Last week, Westfield London invited me to go shopping in their massive main location at Shepherd's Bush. I was given £200 in giftcards to spend on fashion, beauty and food for the day. I arrived early in the morning to avoid crowds and was delighted to see most of the shops had their sales on! I picked up two giftcards at the information desk and went on my way to root through the racks.
Westfield offer giftcards in the form of debit cards, each one allowing a maximum of £100 to be put on it. They're reusable and are quite handy to pick up for someone as a present who likes a spot of shopping! One factor that Westfield could improve on is that no shops can tell you how much is left on a card. I had to go back to information each time to check - I'm quite bad with numbers, so trying to guess which card had what on it slowed down quite a few transactions. Also, a few shops don't accept the card in the shopping centre as well as a range of food stalls dotted around (cupcakes, yogurts etc). I think for a general voucher for the shopping centre, all of the shops should accept the card regardless!
I found the shopping centre itself absolutely huge - definitely not something I'm used to (think Dundrum x3). It's really spacious, bright and there's a heap of places to sit down and rest with free wifi. The range of shops is AMAZING; everything from an Urban Outfitters, Whistles, H&M, Zara, New Look and COS. The designer stores are together separately in a section called The Village; Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Prada.. you name it! The food court is fantastic, although admittedly I found it a bit overwhelming when choosing a place to eat because there was so much choice. I eventually settled for a Japanese restaurant called Chikara. I ordered the Squid stir-fried ramen dish (pictured below) with Miso soup. Altogether it was under £10; quite reasonable for such a decent helping of both the meal and soup (which were both delicious, might I add). I paid a visit to Byron later in the day and ordered one of their famous Oreo shakes to go. It was so yummy and it reminded me of Eddie's shakes back home.
Shopping-wise, I got on quite well. The sales were on like I mentioned before, so I was on the hunt for some bargains. COS had the greatest sale section for me and I walked out with three items at fantastic prices! I also picked up some bits from MAC, American Apparel, Topshop, Accessorize and more. To view all of my buys, watch my haul video below!
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would definitely go back for a spot of shopping. Unlike other giant shopping centres I've been in, it isn't claustrophobic at all and there's plenty of room to relax and catch a bite to eat. It's right beside Shepherd's Bush overground and underground, as well as a heap of buses. If you haven't been, definitely give it a whirl! I kept thinking to myself that it was like something you'd see in Panem from The Hunger Games as it was so modern and swish; a genuine treat to pay a visit to.
What I bought..
For more information on Westfield London visit their website here.