French Market in Uxbridge Town Centre: Seasonal Shopping
This event has been held for several years - however there does seem to be a concern each year about it. However it is a reasonable event and the stalls do sell a wide range of interesting foodstuffs and other goods.
The Mall aka The Pavilions: The older centre
This is a long existing shopping centre or mall, it is also home to a historic Uxbridge market. It is open 7 days per week - however, the shops have very varied opening hours.
I am a frequent visitor, sadly earlier today (22.01.2011) I was told off for taking a photograph of the front doors of the hairdresser I had just visited, to use on VT. I was then asked to delete the image of the front door of the salon.
I have written to them about this somewhat bizarre incident!
FURTHER COMMENT TO FOLLOW!
UPDATE: I have now received a reply to my letter - they apologised for the delay in replying. They commented that they have rules and these are common to all their shopping centres; however they have recognised some of the points I made. As such they have referred the matter to various parts of their organisation to deal with staff training, signage and availability of images for people like me.
It seems that their security staff and the police have advised them on this photographic policy.
The Chimes: The newer centre
This is a newer shopping centre or mall - it has a wide selction of shops and is split over two floors - also has access to an Odeon multiplex cinema.
There are many well known shops and cafes - Debenhams, Starbucks, Boots, Next, Riverisland, Republic, FCUK, GAP, Madhouse and many others. Food available from McDonalds, BHS, Giordiano, and Debenhams.......
Range of not so known facilities including chinese doctor, newsagent and of course a wide range of mobile phone outlets.
Summer fashion show and of course Father Christmas!
order from a book shop: This will have you in stiches...
What to buy: The Uxbridge English dictionary (as opposed to the Oxford) is a very funny little book that grew out of the 'word definitions' round on that great radio show ISIHAc 9i'm sorry I havn't a clue)
Here is an example from 'M' :
Macadam - A Scottish brothel-keeper
Macaroni The inventor of the pasta wireless
Maisonette - A very small chief constable
Mangoes - He leaves
Manifold - Another word for origami
Manoeuvre - A vacuum cleaner even men can work
Margate - The mother of all scandals
You can download more examples from www.harpercollins.co.uk
R V Ralph: Watches, Watches and more Watches
This is a family run business and it offers excellent service. They have a large selection of watches and accessories - they stock Tissot, Swatch, Ellesse, Lorus, Sovereign, Royal London and Junghans watches.
Randalls of Uxbridge: Definitely not Grace Brothers!
This is one of the independent departmental stores that used to exist in each town. This quite a pleasant two storied shop with a wide range of typical goods one should find in a Departmental Store.
It was established in 1891, and lays claim to being Uxbridge's largest furnishing store.
The flower stall
Located outside the Underground station the stall is popular and always busy....sets up about 7.00 and operates until after 17.00.
the staff are friendly, know their stuff and always able to help.
What to buy: plants and flowers
What to pay: good value for money all the time