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.
Secret Cinema are bringing the town from Back to the Future to life with the Hill Valley Stores Pop-Up, which promises to bring a taste of 1955 to Hackney Road. Roy's Records will be selling original vinyl, while Ruth's Frock Shop is the perfect place for ticket holders to hunt down a costume for the cinematic extravaganza, which runs from 24th July to 31st August. Complete the experience with a trip to the Elite Beauty Salon for some retro beauty and grooming advice, or drop in at Lou's Diner for milkshakes and burgers. Tickets are still available for Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future here
Sun, sea and Shoreditch: situated at the newly refurbished Old Street Roundabout site, the first pop-up store from online retailer Surfdome combines a little of all three. Showcasing a selection of pieces from surf and skate brands, you can also expect screenings of classic surf films, live streaming from international surfing contests and even tie dye workshops. If all this inspires you to start catching waves, experts will be on hand to get you started out with a stand-up paddleboard (which surfers in the know abbreviate to SUP, naturally).
It's the time of year when we start thinking about luggage allowance, so what better time for Savile Row tailor Richard James to launch his latest luggage collection? This pop-up shop on Selfridges' lower ground floor will showcase the full collection, featuring everything from weekend holdalls and totes to wash-bags and tablet cases. Each piece is made in England, using quintessentially British materials such as bridle leather, cotton canvas and broadcloth wool, which, according to the designer, was used during wartime to insulate Spitfire engines. That's one hot bag.
Inspired by shape, texture and print, trained artist and sculptor Negarin Sadr turned her hand to womenswear to create 'the ultimate problem-solving wardrobe.' The designer, who has previously worked at Donna Karan, will be showcasing her latest collection at her Islington pop-up store until the end of the month.
Founded by artist Alex Noble, ethical fashion initiative Everything Must Go gives studio cast offs a new lease of life: designers are invited to donate leftover fabrics from their collections, which are then re-imagined as striking and sustainable designs. EMG's debut Salvage T's line, a collection of t-shirts that started out as pieces from big names such as Giles Deacon, Louise Gray and Zandra Rhodes, will be available for ten days at a pop-up store on Soho's Silver Place. Each one-off creation costs £125, will all proceeds going to Traid and Childhope, protecting the children of garment factory workers in Bangladesh.
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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