Opened in 1854 by an ambitious Yorkshireman who had a dream of creating the UK’s first department store, William Whiteley successfully delivered on his ambition to become the founding father of a modern day London institution.
Whiteleys department store can be found in an impressive grade II-listed property on Queensway in the capital’s popular and busy district of Bayswater in the City of Westminster.
It is one of the best attractions for visitors keen to scratch that retail itch during their time in London and offers something for everyone in terms of relaxation, shopping and entertainment.
Whiteleys opening times
The many attractions of Whiteleys are open seven days a week, with the centre opening to the public from 8 am and closing at midnight on Mondays to Saturdays and from 8.30 am until midnight on Sundays.
Stores are open:
- Monday to Saturday (10 am to 10 pm)
- Sunday (12 pm to 6 pm)
Marks & Spencer is open:
- Monday to Saturday (8 am to 10 pm)
- Sunday (12 pm to 6 pm)
Restaurants are open :
- Every day of the week (12 pm to 11 pm)
Opening times for individual stores and attractions can be found by visiting the Whiteleys website.
A wide selection of retail options for guests
Visitor to Whiteleys can make use of a wide selection of stores, ranging from fashion and beauty to home accessories to health and leisure. Here are just some of the many high-end brands operating out of Whiteleys at present:
- E&A Moda
- Ernest Jones
- Fashion 4Ever
- Gap/Gap Kids
- Get Inline
- House of Fashion
- House of MB
- JD Sports
- Kurt Geiger
- Karen Millen
- Marks & Spencer
- Nine West
- Sports Direct
- The Fur Shop
- Victory Vintage
Restaurants and entertainment
It is is not just the great shopping opportunities that draw visitors to Whiteleys though, as the centre also offers a wide variety of excellent restaurants and cafes, as well as some other unique forms of entertainment.
All Star Lanes is a ten-pin bowling alley that prides itself on offering more than just your basic bowling experience. Visitors will enjoy a mixture of bowling, music, dining and drinks, with the destination a perfect place to head to with friends, on a date or when planning a party.
Inspired by the ’boutique bowling’ scene, visitors can enjoy live DJ sets on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 pm until close, as well as sampling an extensive array of cocktails and other delights from the on-site bar and restaurant.
A cinematic experience at Whiteleys
When it comes to great cinema, fans of the latest blockbusters are well catered for at Whiteleys, with two cinema offerings for guests to enjoy.
Odeon Whiteleys is the perfect choice for families and individuals hoping to catch the latest cinema releases, with 3D screens, comfortable seating and a wide selection of refreshments that help to make any trip to the cinema all the more special.
Meanwhile, The Lounge is a unique cinema offering open only to visitors that are over the age of of 18. Providing fine dining for guests and full-leather seats that are fully reclinable, visitors can enjoy private screenings of all the latest films, as well as an outstanding menu of delicious treats and even enjoy after-theatre refreshments at the private bar.
With full waiter service throughout and a level of hospitality that puts other cinema offerings to shame, guests can enjoy a showing in the lap of luxury when booking tickets to a screening at The Lounge.
Parking options for visitors
Visitors to Whiteleys can make use of on-site parking, with space for up to 175 vehicles. It is a private and secure location to leave one’s vehicle, with the car park having received the Secure Car Parks Awards from the Association of Chief Police Officers and the British Parking Association.
Meanwhile, individuals keen to explore the local area might like to make use of the myriad local parking facilities, with other nearby parking options including:
- Queensway Car Park (0.3 miles, five minutes’ travel time on foot)
- Paddington Station Public Car Park (0.4 miles, nine minutes)
- Colonnades Car Park (0.2 miles, four minutes)
- Arthur Court Car Park (0.1 miles, three minutes)
- Lancaster Gate Car Park (0.7 miles, 13 minutes)
- Bayswater Road Car Park (0.5 miles, nine minutes)
- Bell Street Car Park (one mile, 21 minutes)
- UPark Ltd (0.7 miles, 15 minutes)
- Q-Park Church Street (1.1 miles, 22 minutes)
- Crawford Street Car Park (1.3 miles, 28 minutes)
- Lanark Road Car Park (1.3 miles, 27 minutes)
Underground connections for visitors to Whiteleys
For all those who plan to forego driving during their time in the English capital, the wide variety of public transport options means they can still easily navigate this large and bustling city.
Several Tube stations can be found in the vicinity of Whiteleys, with the Underground network arguably the easiest way to travel for visitors to London. They are:
- Bayswater (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
- Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
- Queensway (Central line)
- Paddington-Underground (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines)
- Paddington (Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
- Lancaster Gate (Central line)
- Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines)
- Edgware Road (Circle, District and Hammersmith & City lines/Bakerloo line)
Nearby attractions for visitors to enjoy
London is a big place and offers plenty of options for those keen to experience all that the city has to offer. Indeed, There are so many fantastic attractions near Whiteleys that travellers staying in the capital will want to explore, with other popular options for entertainment in the area including:
- Madame Tussaud’s London (1.6 miles, 17 minutes’ travel time on foot/public transport)
- The Natural History Museum (1.4 miles, 14 minutes)
- The Science Museum (1.5 miles, 16 minutes)
- Buckingham Palace (2.5 miles, 26 minutes)
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London (2.8 miles, 31 minutes)
- ZSL London Zoo (2.6 miles, 36 minutes)
- The British Museum (three miles, 24 minutes)
- The Royal Institution of Great Britain (2.5 miles, 21 minutes)
- Camden Markets (3.2 miles, 28 minutes)
- The Freud Museum (three miles, 28 minutes)
- Hyde Park (1.1 miles, 12 minutes)
- Regent’s Park (1.7 miles, 21 minutes)
- The Royal Academy of Arts (2.8 miles, 23 minutes)
- The Wellcome Collection (2.6 miles, 24 minutes)
- The Victoria and Albert Museum (1.7 miles, 15 minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (3.3 miles, 23 minutes)
- The Palace of Westminster (3.3 miles, 22 minutes)
- Big Ben (3.3 miles, 19 minutes)
- The Coca-Cola London Eye (3.7 miles, 27 minutes)
- The Southbank Centre (3.8 miles, 30 minutes)
Visitors hoping to reduce journey times between these popular London attractions could potentially do so by driving, but motorists are reminded that parking spaces in many parts of the capital are limited and they should bear this in mind when planning their trip.