an Odeon, as well as Greggs, Fat Face, Primark and other retailers.
The Glades is a good shopping centre. I live in South London and I much prefer to drive to Bromley and shop there than go into London and to Oxford Street. The shopping centre has some very nice shops, all the main high street ones as well as some smaller boutiques. I am planning on going there to do my Christmas shopping in the next couple of weeks. I also like the fact that there is a big Primark in Bromley. That is another incentive for me to go there! I think the Glades lacks nice places to have lunch and I do think that the price of parking is quite expensive.
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