The next store on SilentMode’s Store Crawl 2017 is Watford, on the outskirts of London.
A small mishap occurred when two completely different train services left Milton Keynes to go to London Euston. One was a high-speed Virgin train; the other was a slower London Midland (make that make sense) commuter train.
Both trains left the station at exactly the same time, but there was absolutely no information past the ticket barriers about which train stopped at Watford Junction. Naturally I didn’t find out until it was too late, and I’d missed the correct one.
Fortunately another train to Watford Junction arrived a few minutes later, and I was back on schedule.
Interesting things about the city.
Watford is yet another city hit by the gentrification fetish, indicated by the presence of a Five Guys and construction work on the shopping centre’s extension. However, hidden behind the high street is a glimpse of what Watford used to be, in the form of a church.
Although Watford Junction is the obvious choice, Watford High Street train station is closer to the shopping centre on foot. It also provides a more interesting route, with Toys ‘R Us and a few other stores in its vicinity.
The Watford LEGO store.
The Watford LEGO store is on the upper level of the old Harlequin shopping centre, now horribly renamed as part of the [soulless] Intu brand. (I’ll refrain from commenting on the project manager who decided Intu was a good, let alone clever name.)
A Neo Classic Space hangar fills the Watford showcase, brought to you by the Brickish Association cartel. Although the model uncredited, followers of the Neo Classic Space genre may recognise the builder.
The Pick A Brick (PAB) wall.
Once again, check out the dedicated Flickr album for the actual photos from the Watford PAB wall.
Thoughts about the store.
Hearing about Watford’s “early” closing time (compared to the London stores) concerned me, so it became a race against time to visit the store on the same day. I needn’t have worried, as I had over 90 minutes to spare thanks to the London Midland train.
This was my fourth time at the Watford store, including its grand opening. Though not as bad as some of the northern stores, I didn’t seem to have any rapport with the staff. The one who gave me the passport stamp was unimpressed with my collection, but they were kind enough to give me a couple of extra activity stamps.
As mentioned before, the Watford LEGO store has the advantage of being close to Toys ‘R Us, as well as The Entertainer and a bunch of other useful stores.
The journey gets far more relaxing, as I only have the Brighton store to visit. Only two full days left before the end of the Store Crawl.