Taking a trip to your favourite Essex shopping spot is now a whole lot more exciting. After a whopping £81 million external investment, Lakeside isn’t just a retail retreat; but is now a top social destination to visit with friends, family and partners with the leisure complex, 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.

Travel from London to Lakeside Shopping Centre from £7.60 return with our Online Advance fare, bought 3+ days in advance. You can buy your Off-Peak tickets on c2c Smartcard, making your journey quicker and easier. Why not download the c2c app to beat ticket office queues? You can also check out our on off-peak train travel offers, including Kids travel for £2 on weekends and school holidays or GroupSave when there are 3 or more people travelling.

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How to get to Lakeside shopping centre by train?

c2c train travelling to lakeside shopping centre

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. 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 Lakeside Shopping Centre, when you travel by train with c2c rail.

Lakeside shopping centre shops

Woman shopping at lakeside shopping centre

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 Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Zara and River Island. There’s also bespoke jewellers, shoe shops, kitchen stores, book shops, health and beauty and even a Thérapie Clinic featuring hair removal, bespoke facials and specialist skin treatments.

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, Lakeside Shopping Centre has something for everyone.

Travelling with Kids

Kids day out at lakeside shopping centre

Are the kids in tow? 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 climb mountains at Rock Up with it’s 27 different climbing walls designed for ages 4 and upwards. For something extra special, why not celebrate their birthday with your own Build-a-Bear birthday party?

Lakeside Shopping Centre restaurants

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? Lakeside’s Caffe Rizzoli and Prosecco 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.

VUE Cinema at Lakeside shopping centre

Why not make a day of it? Catch the latest blockbuster at Lakeside’s VUE Cinema. With nine state of the art screens, all with stadium seating, you’ll really feel the difference.

The Quay: home of activities at Lakeside shopping centre

So, what’s going on at the Quay? Well, quite a fair bit actually.

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl at Lakeside shopping centre

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

Lakeside are 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.

Puttshack: crazy golf at Lakeside shopping centre

Puttshack at Lakeside shopping centre

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.

Flip Out

Flip Out at Lakeside shopping centre

If you like adventure parks – I mean, who doesn’t? – then come along to Flip Out where there are 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.

Lakeside shopping centre FAQs

Where is Lakeside shopping centre? What’s its address?

Lakeside shopping centre is in South Essex, close to Chafford Hundred. Its address is West Thurrock Way, West Thurrock, Grays, RM20 2ZP.

What are Lakeside shopping centre’s opening times?

Lakeside shopping centre is open from 9am-9pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays. Not all shops and restaurants will be open between those hours, so do check the website in advance of your visit.

What hotels are there close to Lakeside shopping centre?

There are a few hotels close to Lakeside shopping centre if you’re looking to extend your shopping trip. There’s a Travelodge right next to the centre, as well as a Premier Inn about a 10 minute walk from Chafford Hundred station. Slightly further afield you’ll find another Premier Inn, an Ibis and the Thurrock Hotel.