Not to be confused with Westfield London in White City/Shepherd's Bush in West London. And most people feel it should be called Eastfield being in East London, to differentiate them, but as Westfield is part of the Westfield chain of the Australian shopping centre group, then it will continue to cause confusion! And to cause even more confusion, it is in London and not in Stratford upon Avon, a city in Warwickshire in the centre of England, even though it is called Westfield Stratford City!
It is based right next to the London Olympic Park, East Village, Stratford regional and international stations, and has opened the area of East London, and it overshadows the more low key Stratford Shopping Centre with it's traditional East London market in its mall.
It runs events all year round, making it a day out, not just for shopping. Outside in The Street, there is the huge canopy where you can sit back and relax, depending on what is on offer, it can be a jazz night in the summer, or during sporting events, like Wimbledon, you can watch it live.
Great modern new clean mall... All the usual stores as you would expect. Get off at the Stratford tube station and shop away. Also combine it ti a trip around the Olympic Park. All within easy walking distance.
A wonderful treasure in the heart of Newham. With so many variety of interactive things to do and shops to visit. Full of vibrant stores infused with a selection of cultural restaurants to tickle your taste buds and several pubs and bars to relax and drink with friends, you are seriously spoiled for choice. One of the best desicions to place such a grand place, right by the London 2012 Olympic stadium and Queen Elizabeth Park. Great shopping center - tramples Westfield City.
I wrote the following review on another entry for Westfield Stratford in London in Yelp. Here it is:
It was so very convenient to have this very large shopping mall next to our hotel. We always walked through here on the way to the tube (subway) and back to the hotel.
Surprisingly, we did not do much shopping here at all. We only shopped for snacks and meals at Waitrose. We also ate a few times at various places in the food courts here. There were at least two separate food court areas at Westfield. We preferred the one on the lower level.
I really could not tell you if there are good deals at this mall. We did not come even remotely close to exploring the entire mall because it was gigantic. Many shops to choose from here.
We'd normally get back from our day's adventures after 10pm. Although, the shops would be closed. The shopping center was still open. We'd stop at the tables at the food court area to hang out for a bit. Also, we'd use their free Wi-fi!! We had better signal with their wi-fi compared to our hotel's.
We'd start our day and hang out here before using the subway. We'd wait until 9:30am to avoid the crowds and get a better deal on the daily pass. With the exception of Waitrose supermarket and some places in the food courts, the rest of the shops were closed. No chance for my wife to do shopping! Saved a lot of money cause we were here during closing hours.
As I mentioned earlier, having Westfield close by was very convenient. I never thought I'd give a shopping center 5 stars, but they were worth it to me.
Everything under one roof! Absolutely huge. The choice of shops is vast, and everything was clean and tidy, which for Christmas time is no mean feat! I also had a meal in their very large eating area and it was great.
Whoa, I'll be definitely coming back here again...
If I decided to go on a day trip i would make a trip to Stratford Westfield such a huge crazy place I was only there for 45mins and I was taken back, three mega floor.
I could spend stupid amount of money in this place like everyone said below all of the well know restaurant, fashion traders, car park and cinema a absolute all dayer.
I can imaging sale time and how very crowed it would.
Olympic Park is only a stone throw away.
Good transport connection back into the city.
I'll be bring my mom here for sure.
A massive shopping center with pretty much all the major chains present.
It's not the place to go for a quick wonder around but for a heavy duty shopping free it's perfect.
It gets super busy on weekends so I would avoid especially Saturday at all costs! :)
I am going to start by saying I don't like shopping. I shop purely when I need to buy stuff. Stratford is close to me, convenient and has a big choice of shops.
Plus sides: it's easy to navigate, it has the right selection of shops, I can whiz round bloody quickly.
Down sides: it's busy during peak hours (like really, I'm touching shoulders with everyone in here busy). However, on a week day, or an evening, it's much better. Glad to have Stratford Westfield in situ. :)
I don't really like shopping - well apart from food shopping 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 busy...get 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....
This Westfield is nothing like as good as the one in Shepherds Bush. Instead of feeling relaxed and comfortable like you do in the considerably less crowded West London branch, here the place is jam packed and feels very stuffy. The layout isn't as nice either and it lacks some of the more exclusive stores available at the other one.
I'd give it 1 star but it maintains decent opening hours and is close to where I live, with free parking on Saturday mornings! Oh and car park C has the coolest car park entrance ever!
I have fun here at Stratfield. There's a lot of stuff to browse and some of my favourite stores, like David and Goliath and Lakeland (what does that say about me, eh?)
