The Old Orleans bar and restaurant boat was also refurbished and re-opened on the same day, with new features including a rooftop bar.
Vue cinema formed part of the old Lakeside Pavilion, with a seven screen cinema.
The former Best Buy building has now reopened as a Kiddicare outlet.
There are over 250 shops (including the anchor stores of Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams, and Primark), 50 cafes and restaurants, and a 26-acre (110,000 m) lake named Alexandra Lake with a PADI certified diving school complex.
Intu Lakeside has on average 500,000 visitors per week.
The centre was rebranded as "intu Lakeside" in 2013 following the renaming of parent Capital Shopping Centres Group plc as "intu properties plc".
- the Metro Centre in Gateshead, after its expansion in 2004, is the largest.
The Boardwalk provides an additional 59,000 sq ft (5,500 m).
of retail space for eleven new restaurants along with more retail and leisure space, as well as a 10-metre boardwalk, offering external seating overlooking Alexandra Lake.As well as the M25 the centre is connected to the A13 road which connects central and east London to Basildon and Southend-on-Sea.It is connected to the London Bus network by 370 to Romford and 372 to Hornchurch with other operators such as Ensignbus to the surrounding Thurrock area and First's route 100 to Basildon and Chelmsford.Lakeside Shopping Centre, branded as Intu Lakeside, is a large out-of-town shopping centre located in West Thurrock, in the borough of Thurrock, Essex just beyond the eastern boundary of Greater London.It was constructed on the site of a former chalk quarry.The first tenants moved into the complex in 1988 and it was completed in 1990, being opened on 25 October of that year by Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, Marcus Bradford and Angus Ogilvy.