Spotlight on East Shopping Centre

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Saturday 14th March 2015 sees the grand opening of not only London’s latest shopping centre but it is Europe’s first purpose-built boutique Asian shopping centre, East Shopping Centre, based in Green Street, London E7 – not far from West Ham’s football ground and Newham’s other recently built shopping centre, Westfield Stratford. Following its successful soft launch on January 24th 2015, East Shopping Centre has generated around 200 jobs for the local area as well as injecting much needed enthusiasm for shopping locally. Built on the one acre site of the former bus depot, the centre has retained its original facade but has incorporated the latest eco friendly touches such as solar panels, water flow restrictors, and carefully resourced building materials – protecting resources and saving money too. Green Street has always had an important trade and cultural heritage – my own mother bought her wedding dress from a Green Street dressmaker back in 1962 – and East Shopping Centre hope to build upon and become part of that heritage too.

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So, what’s inside the shopping centre? Major Asian fashion outlets are represented including Zarkan of London, Andaaz Fashion, Memsaab, Imaani London…plus other non fashion companies including Urban Chocolatier and Coffee Republic too. There is a “souk” comprising of smaller, local stores selling everything from costume jewellery to mobile phones – menswear, shoes, bags…

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Overlooking the shopping centre is a spectacular food court where you’ll find food delights such as Piri Piri Chicken from the Roosters chain, desserts and mocktails galore from Lost Asia, American-style burgers from Brioche Burgers… getting hungry?

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Being indoors, the centre is ideal as an all year round shopping venue and with its late night closing time, your shopping pleasure is not hurried.

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So, as I was saying, Saturday 14th March is the official opening day and from 12pm West Ham MP Lyn Brown will be cutting the ribbon. There will be lots going on – the centre will be creating a mela atmosphere with music, dhol players, face painting and much more. East Shopping Centre is also offering raffle tickets giving one lucky winner the chance to win a luxury weekend holiday for two in Dubai, £1000 gift voucher to spend at East Shopping Centre and two iPad Mini 3’s. The first 100 people to arrive on Saturday will receive vouchers to the food court worth £10. All proceeds raised from the raffle will be donated to Masoom, a locally based charity that supports vulnerable women and children around the world.

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East Shopping Centre can be found at 232-236 Green Street, London E7 8LE.

For more information, you can follow East Shopping Centre via their website – www.eastshoppingcentre.com – or via Twitter @EastShopping; Facebook: East Shopping Centre; Instagram: EastShopping

Hope to see you all there! Happy Shopping!

Linda x

All photos have been published with kind permission from Puja Vedi

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11 thoughts on “Spotlight on East Shopping Centre”

    1. Although the centre is catering for the Asian community, it does offer a taste of the exotic to everybody else – the food hall is amazing! 🙂 They’ve just celebrated their first year and footfall has been brilliant. If ever you are in the area, pop along and have a look! 🙂

    1. We have many “malls” in London – we call them shopping centres – they are of various sizes. Some such as Lakeside which is just outside of London close by the River Thames has many shops, department stores, cinemas … and over the opposite bank of the River Thames is another large mall, Bluewater. In London itself we have Westfield Stratford City & Westfield in Shepherds Bush – home to shops, bars, eating places, hotel etc. Then you get the smaller malls & shopping arcades which are just shops/food outlets – some are more specialised – some have markets too like Covent Garden. Every area of London has some kind of facility like this or a High Road – a road lined with shops 😊

    1. It is in the East end of London which has quite a large Asian community. It is a very vibrant area. And the food is delicious! 😊👍

  1. This looks like a great place to check out some interesting shops and food. So much to do in a large city! I love London. I went there in 1998 and want to go back for another visit. So much has changed since I was there.

    1. I was born and brought up in East London and as a teenager I was often found at weekends visiting central London ( mostly Oxford Street/ Carnaby Street). I moved out of London in 1987 but I live just over an hour and a half away from the city and I enjoy visiting whenever I can, usually to see a concert or West End show or to wander around Covent Garden, 😊

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