There's also a great bookshop (hard to find in east London) and a Bubbleology where one can sit and people-watch. In terms of food, you can't go wrong with Indigo (and that's from an Indian chef ;)
Clean and spacious - and always warm, which is what you need when London is at minus 4 degrees!! x
This place is the reason why I came to London with a carry-on but left with an extra suitcase filled with my loot. The mall. Saying that word in America brings horrible images to my mind. But since it's a rarity here in London, and because I just happened to be staying at a hotel right within the complex for a few nights on a very brief business trip, I was THRILLED with having so much shopping literally just a few steps away. It was much too convenient for blowing my budget at places like Waitrose, M & S, Boots, Foyle's, etc. Since I didn't need the usual touristy crap (having lived in London previously and having no need for a commemorative egg cup with a photo of a toothy royal on it), I was looking for unusual everyday items that you really don't find much of in the USA.
Ah, Stratford 'City'. Here we go, I'll list the positives first, followed by the negatives.
1. Excellent selection of shops. Pretty much everything you would want is here - cannot be faulted on this.
2. The opening hours are pretty good - it stays open late, aside from on a Sunday.
3. Good selection of eateries, I note they have the cheaper things at the bottom and the more expensive stuff up the top of the store....
1. Badly designed - if your idea of fun is being up close and personal with hordes of rude people and screeching children you will be in heaven at Westfield. Really, if you want to have any sort of enjoyable shopping experience here you need to get there for when the shops open. By the time lunchtime arrives the masses have descended and it is NOT pleasant.
2. Avoid the bottom bit eateries at all cost. I can only describe the McDonalds as akin to barbarian horde. Your chances of getting a seat are slim and if you do, you are likely to find yourself sitting beside a group of bellowing walruses.
So - Westfield Stratford is great for choice but not for an enjoyable shopping experience. My advice, go elsewhere or go armed with beta blockers.
IT IS ABOUT TIME!
At last there is finally a decent place for us East Londoners to go to! Astonished by the crowds of people gathered there on my every visit, I have often wondered where these people resided prior to the opening of Westfield Stratford City.
Getting there isn't a problem. Just take car, bus, train, DLR, overground... you name it! There is everything you would expect to find in a typical Westfield smack bang in the hub of the future Olympics: modern architecture, places to eat, shops, a buzz... everything but SIZE! I only wonder whether it could handle the crowds in August 2012.
Nevertheless, I just want to thank you a million times Westfield for giving us something. Just a place to eat, drink, and shop.
I was happy to have this mall nearby but I try to avoid coming here especially during the weekends. This mall is considered to be the biggest in London but it appears to be too small for the amount of local customers that come here. I am not even describing it from how it was during the Olympics season but just during the normal shopping days. Walking leisurely does not exist here as you constantly bump into people. This place houses many high street brand stores, fast food, restaurants, groceries and more. This mall also provides clean toilet, large parking lot and access to public transport. As a shopper you can really fulfill your shopping needs and plans easily. However, you have to be sure to come or start really early (9 am) otherwise you will get a headache out of the noise and overcrowding.
I can not even imagine how this place would be if the tourists find out about it. It would be just out of this world.
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 don't like the Westfield in Shepherd's Bush, it's too big, too chainy, too flash and too busy for me.
So why the hell do I love this bigger, chainier, flashier, busier East London version? I have no idea, all I know is it's less than 15 mins from my place by public transport, 10 mins by car, has a 14 screen cinema, all star lanes, John Lewis, Hotel chocolat, Waitrose, Bumpkin and I haven't even tried hitting the clothes shops yet or many of the other places yet.
On three levels with great views of the Olympic park, this is a mega-shopping centre that I already see myself visiting quite regularly.
I'm such a hypocrite.
Mega mall but even better than Westfield Shepherds bush since it has a big John Lewis which is my favourite department store. Why battle along Oxford St when you can come here?
You can feel the frisson of shopping and spending money. What recession?! You wouldn't think so visiting this place which was buzzing with people. Perhaps they were all just looking around like me since it recently opened. Like the Shepherds bush Westfield, it's on a huge scale and is well designed and laid out and benefits from being brand new.
Huge food court on the 3rd level with lots of good quality options. I enjoyed chicken and black bean sauce with hand pulled noodles - excellent at Lotus Leaf , sadly not on Yelp....yet.
You can see the Olympic park from the top floor of John Lewis and it's just across the road.
Excellent transport connections with Stratford station (17 platforms including trains to Liverpool St, 2 underground lines and overground) as well as separate stations for DLR and Stratford International station (Hi Speed One to St. Pancras in 7 mins and to Kent ).
It's a mall. It's massive. It's filled with shoppers of ALL description.
Going to Westfield is much like having had a head full of Farrah Fawcett feathered hair. I've done it and don't need to repeat it.
If one has unruly children to tucker out, then haul them to Stratford on a weekend day, and run them up and down the floors of Westfield. Afterward, they'll be put down to bed without a fuss. Nice.
