London's Biggest Mall To Open This Week
It may not be the best time for a new shopping mall but London's getting one anyway. The new Westfield Mall which opens on Thursday will cover 43 acres of space and cost £1.7 billion to build. As the Telegraph reports the mall will have 265 shops, a 14-screen movie theater, 50 restaurants, a gym, spa, a library and 4,500 parking spaces. For the luxury-minded shopper the mall has a concierge team of 60 who speak 14 languages total. Valet parking is available as well as handsfree shopping and chauffeur service.
Although the immediate economic forecast is bleak, Westfield's executives are confident that in the long run the mall will prove to be popular. Most of the stores are rented out and it is predicted that 25 million people will visit the mall each year.It will be the largest in-town shopping and leisure destination in Europe.