London day trips for you and your baby

Westfield Stratford City (when only retail therapy will do)

Posted by on Wednesday, 1 February, 2012 in Rainy day, Shopping

It’s all well and good setting out on cultural and/or educational babydaytrips, but sometimes only a spot of retail therapy will do.  On those cold winter days where a trip to your high street would mean constantly adding and removing layers as you go in and out of shops, a shopping mall is the perfect solution.  And so we ended up at Westfield Stratford City…

As you probably already know, Westfield Stratford City is the new shopping centre located at the entrance to the Olympic Park.  It opened in September 2011 and is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, with approximately 70 restaurants and around 250 shops, including a large John Lewis, Waitrose and M&S.  So far, so predictable.  But the family facilities are what really set Westfield Stratford City (and its older sister in Shepherd’s Bush) apart from a trip to Oxford Street or your local high street.

There are three “Parent Rooms” equipped with microwaves and bottle warmers, communal and private feeding areas, spacious baby changing facilities, children’s toilets and a carpeted play area screening children’s television.  In addition, there are two play areas designed for the under 5s; one outside Waitrose, the other in the World Food Court.  For toddlers (and children under 104cm in height) you also have the option to hire a “Kiddy Car” (for a £5 fee) for your child to cruise around the mall.  With lots of family friendly food options and a large food court with plenty of high chairs, Westfield really has made it easy to take your baby shopping.

Interest rating

OK, so it might not have the quirky boutiques of your local high street, but there are still some great shopping, eating and drinking options for parents.  Play areas and parent rooms provide distractions and facilities for the kids.

Contact details

http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/

Telephone: 020 8221 7300

Getting there

Westfield Stratford City is located at the Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20.

By car: This development is so new that it’s not recognised on most SatNavs.  For directions, information about parking charges (first two hours are free) and details of Westfield’s “Find My Car” app for when you get lost in the car park, see: http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/getting-here/getting-there-car/

By train: Westfield Stratford City can be accessed directly from Stratford Regional station (Central and Jubilee Lines, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground, National Rail).  The station is fully accessible.  A new high speed train service runs from King’s Cross St Pancras to Stratford International station.

By bus: 25, 69, 86, 104, 108, 158, 238, 241, 257, 262, 276, 308, 339, 425, 473, D8

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