Had a complete experience! Awesome places to shop. Awesome places to see. Awesome places to eat. Awesome places to chill. It was clean. Customer service in all the shops that I went to was awesome. My wife loved it. If she was a billionaire, she'd probably buy every item from the Armani Jeans store.
Not exactly what I had expected, I have to admit.
Spread across three floors, the ground floor seems to be simply mobile stores, banks as M&S while the next two levels you will find a cinema and smaller versions of Oxford Street. There is a large food section, which is great due to the huge crowds, so you will never be without choice.
A good place to venture if the weather is foul and you don't dare walk down Oxford St.
Personally I wil stick to Oxford St.
Thus huge mall at Stratford has virtually all of the big chains represented so most people looking to shop at a chain will find what they are looking for here. Large selection of food from every corner of the world and while quality often is not the best no one needs to go hungry. There is also a decent Waitrose for groceries and a M&S.
Drawbacks of the place is that it is often very crowded, it lacks charm and in general is slightly worse than the Westfield in West London. Opening hours on Sunday is also a joke - why close at 6? Still I do come here since it is fairly convenient for me and they have a good cinema.
I love Westfield at Stratford City...and I love it a lot more than I love Westfield at Shepherd's Bush, although I'm not sure I can put my finger on why that is...
I suspect that the main reason that I love Westfield Stratford City is that it feels like I've shoved aside the standard 8hour Atlantic voyage and transported myself slap bang into North America, and I like it! It's incredibly well designed - I went last night, the Monday before Christmas, when there was a million people there, and even though it was busy, it didn't give me the rage that getting through Oxford Street on any given day does. It was open until 11pm, which is freaking amazing, and freaking ridiculous at the same time!
My boyfriend & I like coming on shopping dates here...we'll browse some of our favourite stores, check out new ones, look at all the delicious little food places, and then choose somewhere yummy to eat. So far we've sampled tapas and cocktails at las iguanas (fairly standard food, but a really excellent waitress), franco manca, INCREDIBLE (& cheap!) pizza which I understand had its roots in Brixton Market, pho (mmmm incredibly yummy vietnamese street food, i love making my soupy goodness so hot it causes me slight pain!), tossed for really great and interesting salad combos (& the servers t-shirts which proudly proclaim 'i'm a tosser' tickle me pink each time), oh and not forgetting the delicious pretzel samples that are ALWAYS on offer.
there's also other great choices such as wahaca (mexican tapas and margaritas, which are definitely on my list to try), jamies italian, tgi friday's, nandos, yo sushi etc. i like trying somewhere different each time i eat out, to my boyfriend's utter despair as he is desperate to play '20 nugget challenge' at mcdonald's. unfortunately for him, that is never going to happen at Westfield Stratford with so many interesting options to work through!
So to sum up; yes, yes, yes, I do like it here!
It's a shopping center and I'am a man, I'm not supposed to like it, but! And it's a big but, it does host Tap East which is one of my favourite booze joints in London so it's it claws back a extra star because of that.
Whoa this place gets busy. I thought it was packed because we were there on the last day of the Jubilee weekend and it was raining, but a co-worker confirmed that It's pretty much always a madhouse.
Your best bet is to arrive early, we got there at 11a and had a good 1-2 hours of enjoying the laws of personal space while walking. Once it hit 2p, the place was heaving. Good mix of high end shops and day-to-day shopping. And I got my American shopping fix with a trip to Forever 21 - but only a longing look at the yet-to-open Victoria's Secret.
The restaurant/food court area is predictably chain-laden (Pizza Express, Tortilla, Nando's, TGI Friday's). Skip the mall food and go to Wahaca, which has a location in the outdoor "The Street" section. There is also a Bumpkin and a Jamie Oliver Italian, if you want a little more oomph to your meal.
I suggest making a day of it, because if you have a list to zip through this place will drive you crazy - better to just mill around. Also, I began to suspect the price points of everything seemed higher. We went to a movie at the Vue Cinema on site and packs of Cadbury's chocolates that are normally £2.15 were £4+ ... whoa. I vote the Iguanas bar as the best deal if you go during their happy hour (all day Sunday and 10-6 during the week, I think, don't quote me on that): 2-for-1 Brazilian inspired cocktails that are strong and well mixed. Plus it's set out of the restaurant and feels more like a bar, and overlooks the Olympic Park area.
Oh, and all the shops are open until 10, every day except Sunday. That's pretty fantastic.
Right now, this place is a 10 minute walk from me and the only reason to give it an extra star.
It quite literally feels like Christmas Shopping everyday. This in essence is everything I hate about Malls. As a yank, I vastly perfer the outdoor malls that is done so well here, although I did get nearly trampled on Oxford Street this week.
What can I say, a mall of this size in London feels wrong to me but yeah, this is the Olympic year and with a great view of the Olympic park from John Lewis, there is no reason to complain.
