This monstrous of a mall is quite impressive. It is worth all the hype it has got. Four floors with shiny shops, high end brands including Apple,Prada etc and a lot of options to eat in the food court. The mall comes with an amazing view of an unfinished Olympic stadium as well.
It is getting all the London attention. Worth a visit!! Something to look forward to for east Londoners.
Also, you can enjoy cinema, bowling alley and try your hand on gambling in the UK's largest casino!!
Only concern, Will the 1.9 million square feet shopping centre return it's £1.4bn investment?
Very busy, hot and really a place for shoppig only.
The food corner was too noisy and for such a big shopping center too small.
If you want a quiet meal, this is definitely not the place.
Very easy to reach by Tube, DLR or National Rail.
I'm swaying between 3 and 4 stars.
Yes, it is a huge shopping mall but it is also packed to a point that makes Oxford Street seem empty. The main reason for this IMO is that the (normally pedestrian) space in middle of each floor is full of kiosks that sell everything from soap to pretzels. In the malls I know in the US, the pedestrian sections are much roomier.
Everything is of course brand new but with such dense traffic (I arrived around 1.30pm, foolishly thinking that it might not be very full. I was mistaken) it might not take long before it is worn down.
Only 3 stars because everything is a bit too densely packed for my taste not just the mall itself but also the train platforms at Stratford were bursting at its seams. Westfield in Shepherds Bush is much better in that respect, at least there is a tiny bit of space between the tube station and the mall.
But having said all that, if you do not mind the crowds then you can get pretty much everything here.
Now, when I heard they were opening Westfield in Stratford city I decided, like many of you, to avoid it like the plague for the first few weeks! But as I live a short walk away and on a daily basis walk past it to get to Stratford tube, it was hard to ignore. It wasn't until my girlfriend decided she needed to have a day of shopping and wanted to go. My prior requests to give it a miss for the Western cousin were ignored.
We went inside and in a matter of moments, 5 seconds to be precise, I wanted to get out of there and found the idea of venturing into this androgynous mosh-pit was about as welcome as a punch in the groin.
But, alas I am persuaded. Well, forced is probably a better word. We begin to jellyfish our way between the crowd and small crack appeared in my diplomacy dike and the arsehole held back by it's stones could be held no more and as a matter of urgency I suggested we leave.
All in all not a great experience however I am open to the idea of returning now that riots have died down.
I'll let you know how I get on.
Westfield Stratford City is as good as it is bad, or to put it another way if you love your shops big, shiny and under one roof you will be very happy here. You might even want to live here certainly the people who'd queued for up to 17 hours to get in on the opening day yesterday were not in any hurry to leave!
If you hate crowds, rampant consumerism, shops as high as the eye can see and over-priced coffee (my below average-sized cappuccino from one outlet cost me £2.50) however, then you'll be wanting to sprint out and get back on the Central Line and away as quickly as possible. Except that won't be easy, because as is so often the case in huge malls, it's practically impossible to find the exits.
Despite the conclusion you are probably drawing, I am actually somewhere between the two extremes: shopping is my favourite guilty pleasure, and I'm not to proud to admit to enjoying a bit of me-time spent browsing a well-stocked mall, and WSC is certainly this: I can imagine it being great for those occasions when you have a specific item you really need to get, and your smaller local shops are out of stock.
However, I also find malls on this scale a little agoraphobia-inducing, and would probably only go here occasionally, either when on a sourcing mission or for a bit of occasional retail thereapy. I've seen it probably at its worst (on opening day) but can imagine it getting crowded with possible aggro at busy times.
The architecture is fairly cool and futuristic (no pillars!) and there's a certain novelty value, but I think a trip there is always going to be a bit stressful unless you actually live on the doorstep it's just so big and full of people. I live in Northeast London about 20 mins away by train, and will still probably do most of my high street shopping in the West End and Oxford St.
Therefore I think three stars is the only fair score!
I don't really like shopping well apart from food shopping and and having 3 kids at home and no car means I am always food shopping. But mall shopping not really a pleasure more a necessary evil ..school shoes, clothes for holiday etc.the kids like it here which means we jump on a train from Liverpool Street perhaps once a month to hit the stores. It is right next to Stratford station which is a huge plus for a quick escape. It is very big and not very exciting there is a rather dull Apple store much better to go to Covent Garden and lots of fashion stores that I try not to get dragged into. An ordinary WH Smiths, and a rather nice Marks and Spencers with a great foodhall decent coffee surprisingly. Lovely Waitrose (that seems to be always empty) but has a small butchers.
