Okay, admittedly this is right on our doorstep – But this is one hell of a shopping concept. Labelled as the “World’s first pop up mall” – This collection of shipping containers have been neatly constructed to offer a myriad of micro shops, literally one on top of the other.
The concept is the vision of Roger Wade, creator of Boxfresh in partnership with real estate developers Hammerson and Ballymore.
BOXPARK strips and refits shipping containers to create unique, low cost, low risk, ‘box shops’. Put them together with a unique mix of international fashion, arts and lifestyle brands, galleries and cafés and you’ve got the world’s first ‘pop-up’ mall – so named because its basic building blocks are inherently movable: they can, and will, literally pop up anywhere in the world. Find out more on the Boxpark website. – Or have a look at this accompanying video story:
Brought to you by the ever popular purveyors of progressive working class entertainment and culture, the indie market stalls in the Barbican foyer present a refreshing alternative to high street fare. The market is linked to the Christmas season production of Copyright Christmas, a satirical glance towards the consumer, capitalist orgy that has overtaken the festive season. Step inside the Duckie superstore and marvel at the decaying arcades of branded Britain, the 2011 Christmas show by Duckie at Barbican anticipates the demise of Western capitalism with anarchic glee. The promenade performance features everyone from supermarket sweepers to sweatshop Santas, with the odd saucy shopaholic thrown into the mix. Find out more on the dedicated microsite.
It doesn’t matter whether you have been naughty or nice, because you can simply ask the devil to guarantee you a special Christmas present – Instead of sitting on the knee of Father Christmas and promising you’ve been good, visitors to one of the top Londons tourist attractions can meet the Prince of Darkness himself in his grotesque grotto and hear a dreadful chorus from the Carol Sinners. Throughout December and over Christmas, the Prince of Darkness will be taking up residence in his very own Satan’s grotto, surrounded by gothic and gory decorations such as elves impaled on spikes, mounted reindeer heads, black Christmas trees, icy spiders’ webs and robins slowly roasting over an open fire. Created as an antidote to the commercial Christmas nightmare that is the festive season in the city, the Satans grotto at London Dungeon is the ideal place for those that want to get away from all the cheery Christmas scenes of Santa and his sleigh, and all the hassle of Christmas shopping. So there you go! – Find out more on the London Dungeon website.
Over five days in December CIRCUS will see a cherry picked selection of the most exciting emerging British design and fashion labels set up shop in the heart of East London in the theatrical setting of a disused power station. This dramatic venue will play host to a unique shopping experience of carefully selected labels ranging from homewares, ceramics, fashion, jewellery, taxidermy and art amongst many others. Each label will create their very own concept stall which pushes the standard boundaries of retail presentation; the more imaginative, the better! Also present will be a traditional Christmas bakery and cafe hosted by Lily Vanilli, a Bloody Mary bar by Little Devil Spices, florist by Rebel Rebel, spicy cider and mulled wine stand as well as a nitrogen ice cream and hot chocolate food experience by the Blanch and Shock culinary wizards. Over the weekend of the event, CIRCUS will also play host to The Fashion Trunk Show where fashion luminaries including Susie Bubble, Katie Eary, Fred Butler and Atalanta Weller amongst many others will sell their covetable wares, bric-a-brac and current collections with voluntary donations going to Crisis’s Christmas Dinner Campaign. Find out more on the Circus website
The original building, a late Victorian warehouse, was carefully converted over a period of three years prior to the launch in 2008. On site you will find what they call humbly a typical British caff serving food, nothing challenging or complicated, just straightforward hearty ingredients and recipes. The menu includes breakfast served throughout the day, fish and chips, pies, sandwiches, puddings and fruit crumbles. Open all day for coffees, teas, English ales, juices, biscuits and cakes. The late-night menu includes Welsh rabbit, kedgeree and hot chocolate with shortbread. The bakery is open daily from 8am with an extensive selection of breads, including bloomers, French baguettes, sourdough and traditional bridge rolls. Cakes, biscuits, confectionery and breakfast pastries (OH YES!!! Did we say they were awesome yet?, together with takeaway coffees and teas, are also available. The shop specialises in great British food and drink products. From established English brands such as Maldon Salt and HP Sauce to Daylesford Organic. The shelves will be stocked with a range of everyday items such as jams, biscuits and teas, along with special occasion Prestat chocolate treats and cooks essentials like stocks and goose fat. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, some of which will come from the kitchen garden at Barton Court, Terence Conran’s country home, plus cheeses and creamery items from Neal’s Yard Dairy, together with a selection of pies and prepared meals, will also be available.Find out more under the Albion section on the Boundary website