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Westfield White City and Westfield Stratford

Two huge Westfield shopping centres (or ‘malls’ if you prefer the American term) are within easy reach of central London. There’s no need to make the long trek out to Brent Cross on the outer edge of north west London.

Shopping centres might not be to everyone’s taste, but it has to be said that they’re certainly convenient if you want to do all your shopping under one roof. And a major benefit at both Westfield malls is there are some pretty decent places to eat.

If you’re in London for a short trip, you probably won’t have the time or the inclination to visit both, so here’s a quick summary of what to expect at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford.

Westfield London (White City) – Quick overview

Atrium Westfield White City

The first Westfield, in the Shepherds Bush/White City area of west London, opened in October 2008. It’s built on two levels, square shaped with a large inner atrium giving it a light and airy feel. The walkways are wide, so it doesn’t seem crowded and there’s plenty of seating to rest your weary legs (whether you’ll find a seat at the weekend is another matter).

It’s easy to get to from central London (12 minutes from Oxford Circus by tube).

Westfield Stratford City – Quick overview

Westfield Stratford

Westfield Stratford is London’s newest ‘mall’. It’s located in Stratford right next door to the Olympic Park in east London. Built on three levels in a crescent shape, it’s more compact and easy to walk around with escalators at each end. However, the walkways are narrower giving it a more crowded feel and there aren’t as many places to sit and rest if you’re not eating – most seats are on the top floor.

It’s slightly further from central London (20 minutes from Oxford Circus by tube).


What do they have in common? At both centres women’s clothes and shoe shops are the most common type of shop, including many non-British shops that you won’t find in a typical UK high street. Both Westfields have an Apple store.

The Village Westfiels White City

Westfield London (White City)

There’s a good range of shops from mid-price to designer. Westfield London is definitely the better choice if you’re looking for designer clothes. When the sales are on, if you want to buy quality clothes that will last for many years, it wins hands down as the better of the two place to shop.

311 shops:
British High St shops – All the usual suspects
‘The Village’ – 40  designer shops including Mulberry, Burberry, Gucci, D&G, The Kooples, Louis Vuitton.
Department stores: Debenhams & House of Fraser
Supermarkets: Waitrose & M&S
Bookshops: WHSmith

If you go with someone who hates shopping, there’s a brilliant public library outside near Debenhams.

There’s a Primark in Hammersmith, one stop on the tube from Shepherd’s Bush Market station.

Westfield Stratford City

There’s a better choice of shops to suit the budget-mid range pocket. If you’re on a tight budget then Westfield Stratford is better.

247 shops:
British High St chains – As above, all the usual suspects including Primark
Department stores: John Lewis
Supermarkets: Waitrose
Bookshops: Foyles

Food & Drink

Westfield London (White City)

Around 60 places to eat, so it’s easy to find something to suit your taste and budget. The Balcony area has 13 top-quality fast-food type places (i.e not McDonalds, although if you do crave something similar there’s a Burger King tucked away at the Wood Lane end of the ground floor).

There are branches of EAT and Pret a Manger if you just want a sandwich. For sit-down meals, there’s a decent selection of mid-priced restaurants on the Southern Terrace and more family-friendly restaurants in The Loft.

Westfield Stratford City

There’s slightly more choice at Westfield Stratford with around 70 places to eat. The Fast Food Court on the ground floor is where you’ll find KFC, McDonalds, Spudulike, Subway and Harry Ramsdens (good fish & chips).

A healthier and more varied selection of fast food can be found on the first-floor World Food Court including branches of the wonderful Franco Manca pizzas, Comptoir Libanais & Pho. If you want a restaurant – the choices are similar to Westfield London.


Westfield London (White City)

Free WiFi, left luggage office, 14 screen cinema, library and a gym and spa.

Westfield Stratford City

Free WiFi, left luggage office, 17 screen cinema, Aspers casino, All Star Lanes luxury bowling alley.

Opening hours

Westfield London (White City)

Mon-Wed 10am-9pm
Thur-Fri 10am-10pm
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun 12pm-6pm

Bars and restaurants are open later.

Westfield Straford

Mon-Fri 10am-9pm
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun 12am-6pm

Some shops are open until 10pm (not Sunday). Bars and restaurants are open later.

Transport & Parking

Westfield Stratford City

It’s 20 minutes by tube from Oxford Circus to Stratford. Westfield Stratford is in zone 2/3.

Underground – Stratford (Central Line)
Overground – Stratford
Docklands Light Railway – Stratford

Parking is available. See car park fees. Westfield Stratford is cheaper than Westfield London.

Westfield London (White City)

It’s 12 minutes by tube from Oxford Circus to Shepherd’s Bush. Westfield London is in zone 2.

Underground – Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line) or Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City Line)
Overground – Shepherd’s Bush
There are numerous buses stopping at the bus station right in front of the centre.

Parking is available. See car park fees

Useful Info

There are ‘information screens’ dotted around both centres to help you find the shops you want but they’re slow to use. If you have a smart phone, download their free app (available from the links below) so you can easily find out how to get from shop A to shop B. They’re also useful for finding information on sales, events and meal deals.



Westfield London uk.westfield.com/london

Westfield Stratford uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity