Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Brent Cross, London
Management Off Prince Charles Drive, London NW4 3FP
- Brent Cross Station (0.6 km)
- Hendon Central Station (0.9 km)
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020 8202 8095
44 reviews of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in English
Still one of my favourite shopping malls! it may be small by todays standards but Brent Cross has everything you need for a fun days shopping. From John Lewis one end to Fenwick the other end, you have a huge Boots and Marks and Spencers and a Waitrose. There is also an excellent array of high quality clothes and shoe stores such as Karen Millen amongst the usual high street brands of monsoon and Top Shop.also check out the food and cafe area-Wagamamas is always a popular choice. the mall offers free parking and a good choice of buses in and out too.
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Oh dear, what can I say that has not been said already. Easy to get too if there are no road works or hold ups on the north circular. Plenty of parking. I would say it is handy if you like all your shops under one roof. Don't expect too many bargains.
How can such a big center feel so small? Blame American style kiosks shoved in every corner of this complex for the claustrophobia. I'd love to be able to review more stores, but after one hour there I was climbing the walls and had to leave via the dreary carpark.
Poor Brent Cross. Back in the day I thought BC was rad, but this was before I discovered Oxford Street and every other shopping centre.
The main pull was the massive glittery fountain in the centre but since they scrapped that it's really quite ordinary. A nice selection of high street stores and posh shoe shops but I always find I leave there empty handed and not finding anything I wanted. And also hungry, the food court is cack. There is an absurdly large Fenwicks though so if you're looking to have a retail binge on cutlery then you'll love it.
It's definitely aimed for the higher income nouveau riche that occupy the nicer sides of Norf Weezy London.
An absolutely horrendous hell hole. Do no approach within 10 weeks either side of Christmas!
Although I suppose that is true of any city cetnre shopping complex, I saw nothing about Brent Cross that made it a 'must visit' location.
Visiting this shopping centre is akin to what I would imagine visiting a sado masochistic parlour, would be…......you should expect to be humiliated, punished, lose your money and go home licking your wounds.
Overreaction? Well consider the HUGE crowds and terrible traffic problems, the unexceptional stores (can find them in most High Streets) and why would you go to this shitty part of town when you can go to the gloriously extravagant Westfields or the always awesome West End?
I went on a weekend a year or so ago. The North circular road is the grimest,ugly concrete, speed camera laden road in England, and North London, especially Finchley,Golders Green and Hendon are the arse end of London.
I was stuck in traffic for 1 hour on this forsaken road.
Than waiting for a parking space to emerge was like waiting to glimpse the Loch Ness monster.
Inside the shopping centre was heaving (dont these people have anywhere better to go?)I was shoulder barged a couple of times by other shoppers thats how bad it was.
The humiliation aspect kicked in, when we tried queing for the piza express buffett.
Every food chain we went to there were massive lengthy queues and once we got to the front of the queue to be served, some hysterical lithuanian midget screamed at me that there were no margherita pizzas to be served, as she was still waiting for them to be cooked. Now this kind of “sod off and die for asking me to do my job politely” attitude may be all the rage in downtown Vilnius but I wasnt too impressed at being shouted at for asking for something off the menu. I than asked in quick succession if several other pizzas were available and was met with the same truculent response. We cut our losses and split.
Later on after eating elsewhere I walked passed the same queue and observed a young Dizee Rascal wanabee upon being told he couldnt have his pizza calling the same Lithuanian ” a pu##y h#e b#i##h”.......
That probably wasn’t quite the vernacular I would have used, but somehow It was apt to describe the whole of this shopping centre.
I started going here in the late 1980s with my dad, because we did the weekly Waitrose shop here. When I was 17, I got a job here in one of the smaller retailers.
The place looks a little drab and even austere, and outdated, both inside and out, and I guess it is just sentimentality that keeps me going back, that and the fact it’s just a short ride on the 210 bus from my old home in Hampstead.
There is a food hall upstairs with the usual suspects like Pizza Hut (McDonalds and Millie’s Cookies are located near the Waitrose and Fenwicks stores) and the welcome additions of Yo Sushi, Wagamama and a bagel place. Queues can be horrendous though.
There is nothing novel or exciting shop-wise; the mandatory HMV, JD Sports, WH Smith, Early Learning Centre etc, although they tried to posh it up a bit with shops like Rigby & Peller making an appearance over recent years.
It’s a day out and it’s ok but it’s nothing special.
When it comes to shopping malls at my end of the city, there is only one choice for me - Brent Cross.
Despite the new, mega-sized rival recently opened for business, Brent Cross still has the edge due to unlimited, FREE parking offered to its customers. You’ll be hard pressed to find such thing anywhere in this day and age.
Brent Cross is one of the oldest shopping centres in London. It was built in the seventies, but it is still in excellent state, offering a wide range of shops and services. All the usual high street suspect are here, making this a very convenient place to shop on those miserable wet winter days. At the weekends the crowds can get overwhelming, so the best time to come and shop here is during the week. It’ll definitely feel a more civilized and stress-free experience.
I never leave Brent Cross without visiting Carluccio’s, situated in the Fenwick department store. Their Italian fare is excellent. Those dieting plans as well as resolutions to cut spending will be flying out of the window, once you find yourself there. :)
I love shopping centres…my natural inclanation to laziness makes them perfect for me, as I don’t have to leave one building, and can still get everything!
As shopping centres go Brent Cross is a pretty good one, has a good lots of shops, most of them are of a decent size, and you can pretty much get want your looking for! (It’s just a bit of a pain to get to!)
Brent Cross is a good shopping centre - it is very big with a wide range of shops and places to eat. Has something for everyone.
I’ve only been a couple of times as I don’t live particularly close but I think that it would be ideal for people who live within, say, 20 mins, but otherwise not really worth going. In the past it may have been more impressive but now, with the opening of Westfields, it doesn’t seem so great. The place obviously looks quite run down in comparison and the choice of shops/restaurants isn’t as good.
Overall, I’d say this is a good place to go for people who live locally but, personally, I wouldn’t need to go there again with the opening of Westfield.
I really like brent cross, and its not far from where i live, but mainly because its so totally HUGE. And it’s got some really nice places to eat, and it is really efficient, and it has all the high street shops. Its also really nice and airy.. well not in the sales but,, yeaa.. and its really clean, and did i mension its realllly big?
When I was growing up, I was vaguely hearing how it was the ideal shopping area in London. I went there the other week, and it was amazing how run-down it seemed. Everything worked, but in a half-bothered 1980s grey way, and there was no joy to the art of shopping. And when there are so many other places to go to now, why would you come here?
Suffice to say that when they wanted to replicate a shootout in a German car park for Tomorrow Never Dies, they came here.
This is place is so handy for me. I like the fact that it isn’t absolutely massive. It’s easy to get around, though at the week end it does get too busy for me. There are a good range of shops, although there’s been a change fairly recently to include shops like Zara and a couple of shops have been revamped. They also put on events like dancers/ bagpipers/trampolines for kids occassionally which are a big hit. There are a variety of foody places to choose from too.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre is located very close to Staples Corner, the beginning of the M1. It has loads of free parking and a bus station in the centre. As for the Tube, well, don’t be fooled, Brent Cross Tube Station is at least 10 mins walk from the centre, but there’s a bus which goes from outside the station. as for the shops, there is quite a range of both men’s and women’s fashion amongst the general everyday highstreet stores such as Smiths, Boots & HMV…and not forgetting the phone shops! There is however, both a JOhn lewis at one end and a Fenwick at the other! Is worth a visit if you ever happen to experience that of the North Circular!
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