Pop-up shops in London
Empty premises across the capital mean there are temporary shops popping up on a high street near you. Stop by while you can...
Mon Jan 13 2014
Now you see them, now you don’t – the best thing about the rise of pop-up shops in London is that the capital’s shopping landscape is always changing, the worst is that you don’t get long to take advantage of the offering at these blink-and-you’ll-miss-them retailers. From six-month Mayfair boutiques for designers testing out a new location before they buy into it, to snappy weekend pop-ups for young labels being given a free space to try on for size, each week brings a new batch of temporary stores.
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The brand that made clogs cool again are back in town at Boxpark Shoreditch for the next six months with a cute retail pop-up, and to celebrate the opening they’re hosting a ‘Clogs and Cocktails’ night out (March 6th). Live music and fancy drinks will start the party, while you explore their full product range. If you see anything you’d like, the store will be offering a 25 percent off on all their new Spring Summer ’14 styles exclusively on the night. The promise of continuous collaborations popping up in the store might make a second visit worthwhile.
If the promenade of trendies at the nearby Spitalfields Market gets a little overbearing, head a few streets south to the famously salt-of-the-earth Petticoat Lane Market. Note, however, that the stalls are actually located in and around Middlesex Street – the Victorians deeming the road’s original name a touch too saucy. Wares range from knocked-down toiletries to knocked-off designer clothing, batteries, cleaning products, toys and everything in between. Behind the main stalls are luminous rows of African styled fabric and luggage retailers, a residue of the old rag trade that was established when persecuted Huguenot silk weavers settled here in the late seventeenth century. In recent years the weekday market has hosted one of the city's least known about food courts: around ten gazebos and food trucks offering everything from dim-sum to empanadas, jerk chicken and Thai fishcakes to workers from the neighbouring City. Especially worth sampling is one of Tomo’s chicken katsu wraps, a delicious Japanese-Kurdish fusion food that is both in tune with the area’s long multicultural heritage, and exemplary of the twenty-first century East End.
Advocates of effortless style Wishbone are launching their first pop up shop. Featuring an in-house champagne bar, the pop up will aim to evoke the essence of the free spirited womenswear brand, which has never previously had a physical space to call its own.
Inspired by the streets of India, Prāna Custom Cycles have brought their vintage inspired bikes to Soho for a pop-up store. The company's signature Rāma and Sita models are on offer for as little as £285, (customisation comes at an extra cost), with the pop-up aiming to reintroduce the simple joy of riding a bike to London.
This cute vintage pop up promises quality-curated vintage, including glitzy sequinned capes and seconds from Chanel and Celine. If couture cast offs aren’t your bag, then there are also collectables, classic cocktail wear and evening openings with hibiscus margaritas on tap. Cheers.
Luxury beachwear brand Heidi Klein is recreating the glamour of its Chelsea and Westbourne Grove boutiques in this shopping pop-up in the heart of Covent Garden. Browse the label's chic swimwear and cover-ups, with free fitting consultations available to help you pick the perfect two-piece. Spend over £200 and get a free beach bag, too.
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This summer pop-up retailer and little fashion school offers bargain sessions of DIY designing that will send you out of the shop with a new piece of clothing or jewellery of your own making in an hour. It’s the brainchild of London jeweller Michelle Oh, who has taken on the premises until July and filled it with her favourite makers. As well as selling their wares, each designer will host classes sharing their craft in the no-frills basement – less a schoolroom, more a cell, but with a maximum of three students per group, and drawers stacked with tools, it’s perfectly serviceable. The timetable includes a purse-making lesson with Elizabeth Dunn (£20, including all materials and your own wonky home-made wallet); a lamp-making workshop with homeware brand Espergaerde (£30) and various ring and necklace crafting sessions with Oh.
The label behind the classic, preppy Top-Sider boat shoe is dropping anchor in Covent Garden for a month. Each week will see a new window-display unveiled, and there'll be exclusives happening on limited days only, including a 'Make it Mine' customisation service, allowing customers to emboss and stamp their shoes (Tue Jun 24-Mon Jun 30); a Henley Regatta-themed collection (Tue Jul 1-Mon Jul 7); and a 'Handcrafted Style' showcase to finish, selling specially-commissioned art work by tattoo artist Nick Horn (Tue Jul 8-Sun Jul 13).
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- Westfield Stratford City Great Eastern Road, E20
- Mon Feb 10 - Thu Jul 31
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- Boxpark Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6GY
- Thu Mar 6 - Wed Aug 6
- Petticoat Lane Market Middlesex St, Glousten St, Toynbee St, Wentworth St, Bell Lane, Cobb St, , Leyden St, Strype St, E1 7EX
- Wed Mar 12 - Sun Dec 21