Sunday, December 06, 2015

WHERE SHOPPING IS GREAT...IN LONDON (part 2)



Our recent visit to London with Malaysia Airlines (MAB) and Visit Britain (VB) enabled us to discover #shoppingisGREAT indeed in Britain. Retail therapy is a joy thanks to the utterly mind-boggling variety available.
Posh stops like Bicester Village and Burlington Arcade - refer earlier blogpost here: http://www.jommakanlife.com/2015/11/where-shopping-is-greatin-london.html - are eminently suitable for the well-heeled but there are two other top retail spots that caught our fancy too. Depending on the size of your bank account, both Westfield London and Borough Market offer plenty of choices and places to fritter your time and money away.

WESTFIELD LONDON
Shopaholics staying at Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush will be delighted to know this sprawling mall is merely 10-15 minutes away on foot. Spacious and well-lit, it houses more than 300 retail shops, from high street to high end brands.
 
Recent expansion has also seen the opening of The Village at Westfield London, a lifestyle haven dedicated to luxury names like Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Versace, Prada, Aquascutum, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co, etc.
 
The newly refurbished Debenhams department store is one of the major tenants here, occupying 140,000sq.ft. We had a field day just browsing through the huge Marks & Spencer store which included a cosy café.
Pix courtesy of Chasingfooddreams.com
Personal Shopper, Handsfree Shopping and Valet Parking services are provided to make shopping a breeze at Westfield. When we were there, the remodelled Southern Terrace just opened with a slew of new F&B outlets: Itsu, Zizzi and Five Guys in addition to an interactive Santa’s Grotto with Shrek this Christmas!
 
Great buys include pretty tin boxes of shortbread from either M&S or Debenhams, designer leather bags (Fossil, Coach, Burberry?), apparel from the many boutiques and high street stores, beauty and personal care items from Boots and edible goodies from Waitrose.
Parents can also keep their children occupied at KidZania London. A quick tour of the place proved enlightening as Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush has a miniature reception cum check-in desk and bedroom in this 75,000sq.ft. child-size city.
 
Designed to empower and inspire kids on real life occupations, KidZania enables young visitors from aged 4-14 to try role-playing the part of a fire fighter, actor, radio announcer, journalist, doctor, cashier, artist, etc. 
 
The different role play sections have informative plaques to show the minimum age requirement for activities available; staff are deployed to guide the young guests along.
For more information on Westfield London, visit: https://uk.westfield.com/london while details on KidZania London, visit: http://london.kidzania.com/en-uk


BOROUGH MARKET
A compelling stopover for serious foodies like us. London’s most famous food market is stuffed to the gills with fresh and cooked British produce, and abundant artisanal food & drinks.
Heaven is indeed a place on earth for us as temptations beckon from every nook and corner. We tried scores of delectable stuff: cheeses, biscuits, cakes, salted beef sandwich, ice creams, paella and a surprisingly decent Malaysian curry!
The orderly layout of the stalls and shops makes it a stimulating feast for the senses. There is even a leafy section for patrons to sit and enjoy a breather which was what we did.
 
For more information about Borough Market, visit: http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/

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Thank you Malaysia Airlines, Visit Britain & Dorsett Hospitality International for all courtesies accorded to us during the London fam trip.

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