One New Change is the new shopping centre now open, located on London’s Cheapside, opposite St Paul’s Cathedral. I was excited to visit as I am currently working in North London, and my bus home conveniently passes straight by. I have been used to working next to big shopping meccas such as Oxford Street, Westfield White City and Spitalfields. So, this has happened to open at exactly at the right time. The shot above is the one I have seen on al the marketing campaigns – easy to see why.
I spied some attractive window displays – all very camel, grey, shorts with tights, shearling, faux fur, animal print and shoe boots…
Somewhat surprisingly, my favourite fashion shop tonight was Wallis. I loved their 1923 range. Also, Next came out on tops for lovely winter kidswear, although I did spy a Baby Gap too. I do sometimes find Gap a little pricey for baby basic tops and bottoms.
The biggest selling point – the view of St Paul’s… beautiful by night
Overall, One New Change is certainly built for it’s purpose. A lot of the stores offer a huge range of what could be considered ‘work wear’, which is to be expected as it is serving the millions of offices it is surrounded by (I’ve never seen so many tights!). I did find the centres design a little ‘draughty’, the wind really whistles through and you don’t get the cosy feeling of an indoor centre – no music outside the stores. But then I don’t think that is the point. It is easy to navigate after about half an hour, although I did nearly miss Topshop and Accessorize, as they are on the outer edge. I’m not convinced this is a ‘destination’ shopping centre, but there are certainly plenty of amazing places to eat and certainly a good selection of high street shops to peruse.
Best tip: Head here for shoes – Dune, Office and Kurt Geiger, and Accessorize – for a touch of sparkle
Images copyright CHudson 2010