The first UK outpost of a worldwide educational play destination has launched at Westfield London, bringing 450 new jobs to the area.
KidZania London is the latest opening in the brand’s extensive stable of children’s entertainment centres, which reach from Mexico and Dubai to Japan and Turkey.
With a focus on children aged four to 14 having fun role-playing careers including medicine, retail, theatre, firefighting, art and even forensics, KidZania London officially opened on June 25.
Councillor Sue Macmillan, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Education, said: “We’re delighted to welcome KidZania London to the borough and have no doubt it will be a huge success. I know many of our children will be excited to experience all that it has to offer.
“We will continue to work closely with Kidzania and Westfield London to make sure local people benefit from new jobs and education opportunities being created in H&F.”
As part of a pledge to support the local community, a team behind KidZania London joined with organisations including Phoenix High School and Workzone at Westfield London to help residents apply for jobs.
Westfield’s director of development, Duncan Bower said: “The arrival of KidZania is very positive news for employment and the local economy. We are entering an exciting time at Westfield London, as we invest in developing the centre further and the opening of KidZania is an integral part of that wider vision centred on food, fashion and entertainment.”
Westfield London is set to undergo a £1bn expansion in the coming 15 years, creating 60,000 sq m of new retail space including a new flagship John Lewis store, restaurants and entertainment, as well as 1,500 new homes.
The expansion will deliver around 8,000 new jobs for the area, along with improved infrastructure and public space.
For more details, visit the KidZania London website.