Brent Cross Shopping Centre

Brent Cross
Inside shopping centre
Location London Borough of Barnet, England
Opening date 1976
Owner Hammerson and Standard Life
Architect BDP
Total retail floor area 74,320 m2 on opening[1]
No. of floors 2 (3 in Fenwick, John Lewis & M&S)
Parking 8000

Brent Cross Shopping Centre is a retail facility at Brent Cross in north London, England.


Brent Cross Shopping Centre opened in 1976.[2]

On 14 December 1991, four explosive devices were planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). The bombs were discovered and defused before they could have been detonated.[3]

On 6 November 2012, six people on three motorbikes entered the shopping centre and smashed in the windows at jewellers Fraser Hart. An estimated £2m worth of jewellery was stolen.[4]

Future Developments

Brent Cross shopping centre is planned to be extended as a part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood development scheme. The John Lewis and Fenwick Department stores will remain in their current location, Marks & Spencer will move to a new location on the extended site, the bus station will be relocated, and new parks, a "living bridge" and a cinema are planned, along with new multi-story car parks (with the existing open air car parks used for the shopping centre extension). Outline planning permission was achieved in 2010, and preparatory site clearance started in early 2018. Construction had been expected to start in 2018,[5] but is now delayed to 2019.[6]

The insides of the shopping centre was featured in the 1994 film London by Patrick Keiller.[7] It shows the former large fountain and stained glass on the roof, which were removed in 1996.[8]

The car park of the shopping centre was used as a filming location for the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.[9]

The shopping centre is featured in Ken MacLeod's science-fiction novel The Star Fraction. The action takes place in a balkanized UK, in the middle of the 21st century, and the ruins of the shopping center are used as a local market for the anarchist enclave of Norlonto ('North London Town').[10]


  1. "Shopping Centres". Museum of London. Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. "View of shopping centre, 1977". London Transport Museum. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. "IRA bomb causes chaos for commuters". Herald Scotland. 17 December 1991. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  4. Armed robbers on motorbikes raid Brent Cross jeweller BBC News. 6 November 2012 Retrieved 6 November 2012
  5. Planning application by Brent Cross Cricklewood Development Partners Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Report to London Borough of Barnet Assets, Regeneration and Growth Committee, 12 March 2018
  7. Kinik, Anthony (1 August 2008). "Dynamic of the Metropolis: The City Film and the Spaces of Modernity" (PDF). McGill University, Montreal. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. Ahmed, Fatema (April 27, 2015). "In Brent Cross". London Review of Books. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  9. "19 top secret Bond locations around Britain". The Telegraph. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  10. "The Star Fraction". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

Coordinates: 51°34′37″N 0°12′57″W / 51.57687°N 0.21574°W / 51.57687; -0.21574

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