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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. One in west London (Westfield London) and another in east London (Westfield Stratford).

Shopping centres might not be to everyone’s taste, but they’re 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 too.

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 both centres.




Westfield London – 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 – quick overview

Westfield Stratford

Westfield Stratford is London’s newest ‘mall’ opened in 2011. It’s located in Stratford 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).

Shops

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 not normally found on the UK high street.

Both Westfields have an Apple store.

The Village Westfiels White City

Westfield London

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.

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

If you’re with someone who hates shopping, there’s a good 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

Around 60 places to eat, so it’s easy to find something to suit your taste and budget. The Balcony food court area has 13 top-quality fast-food type places.

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.

Facilities

Westfield London

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 bowling alley.

Opening hours

Westfield London has longer opening hours

Westfield London

Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Some shops have different opening hours. Bars and restaurants are open later.

Westfield Straford City

Monday-Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 9am-9pm
Sunday 12am-6pm

Some shops have different opening hours. Bars and restaurants are open later.

Transport & Parking

Both are pretty easy to reach by tube from central London. Westfield London is closer to the centre.

In terms of parking fees, Westfield Stratford is cheaper than Westfield London.

Westfield London

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

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.

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 apps (available from the links below) to find out how to get from shop A to shop B. They’re useful for finding information on sales, events and meal deals as well.

Map – Westfield London & Westfield Stratford

Websites

Westfield London uk.westfield.com/london

Westfield Stratford uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity