London's best shopping events
Dust off your credit card for London's best shopping pop-ups, exhibitions, sales and fairs
London's known for its fine array of shops and boutiques, but you can visit those any time. Here you'll find details of the sales and events happening in London this month – the list-based equivalent of taking the fashion scene's pulse.
It’s all leather and metal cuffs when it comes to Moxham’s striking new collection of jewellery, and we like it. Inspired by Egyptian mythology, Moxham's chunky belt designs turn the idea of jewellery as merely an accessory onto its head. Head to their pop-up shop in Seven Dials, which will be running until May 24.
As summer approaches and evenings become longer, indulge in some after-work shopping in Seven Dials. On Thur May 30 – for one night only – over 120 stores including Urban Outfitters, Orla Kiely, She Uemura and Twenty8Twelve will be open until 9pm. Do as the Italians do and take a passeggiata along the pedestrianised streets, slurping alcoholic ice creams from the Twisted Ice Cream Cocktail Parlour and tapping your toes to Lee Hume’s DJ set. There’ll even be a burlesque display from Coco De Mer where you can see sexy smalls modelled on contortionists. Ouch!
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Having made a comfortable home on the third floor of Harvey Nichols, beauty product boutique BeautyMART is spreading its wings and launching a temporary space on the department store's ground floor. Hoping to get girls ready for spring, the boutique's editor-in-chief, Anna-Marie Solowij, has curated a selection of the season's most coveted products by brands including Balmain Hair Styling and Mary Greenwell. The 'Super Edit' will be available for fourteen days only, and comes with a team of dedicated beauty stylists who will be offering advice and tips.
Creating floral beauty in small outdoor spaces is a must for any aspiring city gardener, and luckily for green-fingered wannabees the Balcony Gardener is opening up its first ever pop-up shop. The Balcony Gardener works to help you transform your urban garden, and provides heaps of inspiration to help you do so. As well as showcasing a variety of containers and pots, there will also be a ‘Museum of Terrariums’, ideal for those wishing to grow plants more suited to warmer climes than chilly Blighty.
Nineties grunge might be big right now, but the glitz and excess of the ’80s can’t be topped. With that in mind, head down to the ICA this weekend to celebrate the publication of ‘As Seen in Blitz: Fashioning ’80s Style’ – a new book chronicling the rise and demise of Blitz magazine by former fashion editor Iain R Webb. Founded in 1980 – just as Maggie T came to power and new romanticism began to eclipse punk style – Blitz documented what was happening on London’s streets and within its creative enclaves. Along with The Face and i-D magazine (then part-owned by Time Out founder Tony Elliott), Blitz was instrumental in shaping the style of the era. The ICA’s dedicated Blitz programme includes an exhibition showing highlights from the book and talks with key Blitz players including cover-boy Barry Kamen, Body Map designers Stevie Stewart and David Holah and make-up artist Louise Constad. Cult ’82 avant-garde film ‘Liquid Sky’ will also be playing for those partial to stylised alien invasions. A chance to relive the ’80s for one weekend only.
Feeling in the mood for florals this summer? Look now further than Emily and Fin – the slightly retro frocks and skirts are made from jolly leafy and flower prints, perfect for the summer holidays. There are elegant tailored pieces for suitable for the office too. The sale offers up to 80 percent off end of the line pieces with prices starting at just £5 for tops.
This monthly fair offers up a treasure trove of quirky pre-loved fashions – from the 1800’s to the poptastic ‘80s - for vintage-loving style-queens to snap up. Set close to the salubrious surrounds of Primrose Hill, shoppers can browse through a selection of period dresses, coats and jackets from as little as £10 and upwards. Speciality stalls toting hats, shoes and jewellery are also on hand to help you find the perfect accessory to complement your unique fashion find.
Punks in studded leather boots co-exist with vintage molls at Camden Lock Market and throughout the spring and summer months, We Make London markets will be joining them. Running every other Friday until September, there will be a carefully created emporium of stalls selling candles from M&J London, clothing from statement tee designers Dead Gent and brightly coloured crockery from Dione Sylvester. Operating on alternative Fridays will be the City & Country’s Farmers’ Market, which includes meat from naturally reared livestock and high quality veggies and preserves.
Buy some premium trainers at a kick-ass price at the UK’s first trainer consignment store, popping up at Boxpark: all the pairs for sale are one offs and include both new and used pairs. All products are authenticated by etcstore’s sneaker experts so you can browse exclusive collections, safe in the knowledge that there’s no auction sniping and no fakes.
Whether you’re a gym bunny or not, D.Inc’s evolution from dancewear to fashion-wear is an exciting one. On show in their new pop-up shop in Seven Dials until May is the new ‘Mrs Jones’ collection, designed by the fashion stylist famous for her work with Madonna and Kylie Minogue. Swing by for slouchy daywear or dancewear to strut your stuff in. Launch night will play host to champagne, canapés and a catwalk followed by a swish after-party at The Rose Club.