Jump to content
Landie_Man

UK Oriental City Shopping Centre, Collindale, North London - October 2013

Recommended Posts

So this had been on my radar for a while, I even visited here in January 2005 with my parents and some friends to buy some Chinese ingredients for a special meal that was being cooked for an occasion of which I can't remember.

At 14 years old this place was really interesting, lots of interesting food and foreign ingredients. I remember getting a plate and having a little bit of everything from about 4 stalls, the food stalls were round in a square shape and the communal seating in the middle. They had all sorts, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Korean etc.

I remember seeing it reported on way back in 2011, but put it off due to rumours of heavy handed security.

Me and Northern_Ninja visited early this year and couldn't even get into the site. We returned for another go and saw a small gap.

It was a good day out and sort of cheered me up slightly following a personal grievance.

The complex served a large Community in North London and people would travel a long way to browse its two stories of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and supermarkets.

It was originally a Yaohan Shopping Centre; but changed its name when the Yahoan Corp went bust in the 90s.

There was a durian stall, a satay stall, a Karaoke bar called the "China City Karaoke Bar", Dim Sum restaurants and a Szechuan restaurant to name a few. The centre also included tableware and clothes shops.

It had featured on the TV series "Luther" and on the movie Dredd, where the interior was modified to look more trashed sadly. It has also fallen victim to vandals.

Onto the pics. Unfortunately I forgot the externals!

10169934376_fe8e17cfa0_c.jpg

10169807355_6df2dcf554_c.jpg

10169635603_9499e51cef_c.jpg

10169273315_ee0e976830_c.jpg

10169104554_894f3a409c_c.jpg

10169264083_2c659428fa_c.jpg

10169116586_1458cd36b5_c.jpg

10169077416_da57f37bda_c.jpg

10168825724_dce73dd1bd_c.jpg

10168804954_bb7bcfe455_c.jpg

10168843996_5b5f8201b8_c.jpg

10168765094_50f3cebf67_c.jpg

10168885983_84daf0199a_c.jpg

Thanks as always

More at:

Oriental/China City - a set on Flickr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice indeed! Enjoyed the shots and the write up, nothing like a bit of sploring to take your mind off all the crappyness, thanks for the share :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great to see this done and cool shots bud.

Holds some of the funniest memories that are akin to a combo of the keystone cops and Benny Hill

Fair play guys on getting the place done and thanks for the share

:thumb

:comp:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Where are the zombies?

Wevs eat them all I heard it all :o

Nice report mate shame to see what damage a few episodes of a tv series can do to the inside :)

Agreed mate Looks a tad trashed from a while back but still well worth a run around :thumb

Will never forget you going spaz on secca lol Top draw :lol:

The Met were Happy :D

lll.jpg

Edited by skeleton key

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Top report fella, great set of pics and well done for doing it without alerting secca to the fact you were there, I was there on that comic day with SK and the guys, good memories

:thumb !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was thinking about checking this out this year, this was also used as a film location in The Fades which was on BBC3 a couple of years ago. They trashed it up quite a bit then as well.

They used quite a few derp locations though, St Joseph's Missionary College in Mill Hill in one that springs to mind.

Nice pics!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I was thinking about checking this out this year, this was also used as a film location in The Fades which was on BBC3 a couple of years ago. They trashed it up quite a bit then as well.

They used quite a few derp locations though, St Joseph's Missionary College in Mill Hill in one that springs to mind.

Nice pics!

I remember my wife watching The fades and shouting over to me that wasnt that the shopping centre i had been in and chased my manic secca with bats..happy days ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Similar Content

    • By yonaguni

      this house always interested me..the yard was filled with junk..old cars..and other junk..it gave the appearence of being abandoned but someone clearly lived there

      the area became prime real estate..mcmansions went up and taxes went up..i knew this houses wouldent last....i went by and saw it was finally empty
      the 1st floor was a neat gloomy  house



      rooms that feel like a horror movie

      all the lights hung poorly..surpised there wasent a fir from them..



       

      see more of that in a bit

      upstairs'


      the upstairs was nthing but an attic...no bedrooms or bathroom..this was a single floor home..



      basement

      a wood burning heater...thats an old way to heat a house



      the last thing still hanging that shows the personality of the owner


      odd old stained glass

      not sure what that is...

      ..the dead and prarie home companion
       
      There are a few male voices caught inside one seems like another lanuage
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By Serenity4
      This place has been on the radar for a while now but never got the chance to properly take a look. The dome itself can be seen for quite a few miles across the surrounding areas. Not a great deal of information available other than it looks like some sort of water treatment site/reservoir possibly used by the MOD, given the land its situated on. It doesn't appear to be fully derelict either as you can still here the sound of running water and the grass seems to be trimmed.
       
      The explore went as planned, few dog walkers here and there, other than that spent a little while looking around.
       
       
    • By The_Raw
      Another visit from October with @Andy, @Maniacand@extreme_ironing. From seeing Andy's report I missed quite a few bits but you can't see everything unless you spend the whole day down there. Another epic bit of WW2 history and there's lots more out there.   
       
      Ouvrage Mont des Welches, a gros ouvrage of the Maginot Line fortifications, is part of the Fortified Sector of Boulay. It comprises two entrance blocks, one infantry block, one artillery block, one observation block and two combination blocks. The underground gallery system is compact, about 200 metres (660 ft) from end to end, and unlike larger ouvrages where the gallery system is linear in concept, the central portion of Mont des Welches is a dense network of tunnels crossing one another, housing the barracks and utility areas. The galleries are excavated at an average depth of up to 30 metres (98 ft). Unlike most gros ouvrages, its 60 cm internal rail network was not electrified, relying on human power to move the rail cars. Relatively small for a gros ouvrage, Mont des Welches saw a brief period of sharp action in June 1940, when German forces moving along the rear of the Maginot Line engaged the position without success. The manning of the ouvrage in June 1940 comprised 490 men and 17 officers of the 167th Fortress Infantry Regiment and the 151st Position Artillery Regiment. After modest renovations in the 1950s, it was abandoned in the 1970s.
       
       

       
       

       
       

       
       

       
       

       
       

       
       

       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
        
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Bon journée  
    • By jones-y-gog
      First things first - this place is a death-trap. Simple as that. And it's quite likely to be worse now than it was when I went. But as I have a bit of an obsession about redundant old cinemas and theatres I left all common sense at the entrance.
       
      The building still shows signs of its grand past but sadly any possibility of saving it looks pretty slim, although a Trust has been set up to try to preserve it and bring it back into use.
       
      The four-storey building, designed by G. B. Rawcliffe, opened in 1894 as a music hall, before being converted to a cinema in 1938. It was last used as a bingo hall in 1995. 
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      ^^^ Not sure about that!  
    • By shacklerurbex
      First vid upload for a while, although I have not stopped exploring.
       
      Should be more videos coming up soonish
       
      This gothic mansion was once owned by a doctor who released a mental health patient who sadly went on
      to stab an 11 yr old girl to death. I believe he was pretty much chased out of his home by locals (they may or may not of have had burning torches)
      Nice place though, there used to be more cars, but sadly there gone now.
       
      The car is a 1964 humber super snipe
       
      and yes I know I spelt doctor wrong on the vid title  god knows why
       
×