Lakeside Shopping Centre Guide

Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex
Lakeside Shopping Centre, Thurrock, Essex - © John Winfield

The Lakeside Shopping Centre is located in Thurrock, Essex outside London. Lakeside offers shoppers one of the largest shopping and leisure complexes in the UK. Lakeside has been established as a firm favourite among shoppers for a number of years and its proximity to London means it has accessible transport links. The shopping centre attracts shoppers locally from Essex as well as from London and beyond.

There are plenty of shops to choose from with over 250 to choose from, there are stores offering goods and services catering for a range of budgets. At Lakeside shoppers will find the high street favourites including discount and budget stores. Lakeside offers visitors more than just shopping with a host of eateries and restaurants to choose from and leisure facilities including Vue cinemas, there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.


Lakeside shopping centre opened back in 1990, over the years it has established itself as a popular shopping and leisure destination. Lakeside is located in Thurrock and close by just south of the river Thames is Bluewater, another large shopping and leisure complex. With competition from Bluewater, Lakeside has also expanded and modernised to help it keep pace with competition. The past few years have seen a facelift for Lakeside and there are plans to expand further.

The main department stores that form the centrepiece to Lakeside are House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Bhs. Whilst Bluewater has established itself with the discerning shopper in the mid to upper mid level of the market, Lakeside is an established favourite for shoppers looking for goods and services in both the mid market and budget ends.

With over 250 shops to choose from spread over 3 floors, shoppers have a range of options where to shop with retailers offers goods and services in just about every sector. There are retailers specialising in fashion and clothing for children, men and women, health and beauty, electrical and audio/visual, telecoms, homeware, jewellery, books, travel and toys and accessories and more.

Entertainment is available at the Vue cinema located at the Broadwalk by the waterfront. Here visitors can enjoy the latest film releases in the large auditoriums in comfort. The Vue cinema here offers the latest in cinema experiences featuring the Vue Evolution and Gold Class where visitors benefit from luxury armchair seating, large bean bags and sofas to relax on!

There are a number of eateries and restaurants located at Lakeside, on the third floor there is a food court there shoppers can take a break from shopping and take some refreshments, food and snacks. Among the outlets here are Pizza Hut, KFC and a range of cafes and sandwich eateries and a healthy eating outlet.

Visitors can go to the Broadwalk for a meal, containing 12 restaurants on the waterfront providing a great location in which to relax and enjoy a meal. The restaurants include La Tasca, Bella Italia, Nandos and Cafe Rouge among others, offering a range of global cuisine that includes British, French, Italian, Spanish and International/Fusion.

Lakeside also has Retail Parks located next to the main shopping complex offering more choice and retailers, among the retailers based here are Ikea, Curry’s, Habitat, Mothercare and a Markets & Spencer outlet store and others. There retail parks provide shoppers with even more choice conveniently located next to the main complex. The retail parks also feature an Odeon cinema for film fans.

Visitors can also take part in activities such as those provided by the Lakeside Water sports and Diving Centre, which is located next to the Broadwalk. With a 22 acres lake located next to Lakeside there is plenty of opportunity for enthusiasts to enjoy water sports that include sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, rowing boats and fishing. Water sports equipment and advice is available here, there are sessions visitors can book to try out one of the water sports activities.

Lakeside is open 7 days a week, however individual store times vary. The restaurants and cinema may have later opening hours than is the case for the stores.

Free Car parking is available at the shopping centre. There are over 13,000 car parking spaces that offer visitors convenient access to the shopping malls and retail parks. Disabled Parking is also available for disabled badge holders and Child Parking spaces.

How To Get There

By Car:

Lakeside is accessible from the M25 London's orbital motorway. Lakeside is signposted from junctions 30 and 31 from the M25. Lakeside is also signposted from the A13. For those using Satellite Navigation systems the postcode to use is RM20 2ZP.

By Train:

The closest train station is Chafford Hundred station which is located just a few minutes walking distance from Lakeside by a covered pedestrian bridge. C2C trains run regular services from central London at Fenchurch Street and from Docklands at Limehouse, East London at West Ham and Barking and a range of stations in and around Essex that include Pitsea, Leigh-on-Sea, Benfleet and Grays. The frequency of most train services is every half an hour.

By Bus:

There are number of bus routes that operate in to and out of Lakeside for local services, in Essex and further. For more information the bus routes and public transport for Lakeside please see: Lakeside Public Transport

Contact Details


Lakeside Shopping Centre
West Thurrock Way
West Thurrock
RM20 2ZP

Telephone: +44 (0)1708 869933

Website: Lakeside


Use the Shopping Search map to find the location of the Lakeside complex in Thurrock, Essex. You can also use the local search for Restaurants, Bars, Hotel Rooms, Coffee Shops, Tourist Attractions and more. To view click on the Lakeside Shopping Centre link below and ensure your browser is pop up enabled: Lakeside Shopping Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There may be some variations on the hours of individual shops and outlets in the shopping complex depending on opening hours of each shop and the particular day of the week.

Ensure you are alert and aware of your belongings at all times especially your wallet/purse and valuables and ensure they are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to snatch your bag.

Do not leave your bags/shopping bags unattended, this will help stop theft and prevent you misplacing your bags.

If you are travelling by car to Lakeside ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey.

If you are travelling by public transport, it is useful to check for service updates for any delays, disruption or cancellations to your services that can impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and try to ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time to avoid missing the service.

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