We are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in London. Now that I live in the South West London/Surrey borders, I do most of my shopping in Kingston Upon Thames. But sometimes I go into Central London, Wimbledon or Richmond, just to mix things up. A couple of weeks ago I was invited for a day at Croydon Centrale. I wouldn’t normally go to that part of Greater London, as it seems like it would be a long way away. But I found out that I can get there within 30 minutes on a train or tram from Wimbledon. So I grabbed the kids for my first solo train journey (without Husband).
Centrale is very nice and modern, but it isn’t a huge shopping centre. This actually makes shopping easier when you have young children (you won’t have a 10-minute walk to the toilets). Centrale does have my two favourite shops – H&M and Zara. And it has my daughter’s favourite shop – Build A Bear. Dubz was not keen when I told him he would get to make a bear. Then he saw that they had a dinosaur. Oh happy days. Dubz was excited to see the Star Wars collection of bears, but dinosaurs remain his number one love. Moozles picked the most economical bear, and I was pleasantly surprised that you could buy and build a bear for just £10.
After happily making a bear and a dinosaur, we went to Gelatos for paninis and ice cream. We then got a tour of Hello Gorgeous, where besides beauty treatments they do family makeovers and photoshoots. So cute. After we said goodbye to the other bloggers, I took the kids to H&M. Moozles has had a major growth spurt this summer and I’ve had to throw away half the contents of her wardrobe. I’m planning to return to Centrale this weekend, but this time without the kids. I fancy new boots from House of Fraser and maybe a facial from Hello Gorgeous. Shopping in London is even better without the kids. 😉
We were invited to experience ‘Build A Bear’, ‘Gelatos’ and ‘Hello Gorgeous’ by Centrale for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.