Brent Cross Shopping Centre

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Brent Cross
Inside Brent Cross.jpg
Inside shopping centre
LocationLondon Borough of Barnet, England
Opening date1976
OwnerHammerson and Standard Life Aberdeen
Total retail floor area74,320 m2 on opening[1]
No. of floors2 (3 in Fenwick, John Lewis & M&S)

Brent Cross Shopping Centre is a shopping centre in Hendon, north London.


Brent Cross Shopping Centre was 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 be 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 £2 million worth of jewellery was stolen.[4]

Future developments[edit]

Brent Cross shopping centre is planned to be extended as a part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration 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" across the North Circular Road and a cinema are planned, along with new multi-storey car parks (with the existing surface carparks to be 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 until 2019.[6]

Popular culture[edit]

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

The shopping centre was also 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 centre 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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "View of shopping centre, 1977". London Transport Museum. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  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.

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