Behind the Scenes at One New Change Shopping Centre

Yesterday I got a sneak peek at One New Change – London’s newest shopping centre – opposite St Paul’s Cathedral on Cheapside in the City.

When it opens next Thursday (28 October), One New Change will have the honour of being Central London’s largest retail destination. It contains 60 stores over three floors (mostly high-end high street such as Reiss, Hobbs and Kurt Geiger) as well as several restaurants and food outlets, including Jamie Oliver‘s Barbecoa, an M&S Simply Food and a Gordon Ramsay restaurant (the latter is due to open in a few months’ time). Plus there’ll be office space for 3,000 workers.

I was impressed by the One New Change development. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the structure is predominantly steel and glass, which reflects and reveals the stunning St Paul’s in myriad ways. I also liked the fact the brown and red-tinted glass seemed to pay homage to the 70s styling of the nearby Barbican.

I was taken up to the roof – a huge space that’ll be open to the public and gives access to an incredible London panorama that takes in the London Eye, The Shard, The Barbican, the tip of The Gherkin and, of course, St Paul’s. (Photos from the roof are embargoed until next week so I can’t share them yet. But check our Flickrpool from next Thursday: www.flickr.com/groups/visitlondon)

Best of all, One New Change is handily located a short(ish) walk from VL Towers. I think I’m going to be a regular visitor!

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