Travel

My first field trip in London

Arriving in London was the strangest experience I could ever imagine. In my mind, I knew that it was an extended stay but it almost felt unreal. It felt like a holiday. Reality checked in extremely quickly when I realised I had the world’s worst pillows waiting for me in my new home.

Queue my first adventure. I had to brave the tubes to get to a mall, and fast. Luckily for me, Eamon had been in London for a while already and knew the tubes a great deal better than I did. Also, we live a few stops away from one of the biggest malls in South West London. You may have guessed it already, Westfield! As you arrive at Shepherd’s Bush station, it is a beacon of sophistication that looks over the tube station. The behemoth is a mountain of glass and steel and it is BEAUTIFUL.

Inside, the widest array of stores awaited me and although I only needed pillows, I left with much, much more than that! With around 300 retailers, an awesome Kids zone and the widest variety of stores and lifestyle offerings, my mind was blown. It was not just the shops, but the building itself. With a geometric glass ceiling and wooden slat accents, this mall has modern sophistication but still offers the general comforts that minimalism usually forgets. There are seating areas for anyone who needs a quick rest. There are nooks and crannies for everyone and there is enough to see to keep you busy for hours. They even offer you free WiFi (a huge must in my books!)

There are nooks and crannies for everyone and there is enough to see to keep you busy for hours. They even offer you free WiFi (a huge must in my books!)

My favourite points? There is a champagne bar. Taittinger, Bollinger and Lanson. You name it, they have it. The bar is a little pop up in the centre of the mall and oozes sophistication for onlookers. The little seating areas with WiFi create little social hubs that are awesome for those who go to the mall alone and don’t have a friend to keep them occupied while resting. The Lush store, while not the biggest I have seen here, still makes the mall smell exactly like it does on the inside! This was a little reminder of home for me. You can always count on Lush to bring up scent filled emotions.

My last favourite part of the mall would have to be the little pop-up entertainment areas, giant human hamster-balls in a huge water pool is what I experienced. Fun to do, but equally fun to watch the action from far!

This mall is estimated to cost just under 2 billion pounds. What do I think of that spend? I say it is a job well-done! It definitely left me in awe of my first London experience.