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Shop ’til you drop: London’s best shopping centres

It’s not a hidden secret that England’s capital is a shopper’s dream. From the world-famous Oxford Street to upmarket Knightsbridge, our streets are lined with boutique designer shops, high-street brand favourites and just about everything else in between.

Over the last 10 years, there has been an influx of shopping centres cropping up in London, offering residents and tourists even more choice when it comes to places to enjoy some serious retail therapy.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best shopping centres in London, along with the areas they’re located. If you’re a shopaholic, then you might want to pay extra attention to the location so that you can find your next rental home just moments from a retail delight.

Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush and Stratford

Perhaps the most modern shopping centre in London, Westfield first opened in the UK in Hammersmith, with a second centre in Stratford opening just in time for the 2012 Olympics. Westfield does well to combine high-street brand favourites with more luxurious, high-end brands which can be found in ‘The Village’ section of the shopping centre.

Shepherd’s Bush is a popular west-London area known for Shepherd’s Bush Market. Rental averages in the W12 postcode are £2,280 per month. Stratford, the second location of Westfield, offers rental averages of £1,815 per month. The area also benefits from easy access to the Olympic Village and The London Stadium.

Intu Bromley, Bromley

Intu Bromley, formerly knows as The Glades, has been standing tall in BR2 since 1991 and is very much the centrepiece of this town located right on the outskirts of south east London. While it’s not the largest of shopping centres, there is a good mix of restaurants and shops to give the residents of Bromley plenty of choice.

Bromley also offers direct trains to central London in 20 minutes, as well as open spaces and a range of modern rental properties. Averages rents in Bromley are £1,715 per month.

Whiteleys, Queensway and Bayswater

Certainly one of London’s prettiest and most prestigious shopping centres, Whitleys is a Grade II listed building that opened in 1912. The colonnaded facade still dominates Queensway and Bayswater, managing to keep many of its original features including the sweeping La Scala staircase, marbled floor and tiered atrium.

The west London areas of Queensway and Bayswater are very much in demand, with people enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and variety of cuisines on offer. The areas also happen to be a short bus ride away from London’s West End. Average rental prices are £3,320 per month.

Brent Cross, Brent

Brent Cross shopping centre can offer one very appealing factor rarely found in other London shopping centre: free parking. That’s right; there is no cost to visit this north London shopping centre that houses heavyweights such as John Lewis, Fenwicks, an Apple Store and a host of restaurants.

Brent Cross shopping centre is conveniently located near by several popular areas, including Colindale, Hendon and Golders Green.

One New Change, The City

The only shopping centre located in The City of London, One New Change comprises both retail and office space. Opened in 2010, it features fashion favourites such as Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Hacket, Kurt Geiger and Topshop.

One New Change enjoys a location right next to St Paul’s Cathedral as well as the business hub found of Cheapside. The properties are mainly sought after from professionals working in the City, and the average cost of a property is around £2,795 per month.

Canary Wharf Shopping Centre, Canary Wharf

As far as London areas go, Canary Wharf is still relatively new, with much of its construction taking place over the last 20 years. This has allowed the shopping centre to become the main amenity. Split into five sections, it offers small boutiques, large shops, an Everyman Cinema, food markets stores, fitness centres and luxury restaurants.

Previously unknown as a residential area, Canary Wharf is becoming one of the prime places to live in London. Imposing skyscrapers dominate the London skyline while the many waterfronts add a touch of tranquility. Average rents in Canary Wharf are £2,800 per month.

The Brunswick, Bloomsbury

Another Grade II listed building, The Brunswick shopping centre was built in the 1960s and is a prime example of modernist architecture. The shopping centre has been used in several films and even has an art house cinema of its own, The Renoir Cinema. There is also a selection of stores including Hobbs, River Island and Baby Gap.

Central London is arguably the most sought after area to live in the whole of the UK, which means that rents do not come cheap. In fact, average rental prices in the West End are just under £6,000 per month.

November 10, 2016 rentonomy London Living