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Nevercan Fri 16-Sep-11 13:59:00

Anyone been to the new westfields shopping centre in Stratford? What's it like?

LordOfTheFlies Fri 16-Sep-11 14:13:18

Haven't been, am planning a visit but I would go by train.

I posted the same question in chat on Wednesday, and no replies sad

It looked busy on the news though!

CrispyHedgehog Fri 16-Sep-11 14:14:03

I haven't been but my cleaner has and she said it's amazing grin

VivaLeBeaver Fri 16-Sep-11 14:23:15

I would love to go but it's a long way from me.

FIFIBEBE Fri 16-Sep-11 15:12:05

Went yesterday on train from Richmond. 1 hour journey time door to enormous door. Huge, lots of store manager types trying to get things running smoothly, yet staff in shops who haven't really got the hang of putting a coffee through the till yet etc etc. John Lewis is lovely but so is the Oxford St branch. More downmarket than White City, big Primark, New Look and Forever 21. Very few luxury or niche retailers. Views of the Olympic park are spectacular though.

LordOfTheFlies Fri 16-Sep-11 17:06:17

My regular haunt is Lakeside or Bluewater if I want Lakeland or John Lewis (both at Westfields I see from their website). Plus for Bluewater I've got £3 bridge and tunnel tolls.

(I'm not looking for luxery or niche-common as muck grin ) and I'm 5 stops on the train, so I'm definately going to mosey on down.

LordOfTheFlies Sat 17-Sep-11 19:08:31

I went there today (I know ,how mad to go the first Saturday blush )

It was sooooo busy. Took ages to get through the lower ground level-the entry level from the Underground- because that's the Food Hall area.

Went to John Lewis, M&S ,The Entertainer and Lakeland Limited but it was so rammed I CBA lokking further.Lots of small children and babies in buggies too, had to be careful with my bags so as not to knock them.

Will definately go back at the end of November with DH for our DC-free Christmas shopping, but on a weekday.
I'd say it's on a par with Bluewater (and it's got a Primark which BW hasn't) but I would have to find out how to drive there.Save myself an M25 trip and bridge/tunnel £3.

NatureAbhorsAHoover Sat 17-Sep-11 23:16:32

I'm Australian.... YAY WESTFIELD rah rah rah..

It's part of our evil plan to make London feel like back home in Sydneygrin

pozzled Sat 17-Sep-11 23:23:05

I've been and thought it was really good. But then I'm just really happy to have a decent shopping centre I can get to on public transport.

But as FIFIBEBE says, lots of staff who are obviously very new, so service was slow.

edam Sat 17-Sep-11 23:30:44

They've recruited lots of people who aren't very good at reading and writing - given them extra literacy support and stuff - so, if many of the members of staff haven't worked in a shop before, and perhaps struggle to read instructions, you can see why it might be a little slow at first. (Was in the Evening Standard, to do with their campaign about tackling poor literacy across London.)

edam Sat 17-Sep-11 23:32:10

Btw, how easy is it to get into the Centre from the railway station and then find your way to Car Park B? I have to do that tomorrow morning...

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