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Westfield London debuts at White City

Westfield London, the White City shopping centre, opened its doors this morning, drawing lively crowds hungry to visit its new shops.

The global financial crisis was brushed aside today, as shoppers queued to enter the £1.6 billion Westfield London shopping development, which is anchored by Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Next and Debenhams.

Hoardes of shoppers screamed with excitement as they were let into the centre at 9am this morning.

Most retailers in the main part of the centre, which covers 43 acres in west London, were open for business today, but only around half of the tenants in The Village, Westfield's 270,000 sq ft luxury zone, opened their doors to the public.

Westfield London, which houses 265 stores in total, has extended its opening hours to 11pm in the run up to Christmas. It will open to 10pm from today and to 11pm from the middle of December to capitalise on the Christmas shopping rush.

Westfield London entered the CACI Centre Futures ranking at number eight today. This puts it one place above Bluewater shopping centre and knocks Reading out of the top 10. See the attached document for the full breakdown.

For more real-time coverage, pictures and videos from Westfield London today visit Drapers' Westfield London homepage.

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