Westfield shopping centre will always hold a special place in my heart: it’s where I started my London journey and trained for my first job in the Capital. It seems like a lifetime ago and going back there now, with Catherine and Harvey, feels somehow surreal. I’m a huge fan of shopping malls and going to Westfield White City has an added charm: I can take a little trip down memory lane and remind myself of how crazy and unexpected life can be.
I love shopping (a bit too much really, or so my husband says) and I could literally spend a whole day hopping from one shop to another with no sign of tiredness, let alone boredom. Westfield is “dangerously” close to us and, boasting a huge selection of restaurants and entertainment for the whole family, it is one of our favorite weekend destinations, especially on a rainy afternoon.
This time our visit was made extra special as there was a very important meeting to attend: one with Santa! Catherine was so excited and the whole Santa Snowflake Grotto experience was amazingly cute and so entertaining. From drawing for Santa to making personalised snowflakes and chatting with the friendliest elves, there is plenty of magic unfolding while waiting for the big encounter. The atmosphere at the Grotto makes everyone wanting to be a child again.
Meeting Santa was super fun! Catherine was a bit shy at the beginning but, after a few minutes, she sat comfortably besides him: legs crossed like a proper lady and she asked him to bring her “Shimmer and Shine as I did good listening”. I wish that was true (the good listening part) but she can be so adorable, I think Santa will grant her wish nonetheless.
We left the Grotto with some cute presents for the kids and with some serious snow falling on us. We then made a quick pit stop to the souvenir shop where we got some lovely souvenirs for my parents and, of course, the picture with Santa.
Even Harvey had a bit of entertainment of his own: he was completely captivated by all the magic unfolding before his eyes and was particularly friendly with one of the elves.
Such an adventure left us a with an appetite: only a few steps and we were at Zizzi where we enjoyed some lovely pasta, risotto for me and ice cream for everyone. With some really full tummies we ventured into the mall again for some Christmas shopping: the Disney Store and the face painting stand were a huge hit and Catherine had a blast. I managed to get Charles a present and a little something for myself as well.
After snacking on my favorite cinnamon pretzel (you must try them, they are out of this world and so festive) we headed back home: Catherine and Harvey were both exhausted.
It was such a fun day: we enjoyed the festive atmosphere throughout while creating some lovely memories.
I highly recommend to visit Westfield as a family day out: if you like shopping (obviously I do) you feel like you are in heaven with shops for every taste and every wallet. Indulge your eyes on the high end brands, even if just for some window shopping: you can always gather great inspiration! There is something for everyone at Westfield, no exclusions!
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Post in collaboration with Westfield.