I moved into Sutton 11 years ago. Although I missed the diversity in all things, coming from East London to the burbs was bliss. When I became a mum, saw my community differently. I began to notice the lack of activities for ages 5+. The town centre also need a revamp. Then, a few days ago I had the pleasure of visiting my local shopping centre to hear about the projects they have in the pipeline. St Nicholas Centre (St.Nic.) has plans to improve their customer experience by adding more leisure elements.
The Heart of the Town
In my opinion, the shopping centre is the heart of a town. It’s where family and friend converge to shop, relax and make memories. My family and I have moved around Sutton over the years and St Nicholas Centre has been a part of our lives from day dot. One of our favourite homes was only 10 minutes’ walk the centre away… still miss it big time. However, I always felt it could offer more; for example a play area, more dining option, clean toilets. Roughly two years ago, I noticed things began to change.
When Pandora and Smiggle came to the St Nic, I knew things were on the up and up. Then! Love Hair opened their doors in the Summer. Love Hair caters for curly and afro hair not exclusively so. Clothing? There’s Debenhams, Next, New Look and Primark to mention a few are my personal faves.
Kiddies are for not forgotten; there’s Toy Barnhaus and Mothercare. While Sporty types have Sports Direct and cookery gadget lovers have Robert Dyers.
Above is not an exhaustive list but only a flavour of the options are the centre.
Recently with my blogger hat on, I attended a Blogger Day at St. Nic. Bloggers from Oxfordshire, West Sussex and Surrey visited as well to see the delights that the centre had to offer. While there, some of up popped into Debenhams for a short briefing from the store manager and attend a makeup master class hosted by Urban Decay. Apparently, UD host masterclasses from time to time. I will certainly attend again, the MUAs are smashed it.
You maybe have seen pics of my cheeky mid-week curries lunch at Roti Masters. Honestly, it’s the usually my food vendor of choice. Hubby usually buys his meal from Bangkok Pad Thai. The kids tend to op for fast food. Clearly they don’t have their parents’ palette.
While I was at the Blogger Day I had the opportunity other dishes from my usual food establishment along with other food vendors. Sugar & Spice dishes were so yum! Their deserts were divine, presentation second to none. It’s easy to see why they won Best Food Retailer 2018 at St. Nicholas Centre.
Foodies can expect to find dishes from South and South East Asia , North America and the Caribbean in the St. Nic street food food court.
Attractions and Festive Fun
St Nicholas Centre has a few things up their sleeves this autumn/winter. Currently, there is a Games Garden that is free of charge. Families and teens can go for a game of ping pong, pool or Nintendo. It’s a spacious, brightly lit, with a feel of ‘bringing the outside in’. It’s a brilliant idea that older kids now have a space in town. However, I think going forward it may be best if the centre and council could collaborate to place a Youth Worker there aid with dispelling any tensions that might occur in the space.
Finally, a soft play area should be up and running before the end of the year. Excellent move! Previous stay and play establishments have been too limited in space and play options. I can hardly wait to see the new play area.
… and for the ‘grown-ups’ there’s Sweat gym. Sweat has all the gear you’ll ever need to get into shape.
Festive season officially kicks off in the town, when the Christmas lights are switched on 24th November. Pssst… a celebrity guest will do the honours. Then, seasonal entertainment will follow. On 1st Dec Santa’s Grotto open’s its doors.
Like all towns Sutton has it hidden gems; at the heart of its retail centre is the St. Nicholas Centre. Here’s Christmas, 2019 and beyond.
For further details on upcoming events visit the St Nic website.
Photo Credit: feature image from St. Nicholas Centre