We don’t think anyone can deny the rapidly changing face of the High Street. Over the past two decades, iconic household names that have dominated the UK high street have all but disappeared; Jaeger, Peacocks, Oddbins, Oasis, Debenhams, and Topshop are just some of the brands that have now left empty voids with no sign of returning or being filled.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom because monster shopping centres have also emerged in major cities during the past two decades, amalgamating the UK’s best shops and entertainment/leisure brands under one roof. Most UK shopping centres now have colossal cinema complexes, bowling alleys, health clubs and land-based casinos. While these shopping centres may not have a ‘high street’ per se, they can be described as entertainment and leisure destinations catering to the masses.
Having everything ‘in one place’ with ample (often free) parking and transport options could be the saving grace for many UK fashion, food and entertainment retailers. The appeal of spending an entire day (if not the weekend) enjoying the best shops, eating the finest food, and enjoying evening entertainment attracts thousands of consumers to shopping centres up and down the country every week.
Huge Shopping Complexes Offer Everything Under One Roof
This article looks at which UK shopping centres have the best entertainment and casino venues. Whether you’re looking to support land-based casino establishments over online casino sites, high street shops over online retailers or land-based cinemas over online streaming services such as Netflix and Disney+, below are some of the UK’s best shopping centres with casinos and cinemas that are equipped with everything.
According to leading UK casino reviewer iGamblingSites.com, Aspers Casino is one of the best nationwide casinos that caters to all types of punter. Aspers Casino can be found in ‘The Loft’ of Westfield Stratford shopping centre. For those who’ve had enough retail therapy from shops like Coach, Cos, All Saints and Gant, who want to relax by playing their favourite casino table games or slots, Aspers will provide sophisticated evening entertainment. Aside from plenty of gambling options, including slots, poker games and classic casino table games, Aspers Casino is also a sophisticated nightspot, with the popular Tanzibar and Terrace Bar available to all patrons. Both lounges provide live music, great cocktails, and exquisite food menus.
If casinos aren’t your preferred entertainment choice, you can opt to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters instead. Vue Casino shows the newest mainstream movies on state-of-the-art screens. What’s more, Vue Cinema chain is well known for offering family deals, making a visit there a great addition to a family day out.
Westfield: White City
If you’re not in East London, favouring the city mile or what West London offers, Westfield White City is your best bet. It’s a sister shopping complex to Stratford’s Westfield and can be found near Shepherds Bush. A stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace and The Natural History Museum, Westfield White City offers plenty of choices for high street brands and numerous designer brands, including Burberry, Church’s, Gucci, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Maje. There’s also a prolific choice of chain restaurants catering to all cuisines, such as Dirty Vegan, Five Guys, Master Bao and Ole & Steen.
Unlike Stratford’s Westfield, it does not provide a casino within the shopping complex itself. If you’re looking for shopping and casino, there are some pretty good ‘standalone’ casinos just a short Uber ride away in London’s Mayfair, including The Grosvenor and Les Ambassadeurs Casino. This Westfield, does, however, provide a huge cinema complex from Vue for the latest movies.
The Red Dragon Centre – Cardiff
The Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff has all bases covered for both leisure and entertainment. Fully equipped with well-known chain restaurants, a cinema, a bowling alley, a casino, and a health club. After a day’s shopping in nearby Cardiff city centre, you have plenty of choices to watch the latest movies at the Odeon, enjoy 10 pin bowling at Hollywood Bowl or head towards the Grosvenor Casino to try your hand at the table or a spin – you’re spoiled for choice for entertainment here.
Food For Thought
Although shopping centres and high streets in smaller towns are on the decline, there are still plenty of complexes to support the retail industry. Whilst come shopping centres don’t offer the local community appeal of what the high street did, you will be able to find everything under one roof for a full retail, leisure, and entertainment experience.