- It took 13 million man-hours to build
- Construction used enough concrete to fill 117 Olympic swimming pools
- There are 96 escalators
- Some 7,000 jobs will be created
- 80% of shops specialise in fashion
- Retails come from at least 15 different countries
- And over 20 million people are expected to visit each year.
Westfield London, the pioneering shopping and leisure destination, opened in W12 on October 30th. It is an innovative and dynamic place for a new generation of consumer to shop, to eat, and to meet.
Aspirational, yet inclusive, it is an architecturally stunning showcase for 5 anchor stores: Debenhams, Next, Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Waitrose and over 265 luxury, premium and high street retailers from more than 15 different countries. 80 percent are fashion-focused and 40 are luxury brands housed within the beautiful, boutique-style environment, The Village.
Food is as important as fashion at Westfield London. Nearly 50 exciting eating concepts boast 73 awards between them and offer some 25 styles and nationalities of cooking. 6 new to the UK and of those 5 are first ever seen brands. A bustling cluster of 17 restaurants run the length of Southern Terrace, the pedestrian street of dining, and open cooking brings drama to the collection of 13 counters on The Balcony where fresh food is prepared fast and to order.
Westfield London is as much a meeting hub as a place to shop and eat. A stunning central Atrium, unique in London, will host a full calendar of arts and educational events beneath a spectacular glass roof. A 14-screen state-of-the-art cinema, gym and spa will open in 2010, and a new library serve the local community.
Customers' craving for convenience and desire for indulgence are met by a 70-strong concierge and valet team trained to 5-star hotel standard. Services designed to make the experience compelling and comfortable include personal shopping, style advice, hands-free shopping and valet parking.
New transport links make Westfield London the best connected shopping destination in the UK. Four underground stations provide on average a tube every 5 minutes, an overland station will get you from Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction to Westfield London in under 10 minutes, and two bus stations provide, on average, a bus a minute. Cycle bays, secure pedestrian routes and 4,500 car parking spaces directly beneath Westfield London complete the transport picture.