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The Mall Wood Green
The Mall Wood Green logo
Wood Green Shopping City at dusk.jpg
The shopping centre at dusk
LocationWood Green, London
Coordinates51°35′40″N 0°06′30″W / 51.59451°N 0.10840°W / 51.59451; -0.10840Coordinates: 51°35′40″N 0°06′30″W / 51.59451°N 0.10840°W / 51.59451; -0.10840
Opening date13 May 1981; 39 years ago (1981-05-13)
OwnerCapital & Regional
No. of stores and services101 (+45 stalls)
No. of anchor tenants7
Total retail floor area617,000 sq ft (57,300 m2)
No. of floors2

The Mall Wood Green is a large shopping centre and residential complex in Wood Green, north London. It is generally still referred to by its former name of Wood Green Shopping City.

As of 2006 The Mall had over 100 retail shops,[1] seven of them anchor stores, 45 market stalls,[2] and an average of 221,000 customers per week.[3] The centre and the adjoining shops on Wood Green High Road constitute the commercial hub of the borough of Haringey and its surrounding areas.[4]


The centre was built in the 1970s as "Wood Green Shopping City", on the site of the former Noel Park and Wood Green railway station. Initially it included a number of unusual features, most notably a giant wooden climbing frame in the shape of a frog.[5]

The centre was opened on 13 May 1981 by HM Queen Elizabeth II.[6]

Unusually for a shopping centre, the A105 road runs directly through the complex, allowing many of the stores to have entrances directly onto the street. The two halves of the mall are linked by bridges at first and second floor level.[7] The centre is six storeys high, but only the lower two floors are occupied by shops; the upper floors make up a housing complex known as "Sky City", where in 2006, the badly decomposed body of a woman was found. Her name was Joyce Vincent and she had died three years earlier, her body lay undiscovered. Vincent's life is the subject of the film Dreams of a Life (2011).

In the early 1990s recession, many of the centre's established shops closed and were replaced by pound shops and charity shops.[5] The centre was targeted in a bomb attack in 1992 that injured civilians and police officers.[8]


Construction work on the western extension, 2007

The centre was bought by current owners The Mall Company in 2002 and renamed "The Mall Wood Green",[3] although the "Shopping City" signage remained as late as 2012. The new owners carried out a £30 million rebuilding programme, altering the layout of the shops and adding a 12-screen cinema.[9] The market hall was expanded, with a number of specialist retailers catering for the unusually diverse ethnic groups in the area.[10] In 2007 the owners applied for consent to expand the centre further with a 3-storey extension on the site of an adjacent petrol station,[11] which when complete will increase the mall size to 617,000 sq ft (57,300m²) and the total number of retail units to 123,[12] overtaking rival Brent Cross's 110 shops[13] for the first time. Approval was given in May 2007, despite concerns raised about the possibility of flooding on the new site from the River Moselle; in June 2007 it was announced that the bulk of the extension would be occupied by a new Debenhams store.[14] The proposal involved demolishing the existing Pearson's department store and extending the mall into space within and beyond this site. However, the Debenhams plan ultimately did not go ahead, and instead the bulk of the development site was taken up by a large Primark store.[15]

The Mall is also the venue for a craft fair, held four times a year.[5]

Aerial view of The Mall Wood Green and Sky City


Unusually for a shopping centre, The Mall has its own dedicated team of police, part of Haringey BOCU police. The scheme, initially called "Operation Partnership" but later renamed the "Retail Protection Unit", was introduced in 1998.[16]

The areas surrounding the Mall have traditionally been affected by high rates of street-drinking and its accompanying alcohol-related problems.[17] In 2005 anti-drinking legislation was introduced, and the police were given powers to confiscate alcoholic drinks and to disperse crowds in the area around the centre.[17]

The Mall made headlines in 2006 when a shoplifter attacked and repeatedly stabbed Designer Outlet store supervisor Rudy Takkou.[18] Takkou narrowly survived, losing 4 litres of blood.[19]


Despite being situated on the site of a disused railway station, The Mall Wood Green is still very well served by public transport in comparison to London's other shopping centres. Wood Green and Turnpike Lane tube stations on the Piccadilly line are both near the mall, and due to Wood Green High Road running through the centre of the development, it is possible to catch buses from directly outside the shops. Alexandra Palace railway station is a short distance to the west of the centre.



  1. ^ "Two New Stores for The Mall Wood Green". The Mall Company. 26 September 2006. Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Malls Group". Avanti Screen Media. Archived from the original on 1 June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  3. ^ a b "The Mall Wood Green". The Mall Company. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Crime and Drugs Audit 2001-2004" (PDF). Haringey Safer Communities Partnership. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 December 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b c "Wood Green Shopping City". My Haringey. Archived from the original on 15 April 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  6. ^ Wood Green Shopping Mall is 30 - a look back, June 10, 2011
  7. ^ "Floor Plan". The Mall. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  8. ^ Police and shoppers injured in bomb blasts, The Independent, 11 December 1992
  9. ^ "Shopping in North London". North London Business. Archived from the original on 26 March 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  10. ^ "Town Guides Today". This is Local London. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Online Planning Services: Major Developments". London Borough of Haringey. 12 February 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  12. ^ "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Capital & Regional. 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  13. ^ "Brent Cross". My Brent. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  14. ^ "Debenhams Superstore Gets Council Go-Ahead". North London Business. June 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  15. ^ Haringey Independent
  16. ^ "Shop Cops Hit Town Centre Problems.", Bucks Free Press, 11 April 1998
  17. ^ a b Dialogue by Design (March 2005). "Summary of MPS Responses to Online Consultation for 2005/06 Policing Priorities" (PDF). Metropolitan Police Authority/Metropolitan Police Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  18. ^ "Shop Supervisor Knifed During Row". BBC News. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2007.
  19. ^ "Youth Charged With Knife Attack". BBC News. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 8 June 2007.