Housed in an impressive grade II-listed building in the heart of cosmopolitan Bayswater, Whiteleys is the capital’s oldest shopping mall and is a true attraction for anyone hoping for some much-needed retail therapy during their time in London.
Opened in 1845 by the serial entrepreneur William Whiteley, by 1890, the centre employed more than 6,000 staff and was renowned throughout the country as being the place to go for anyone looking for outstanding shopping in the capital.
Running for more than 500 ft along Queensway in the heart of Bayswater, the imposing frontage of Whiteleys was, and still is, a sight to behold and will leave a lasting impression on visitors.
Today, some of the biggest names in retail can be found at Whiteleys, as well as many bespoke boutiques that aren’t located anywhere else.
Open daily from 8am until midnight Mondays to Saturdays and from 8.30am until midnight on Sundays, the mall offers such famous names as the GAP, H&M, House of Fashion, JD Sports, Kurt Geiger, Karen Millen, Marks & Spencer, The Body Shop, Zara and many more.
Guests looking for a bite to eat during their stay can enjoy a taste of Asia at Chi Wok, of Italy at Pizza Express or Japan at Yo! Sushi!. Other options for a light bite include coffee houses Starbucks and Costa Coffee, while independent eateries include Urban Social, Cranberry and Goffre Waffle & Juice Bar.
Meanwhile, visitors can also sit back and relax when visiting Whiteleys at the centre’s many other attractions, such as All Star Lanes, which offers a boutique ten-pin bowling experience to help keep guests entertained throughout their stay.
Whiteleys can be found at the historic Queensway in the bustling district of Bayswater in west London. The shopping centre can be reached via a range of nearby Tube stations, including Bayswater, Queensway, Lancaster Gate and Paddington – Underground.
It is also in easy walking distance of Paddington Railway Station, making Whiteleys a great choice for anyone planning a short visit to the capital but looking for great shopping during their stay at Hotels Near Hyde Park.