Hays Galleria, London
A Grade II listed structure, this former Victorian south bank warehouse is a sight worth seeing in itself. The fact that it has shops as well is just an added bonus. The former warehouse builds form a cul-de-sac courtyard that opens up to a view of the Thames and the old City of London across the river. It's crowned by an incredible glass canopy that makes the courtyard a delight to sit in during all weathers - an obvious benefit in London. The centerpiece is a curious steampunk themed sculpture, the Navigators, by David Kemp, that blends perfectly with the surroundings.
What to buy: Great for eating and shopping.
Built in the 1850s, the original Hay's Wharf took deliveries from ships from all over the world. Nowadays, the huge glass and steel barrel-vaulted roof that covers the old dock is the cover for a large shopping centre. The centre piece of this centre is a giant kinetic sculpture called 'Navigators' specially commissioned from David Kemp. This 60ft high sculpture weighing 14 tons is a bizarre symphony of moving parts, water jets and fountains and basically one of the best sculptures I have ever seen. The centre is at its best for eating and drinking - there is one good book shop and several clothes shops but some empty shop units too.
Very impressive but needs more shop units that are actually open.
Good disabled access throughout.