With a retailing area of 1,883,700 square feet (175,000 m2), Westfield Stratford City owns the third place in the list of biggest shopping centres in the United Kingdom. Since its opening on 3 September 2011, its exotic environment and excellent decoration have positioned it at the top chart as a lifestyle destination for fashion enthusiasts. It is situated at 2 Stratford Place, Montifichet Road, Olympic Park, London E20 1EJ1.
As part of urban regeneration project, Westfield Stratford City has been established adjacent to the London Olympic Park, East Village, Stratford Regional and Stratford International stations. The numbers of floors are three enabling approximately 300 stores to provide their outstanding service. The main three tenants, namely John Lewis department store, Waitrose supermarket, Marks and Spencer department store, are competing constructively under the same roof. These are the retailer tycoons spreading their many stores around the United Kingdom.
Seventy restaurants stretching across four distinct areas in this shopping mall offer an excellent opportunity to experience varieties of cuisines. The Mezzanine casual dining area presents the prominent restaurant of UK, such as Las Iguanas, Giraffe and Wagamama. The lower ground features Harry Ramsden’s, Sticky Rice and other popular restaurants, whereas The Great Eastern Market introduces the contemporary and traditional food courts. Subway, Costa Coffee, EAT, Starbucks, KFC and McDonalds are serving their service with their long-term top class reputation.
Stratford City represents a 24-hour casino (Aspers) with its two bars and 80 seats restaurant. Besides this, this exciting place has three hotels, namely Premier Inn, Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites. They are very much promising to give home-like feel, to serve fresh and exotic foods, and, to ensure a good nights sleep. For entertainment of the visitors, a seventeen screen all digital namely ‘Vue cinema’ shows all recent-released sensational movies all day long.
A car parking of 5,000 spaces and 800-bicycle parking spaces throughout the Stratford City give opportunity to every type of visitors around the London to come anytime. Additional free car parking area situates just outsides the entrance. Moreover, both the existing Stratford Regional station and the new Stratford International station are adjacent to the mall. The main exit of the rail station is conveniently placed at the main gateway of this centre. A bus station with facility for a huge number of buses has made it easily accessible. It is reported that, 80% of the shoppers arrive at the centre with public transport. A new and handsome bridge, The Town Centre Link Bridge, is connecting the centre with these stations over the railway lines.
This largest urban shopping centre in the European Union achieved excellent Breeam rating, which is the official standard of sustainability. The variegated architecture dissembles the information that, this work is of a single company with different changes in different times. The inside part is designed as a crescent-shaped, triple-decker arcade. The Apple Store is kept shiny by ceaseless cleaning and polishing. Westfield Stratford City has been stated to be the first extensive use of Pavegen floor tiles. The floors produce kinetic energy from people who are walking on them. The floors then turn the kinetic energy into electricity.
This magnificent architectural building is a juncture of varieties of fun. Visiting the place with family and friends has always been enjoyable and pleasing. That is why this extraordinary place occupies the top position of all kinds of visitors’ choice around the world.
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