In addition they have Waitrose, which is the only shop locally to provide me with my Kale Fix. There is also an Olympic image gallery sponsored by Panasonic that is worth a gander.
It's nearly Oxford Street indoors and if you haven't been, I think worth the visit. Just get ready to throw elbows. Wear protection if available, I wish I had my brother's old Tae Kwon Do padding for moments like these.
I liked Westfield Shebu. It is only 10 minutes walk from me. But Westfield Stratford City is even more fun. Well its cheap and cheerful with no pretence that it is a mall and not some high class bond street style mall craptacular. (Hint hint, i think designer malls don't work in the UK...)
It's friendly, cheerful with a John Lewis in it. What more do you want?
Well, not 45 minutes away for a starter...
PS Victoria Secret is going to open here soon. That's also a plus.
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.
The mall itself was fine and easy to get to, but the people were a little.....ghetto? I got ran over by two families and pushed around way more than Im used to. The company was mostly annoying teenagers :)
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?
This place is amaze great place to shop and grub on something u can get pretty much everything here , they got movie theatre , a bowling ally even a casino love this place..
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.
As far as shopping centres go, this one is epic. I feel like I could get lost here for a whole day! There isn't much that's unique or special about it but is has everything you need to spend a whole day enjoying capitalism!
This place is a zoo. The only reason I come here is to visit Tap East, the brewpub located here. Kind of a silly reason to visit one of London's largest shopping centres, but there you go.
i've been a little homesick lately w/ thanksgiving coming up and not being able to go home. if you're an american, and you feel the same, then get your butt over to the westfield in stratford ASAP. there are westfield malls all over CA, and this one made me feel like i was at home.
not only do you have all your typical clothing stores, starbucks, movie theatre, and food court, BUT there is also a forever 21 and (wait for it...) a FENTONS. if you are an east bay native like i am, you know what that is. i was shocked beyond belief!! a pinkberry is also coming soon!
the movie theatre here is great, and you can pre-book your seats (which was necessary for twilight). the food court is awesome and contains many restaurants around london, including pho, rosa's thai, tortilla, and FRANCO MANCA. there was a pizza express nearby the FM, and i couldn't believe there were more people eating at pizza express!
anyway, i will definitely be back to get my fill of americana.
As the largest shopping mall in Europe, the Westfield Stratford City certainly outdoes its sister property in Shepard's Bush in terms of the number and assortment of merchants present. The property is entirely new and boasts three floors of shopping, an impressively expansive food court and an upper restaurant floor, an outdoor shopping promenade (think Westfield LA Century City or San Diego), a Vue theater and posh bowling lanes (almost like Lucky Strikes). Easily accessible via tube on the Jubilee line or the DLR, Stratford station.
This mall has become the social hub of East London. Being a student from the area, I find myself in Westfield more often than not. There is plenty to do there with an unrivalled selection of stores, restaurants, cinema, bowling etc. I've seen many complaints about space and screaming children but what do you expect from a place that caters for so many? Is it really that much different from the claustrophobic Oxford St? The views of the Olympic Stadium are great too! (Be sure to checkout Las Iguanas on a weekday - 2 for 1 cocktails and a great view of the Olympic Stadium)
For me this is as good as a mall can get, just compare it the Stratford Mall across the road and you'll see the start contrast in quality. It's always clean and has promotional offers flying around too (can't be said for Stratford Mall!)
It has been a real shot in the arm for the area itself and is a lasting legacy of the Olympics in London.
...This all sounds a bit like my Architecture essay!
Why does the information make this one sound like the one in Shepard's bush??? This one is next to the Stratford station stop, so don't get confused!!! This is supposedly the "biggest mall" in.. EU? or was it UK? Anyways it's decently new, so big that it will take you hours to finish. There's a load of shops, but not a lot of places that I like to shop at, but I think it's a great place to go, get some free sample sized pretzels, people watch...or just waste time on a rainy day. I'd avoid on weekends, last time I went, a couple of days after it opened, we could barely get through the door, once we did it took a long time to get past the first part of the mall because there were so many people, I swear, it was like a parade, you would think it is if you looked from afar...there were crowds trying to get on the escalator!! I went back on a weekday after, and it was much more calmer, but still very busy.
Oh there was also a celebrity the day i went...i don't know who he was though..maybe some british rapper :P
I didn't mind this Westfield don't get me wrong and it has a few shops the other westfield at white city doesn't have. However for me its nothing special to travel from SW london to the east when I have one pretty close to my doorstep. Maybe if I lived closer I would frequent it more.
I was in town to play a poker tournament at Aspers Casino inside Westfield Stratford City, and I have to say it was a great location to be stuck playing poker. On a break, I was able to get a SIM card from Three, and I got to eat at Nando's plus a few other restaurants. Lots of variety, but a huge mall is nothing new to this American.
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