Taking a trip to your favourite Essex shopping spot just got a whole lot more exciting. After a whopping £81 million external investment, intu Lakeside isn’t just a retail retreat; but is now the new top-tier social destination to visit with friends, family and partners with the new area, The Quay.
Plus, it’s incredibly easy to get to by train as c2c’s very own Chafford Hundred railway station is right outside, saving you the hassle of finding a parking space. You can walk directly into the centre from the station via a pedestrian bridge. Easy.
So, what’s new? Well, quite a fair bit actually.
This swanky American-style bowling alley and diner has 24-lanes, six of which include a VIP experience. There’s a fun-filled arcade area, trendy bar and full size vintage pink Chevy seating area where you can chow down on some burgers, hotdogs and classic thick shakes. Hollywood Bowl is surely the perfect place for knockin’ down some pins and having a laugh with friends.
Nickelodeon Adventure – Coming soon!
Keep an eye out as soon intu Lakeside will become the first shopping complex in the entire UK to home a Nickelodeon entertainment centre. With your entire selection of favourite characters including SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol and more; it’s like a Nickelodeon theme park but in your very own county.
Don’t be late to the party to the ‘world’s first’ social entertainment experience that combines ground-breaking technology and everyone’s favourite game; mini-golf. But the party doesn’t stop there, with the addition of a buzzing bar and outside balcony area overlooking Alexandra Lake, Puttshack will certainly be the top spot for those weekend evenings.
If you like adventure parks – I mean, who doesn’t? – then come along to Flip Out where they’re dozens of trampolines, ninja tag games, an obstacle course, a travelator and the UK’s longest traverse climbing wall. Suitable for children and adult-children alike.
Food & Drink
There are some recognisable favourites open for business in The Quay, such as Italian’s finest dining Zizzi’s and America’s tastiest TGI Friday’s. However, you can also try your cluck at Chicktopia; a brand-new concept eatery with the best chicken meals in town (with veggie and vegan options). Casco Lounge is your retro cafe-bar perfect for some pre-shopping brunch. And finally, The Hall is an open, social-dining space which invites independent food vendors and is open from breakfast all the way to evening cocktails.
Shopping at intu Lakeside
With over 250 shops, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for. You can expect everything from House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer’s through to Lactoste, Ben Sherman, Zara and Top Shop. There’s also bespoke jewellers, shoe shops, kitchen stores, book shops, healthy and beauty and even a Luminis Spa featuring hair removal, bespoke facials and massages including treatments for expectant mums.
Whether you are hunting down the latest looks, upgrading your entertainment studio or simply spending the day treating the people who matter most to you, intu Lakeside Shopping Centre has something for everyone.
Travelling with Kids
Are the kids in tow? intu Lakeside welcomes children with its spacious, pushchair-friendly walkways, lifts and fully equipped changing facilities; creating a stress-free shopping experience for the whole family. Partyman World of Play’s soft play area is the perfect place to let children aged 3-13 blow off some steam and let you make the most of your day. With fully trained staff keeping a careful eye, your little ones will love getting to grips with gigantic themed play structures, crazy slides and even a designated football play area.
Check out Hamley’s amazing toy store or brush shoulders with your favourite characters at the Disney store. For something extra special, why not celebrate your birthday with your own Build-a-Bear birthday party!
Restaurants at intu Lakeside
Over 50 cafes and restaurants offer a tranquil rest-stop to replenish and revive, with a variety of flavours to satisfy the most discerning tastes. Why not try Thai Express for a light bite or Las Iguanas for something more substantial.
Going all out? intu Lakeside’s 360 Champagne and OYPT champagne bar is the place to be. This luxury treat serves up crisp champagne, classic cocktails as well as coffee, cakes and afternoon tea. Or family favourite, Five Guys, offers a fun American-style diner experience in a lively atmosphere.
Why not make a day of it? Catch the latest blockbuster at intu Lakeside’s VUE Cinema. With nine state of the art screens, all with stadium seating, you’ll really feel the difference. Want the ultimate in comfort when watching the latest blockbuster? The first of its kind in the UK: We love the giant bean bag seating in the ‘Evolution Screen’.
And if that wasn’t enough, did we mention that intu Lakeside has its own 26-acre lake, complete with PADI certified diving school.
Getting to intu Lakeside by train
intu Lakeside Shopping Centre has a direct link to Chafford Hundred railway station where c2c trains travel from London Fenchurch Street via Upminster and West Ham or towards Southend Central via Grays and Stanford-le-Hope.
Take the load off your feet, avoid the queues, and take the train, for a truly stress-free shopping experience. intu Lakeside Shopping Centre is only a 5 minute walk from Chafford Hundred railway station.
With so much to see and do, we’re sure you’ll love your day at intu Lakeside Shopping Centre, when you travel by train with c2c rail.