Its going to be busyget there early, get round quick and get out quicker and it will be pain free. Linger too long and you will be swamped by the masses. It is really really poorly signposted (lose a star for that) it is a total nightmare to find a particular store. And as I am always in a rush to escape I haven't really explored all the bits connected to the main section. Lots of predictable food options that again get very very busy. And you can see the Olympic Park which seems a pretty good reason to visit.
Another soulless uninspiring shopping mall. The only good thing about is that it's more compact then Westfield Shepherd's Bush. You can also avoid most of the shopping centre if you only are headed for the Waitrose/John Lewis/Great Eastern Market by taking the DLR to Stratford International. The rest of the shopping mall is as uninspiring as these kind of places tend to be. Some of the shops are smaller than your average shop on the high street. The restaurants in the mall area too noisy. If you want a quiet meal, this is not the place. For food take the tube into central London. A characterless shopping-mall that fills it's purpose..but not much more. If you love chains go there, if you love places with atmosphere go somewhere else.
Well, its a giant shopping centre so prepare to be exhausted. what i found peculiar about this place is that it fely like Essex had come to Stratford (not that im makign a judgement!) id actually bumped into two 'essex boys' i knew there. The food hall is good, great selection of resteraunts and cafes. Prepare to be tiered and a great place to pick up presents and clothes for teenage relatives.
Better than the average shopping centre, but still leaves a lot to be desired. It is at least clean, and has a very good selection of outlets. They have followed the unfortunate trend shopping centres seem to have developed toward cramming their walkways full of cookie shops and mobile phone salesmen. Whilst the need to maximise retail space is understandable, toning things down a bit would improve the flow of pedestrians greatly. Of course, Westfield want you to walk slowly, since this way you're likely to linger and visit more shops, rather than walking past them. Further, the sign-posting is pretty poor compared to the other Westfield I've visited, in Derby. The transport links are the biggest positive. Very easy to jump on the Tube, DLR or National Rail. Westfield Stratford City enters the leagues of 'tolerable' shopping centres, but there are a lot of improvements to be made.
I like the selection of shops here. The place is buzzing with all types of people. There is not much in the way of seating to rest up, but there are two food areas that I found. You can only amble around due to space and crowds. Nice and easy to get to by train.
The outside is extremely ugly and soulless. Large car parks, massive empty motorway like roads. A massive eyesore
As you go in it is extremely noisy. If you don't have a headache, you probably will get one after half an hour!
I went into Starbucks (only because my friend wanted to use the Free Wifi).
It is milliing around with X factor type/tellywatching masses who are driven by heavy chain marketing and products from China, who do not appear to be fussy aboutnot buying British, noise and or even queues of over 25 at Starbucks. This is a place where people can buy loads of factory made goods. The Starbucks cafe is noisy and unattractive, as well as expensive.
The whole place is noisy and extremely ugly. Trying to find somewhere quiet is next to impossible.
It is a place to buy mass produced gifts, where things are unoriginal.
It is hell!
Westfield/Stratford. What an amazing shopping experience with 1.9 million square foot of shopping space.
I enjoyed my trip to this shopping centre..the Glitz, the glamour and all my fac#vourite high street shops All under one room! ALSO, Wagamamas (my favourite place to eat was also within. 2 thumbs up!
I love this mall. Having to drive out to Lakeside and Bluewater is now a thing of the past or at least a rare thing. Westfield is now on my doorstep and has a great selection of shops to choose from. Also it has lots of great new places to eat. This is long over due for East London and is much needed. Great Mall, Good Mix of Shops and Great Places to Eat!!
I was in Westfield on Wednesday just before midday.
There were quite a lot of people walking around but so few people in the shops.
A pal had the same experience the week before.
My girlfriend has been into a very empty M and S twice during the peak period.
Westfield has opened at the wrong time in the wrong place and I really cannot see it last sadly.
For any shopping review to get 3 stars from me is going some as I'm not a fan! Stratford Westfield has some really good points it is well connected being situated in the middle of a railway junction, it is big but still reasonably compact, it has good eating places, a cinema and more shops than you can shake a stick at. The John Lewis is a really good size and you could buy almost anything you need there alone. The clothes shops seem to outnumber all the rest put together and whatever your taste you should find something to suit. If you have to go shopping and don't want to spend hours tramping around the streets then Westfield is probably a good place to go. It is a bit modern and lacks a bit of charm, the walkways are narrower than the Shepherd's Bush Westfield and it can be very crowded at weekends and before Christmas. One last tip get the guide from the concierge otherwise you might never find that shop you sort of half remembered from you last visit!
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