Westfield

What else can you possibly do on a day when it’s pouring cats and dogs other than go shopping? And for me shopping in London means one thing: the Westfield shopping centre in White City. Not Oxford Street, which is always so crowded and touristy that I hate it with a passion, not the other Westfield in Stratford, but precisely this very shopping centre in the Shepherd’s Bush area.

I take bus no. 49, which literally takes me to the doorstep of the mall, so I don’t have to soak under the rain.

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This is just a passage between the actual shopping centre and a few restaurants.

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Here is how this passage looks from the top of the escalator which takes me right to the Village section of Westfield.

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Village is where all the luxury brands are concentrated. Being no oligarch wife or daughter (*sigh*), I hardly ever buy much here.

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Even the food they offer here is classy – smoked salmon and champagne for lunch anyone?

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Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friends, so here is a picture of one of my best friends for you.

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Obviously, the cars displayed here are luxury cars as well – this, for example, is Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti (I had to Google the logo!)

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Finally I move to the other, not-so-luxury section, which is so much more dear to my heart: I find that it looks more humanly and down-to-earth in all aspects including the food.

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The shops and stores here belong to high street brands: this, for instance, is the good old Marks & Spencer.

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I hardly ever buy cosmetics from Lush, but I just absolutely love how it smells when you pass by that shop!

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I am now on the first floor, and I know my way around it much better than around the ground floor, probably because that’s where I usually end up doing most of my shopping (and eating – but coming to that later!)

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Thanks to these atriums, you don’t feel that the floors are disconnected from each other.

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And through another atrium I can spot something interesting going on downstairs. It turns out to be an indoor park launched by Westfield together with Barbados for only two weeks this summer.

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Shopping is always nice, of course, but the best place in any shopping centre is obviously its food court, so now we are coming to the most exciting part! Whenever I get hungry in Westfield, in probably 8 cases out of 10 I would eat at Yo! Sushi. They have their own seating area, the usual conveyor belts and pretty good sushi.

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Other places, however, don’t have a dedicated seating area, so, pretty much like everywhere else, people queue at the counters and get their food.

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Then, again like everywhere else, they try to find a spare table at the spacious common dining area.

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Like it’s very often the case with food courts, the stalls here are offering different international options.

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As it’s now lunchtime and Westfield is overall exceptionally busy for a Tuesday, the dining area is pretty full, so finding a table is not going to be an easy task (yes, I know that there is an empty one right in front of me in the picture, but I am not sitting down right now!)

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Even though it’s busy and people are queuing everywhere, Comptoir Libanais doesn’t seem to have a lot of customers at the moment, which is highly surprising, as they do really good food.

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Pho, on the other hand, is quite busy, as always. And they also do really good food. In general, it looks like Far East Asian food is more popular with Westfield shoppers.

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This picture does not contradict what I said above, it’s just that people are queuing on the other side, while I found this empty spot to take a picture.

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Finally I get my Greek halloumi salad and sit down to eat it. This is apparently one of the 20% of all cases when I don’t eat at Yo! Sushi.

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It may seem that my goal here is to take a picture of that Barbados indoor park from another angle, while in fact what I’m trying to do is to get a nice panorama of the whole food court just above it.

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It’s now time to leave, so I take the escalator down to the ground floor. You can see that among all those clothes and jewellery shops there is a Tesla store.

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And of course there are flowers. Funnily, I never noticed that they sold flowers inside the mall. Maybe they didn’t before.

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Outside it is not raining anymore, although it’s still grey and gloomy.

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Right ahead me there is the continuation of the passage I mentioned before, going all the way to Wood Lane.

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I turn back, though, heading towards the Shepherd’s Bush station where I’ll get a bus.

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The Balans Soho Society restaurant always has these wine- or coffee-related quotes on their sandwich board.

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And that’s it for today, folks, here I am right in front of the Shepherd’s Bush underground station, in a minute I will cross the road and get to my bus stop.

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