I went over to check out the new Westfield yesterday with my sister and lets just say NEVER AGAIN!
Really and truly, I should have known:
- Firstly, they opened on a Tuesday- no tangible shopping centre I know, opens at the beginning of the week.
- Secondly they named it the same name as a shopping centre thats already open- why??
- Thirdly, Stratford as an area, is still in major development- I chose to take the bus and it seems like there are a lot of regeneration projects happening in the area (including the stations) and so traffic is a bit ridiculous.
I was disappointed to be honest- terribly so. I couldn't even find the MAC store (I checked on the website when I got home and its another store that's 'opening soon'). If you hate large crowds then STAY AWAY. There were soo many people it gave me a bit of a headache by the time I got to the second floor. I hate giving bad reviews- so I tend to keep my mouth shut but I feel its my duty to let you know that it really is a waste of time going there...but check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!
The only upside is the food. There is quite a range- from fresh Caribbean food to fresh Italian pasta and a speciality bread shop plus everything in-between including a Greggs (my biggest shock after Primark). What caught my eye was a really cute little Italian fresh pasta deli on the ground floor. The people that work there are real Italians, and the pasta is made fresh right in fount of you! The chef was using one of those roller machines to stretch out the pasta- it was soo cool to watch! And the price of the food was quite reasonable.
All-in-all, my conclusion as I left to go home was 'Never Again' but maybe my judgement is too hasty so I shall try again when more of their stores have opened and the hype has died down a little.