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Westfields Shopping: High Street vs. High Roof

So if you ever get tired and weary of trudging up and down crowded High Street, especially Oxford Street which is just unbearable on the weekends, then head over to Westfields at Shepard’s Bush.  Westfields just opened last year before Christmas time and it is the best indoor mall in London.  The first time I walked into there it was like being back home (States) at our local mall since the high street model has fallen out of style other than quaint main streets in small towns.  This is the case at least for where I live in Virginia.  Westfields holds all the high street shopping under one roof so you never have to worry about the rain or finding the next tube station down the road because everything is convenient in the shopping centre.  You’ll find your main departments stores such as Debenhams, House of Frasier and your favourites off the high street including Zara, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, H&M, Gap, Aldo….the list really just goes on and on.  You don’t have to worry about the crowds too much, the walkways are the widest I have seen and they have plenty of seating where you can take a break and have a smoothie from Boost or a coffee at one of the many cafes around the shop.  You can even stop for dinner at any of the dozen of well-known restaurants located inside and outside Westfields.  Also, a movie theatre is going to open soon so you really can make it a full day.

This is where I spent this rainy Saturday today and I finally came away with the essential summer clothes I have been lacking these past few weeks of nice, warm London weather.  Had a smoothie then headed on back to Angel all under 3 hours. Whoohoo.  Where you feel you need a new outfit, or retail therapy or even just to help the economy out, Westfields should be at the top of your list!

Westfields London Shopping Centre

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

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Quick hit: london recommendations by the trendy

Or at least that’s how it feels from the look of  this slick/pretty website

Stumbled across this recently and am still enjoying it – they have maps of unique and interesting places to visit in cities around the world. The London one is pretty decent – a good mix of obvious and more difficult suss out yourself hip things. I don’t agree with everything they recommend – the White Lion Pub in their Covent Garden section, for example, is always so mobbed with people I wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole when I lived around there – but all in all pretty cool.

Word of warning: this is definitely aimed towards those who have a bit of cash for shopping and eating, but they list a lot of gems so check it out.

(http://www.superfuture.com/supertravel/)


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