We opened our brand new shop at Westfield Stratford City on 13 September 2011. It's our first in London for 20 years. The new Westfield development is Europe's largest urban shopping centre with around 350 shops, bars and restaurants.
It's a big shop too, with 150,000 square feet of selling space, plus a 32,000 square feet Waitrose located in the basement. We recruited 750 Partners to work there under Managing Director Noel Saunders, who was previously MD at Oxford Street.
Just 7 minutes from central London (St Pancras International via High Speed 1), John Lewis Stratford is connected by first-rate transport links to the capital and beyond. These links include an extensive road and bus network, national rail, the Tube, London Overground, the DLR – and Crossrail from 2017. It's also within easy reach for customers in Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire as well as London.
With its views of the Olympic park, the shop is a modern, four-storey landmark building, designed by award-winning architect Crispin Wride. It features a distinctive glazed 'prow' which overlooks the Westfield mall, and houses The Place to Eat and Espresso Bar.
The unique glazed facade showcases a circular ceramic pattern, designed to symbolise the circle of regeneration in Stratford enabled by the Westfield development and partners working towards London 2012 and its legacy.
The interior design of the new shop has been carefully considered, and includes specially-selected and unique paintings and installations. These include 'Nona' by Trevor Bell and ‘Exaltation of Larks’ by Jamie and Juliet Gutch.
And, as befits a brand new shop, Stratford is the only John Lewis that brings together all our latest design concepts under one roof, offering you a unique shopping environment like you've never seen before in any of our shops.