POP-UPS

From winter wonderlands to one-day only immersive experiences and the coolest restaurants, never miss one of these one-off wonders ever again. This is our up-to-the-minute guide to the best London pop ups to check out.

JANET'S LIST CHRISTMAS POP-UP

8th - 23rd December 2021
6 Denman Place, Ham Yard, London, UK

Janet’s List, the digital marketplace that features products and brands run by black women and women of colour (and one of our LOTI Heroes) is popping up in Ham Yard Village in Soho and just in time for Christmas too. The shop will stock a range of brands like Ahima Jewellery, Naked Clay, Freya + Bailey, Sofia Latif, and Bourn Beautiful Naturals, and will also sell art curated by ATA RODO, a platform that showcases art by black women and women of colour.

THE EMPOWERIUM

4th - 10th December 2021
Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London, UK

After launching an online marketplace last year where people could buy items like the glass ceiling hammer, pay gap filler and the lean in heels to raise money for their work supporting disadvantaged girls aged 14-19, The Girls’ Network is popping up IRL this year with The Empowerium. The pop-up in Coal Drops Yard will be stocked with products donated from COS, The Body Shop, S120, EMIN + PAUL and more, plus a pair of PJs from Cara Delevingne and a one-off sketch by Downton Abbey costume designer Anna Robbins, which will all be raffled off with the money raised going to The Girls’ Network.

FEELINGS LIBRARY

8th - 24th December 2021
Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA, UK

We’ve all had quite the rollercoaster ride through the pandemic so therapy service Self Space has teamed up with Skip Gallery and Caukin Studios to create the Feelings Library, where you can take a moment for your mental health and clear your head. The interactive installation features journal prompts written by their therapists, giving you space to get your feelings down on the page, as well as the chance to read other people’s stories and see that we’re not alone after all.

HURR | ONE NIGHT ONLY

Until 24th December 2021
114 King's Road, London SW3 4TX, UK

Fashion rental service HURR has popped up on the King’s Road with a concept store that’s perfect for party season. You can rent clothes from brands like Sleeper, Queens of Archive, Jakke, Ronny Kobo, Sau Lee and more for one night only, a first for HURR, making it even easier to borrow rather than buy. You’ll be able to collect a garment and return it the next day, seven days a week, with an Oxwash dry cleaning machine in store to keep the pieces cleaned and ready to be rented. You can even get your garms fitted properly with Sojo, get glammed up with a pre-booked make-up appointment, and pick up a Christmas pressie with sustainable gifts from Stories Behind Things in store too.

CHOOSE LOVE POP-UP STORE

Until 24th December 2021
3 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9PB, UK

Choose Love, the charity pop-up shop that raises much-needed funds Help Refugees, is back for 2021 and just in time from Christmas so you can buy gifts with purpose. Services like emergency medical care, a new start for a child bundle, and an Afghanistan bundle which funds organisations working in and around the country, will be on sale, alongside items for refugees that’ll be delivered where they’re most needed in Europe, the Middle East and across the US-Mexico border.

THE TOY PROJECT AT SELFRIDGES

Until 23rd December 2021
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Selfridges has teamed up with North London-based charity The TOY Project for a pre-loved toy pop-up as part of their Project Earth RESELLFRIDGES platform. Open in the store’s toy department, the pop-up is selling pre-loved toys, including collectable figures, antique teddies and classic family-favourite games, for Christmas as well as accepting toy donations, which will either be sold back through Selfridges, through the TOY Project’s own store, or donated to children through the charity. As well as helping to prevent unwanted toys going to landfill, the pop-up is raising funds for the charity’s initiatives like toy and book libraries and community events.

GUCCI CIRCOLO

Until 31st December 2021
Whitby Street, London E1 6JT, UK

The Italian fashion house is celebrating its 100th birthday by quite literally opening a fashion house in Shoreditch. Gucci Circolo is hard to miss with the outside walls covered in their signature “G” print logo, but it’s inside where the real magic happens, featuring a boutique store where you can shop the Gucci 100 collection celebrating the past century of the brand; a listening lounge that plays vinyls picked by the likes of Billie Eilish, Arlo Parks and Sir Elton John; a boujee AF bookstore with all things fashion, photography and art on the shelves; and the Gucci café where you can plonk yourself down and take it all in.

BOWIE 75

Mon 25th October 2021 – late January 2022
10 Heddon Street, London, UK

Bowie 75 is a pop-up shop dedicated to the Jean Genie-ous and music legend David Bowie, part of a year-long celebration for the late artist’s 75th birthday. Open at 10 Heddon Street, the spot where the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was shot, it’ll offer a deep dive into the all-things Bowie. Expect an immersive audio and HD video room where you can hear and see Bowie like you never have done before; previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage from his Golden Years; limited edition clothing and collectables including a limited run of LPs and CDs, (yep, still a thing); exclusive photography on the walls; and the chance to get into iconic costumes and snap pics on special sets.

SUPPERCLUB.TUBE

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, South Access Road, London E17 8AX, UK

Ever fancied dining on a disused Victoria line train? Rest assured, this retired TFL carriage is not the pollution filled, chewing gum laden sweatbox you’re used to on the commute home from work. Oh no, it’s a 1967 refurbished carriage which has been promoted to fine dining status with tables, linens, fine silverware, a curated playlist and dimmed lights to create an intimate atmosphere. Onboard you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink then seated for a 6-course meal from Colombian head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño. Expect dishes like sweetcorn dumplings with smoky corn salad and queso fresco; ceviche Ecuatoriano, that’s hake and prawns cured in lime and chilli; and an asado of beef and roasted corn fed chicken with chimichurri, and cassava chips.

QUEEN THE GREATEST

28th September 2021 – January 2022
57 Carnaby Street, London W1F 7DX, UK

Carnaby Street is already home to a Rolling Stones shop and now another iconic rock band is getting in on the action. Queen is celebrating five decades in music with the Queen The Greatest pop-up, which is stocked with limited edition music releases, lifestyle products and fashion collabs with the likes of Champion, Wrangler and Johnny Hoxton jewellery. Each month will have a different theme with installations that reflect different periods in the band’s 50 year history, so Queen fans will go (radio) ga ga for this one.

Photo credit: Snowdon Copyright Queen Productions Ltd

BELLY AT THE COMPTON ARMS

4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD, UK

Reece Moore, who was formerly cooking with Satsu when it was in residence at The Gun on Well Street (and who has also worked at the likes of Texture, Dabbous and Bao), has gone out on his own with his own project Belly. He’s taken over the kitchen at the Compton Arms in Islington, with a daily changing menu featuring seasonal British produce, dayboat fish and native rare breed meat. We’re talking dishes like pork jowl with asparagus & pickled turnips, mussels with gooseberry & cider cream, beef dripping hispi cabbage with hot mustard, whole plaice with a caper butter sauce, and creme caramel with sea salt.

THE ETHICAL BUTCHER AT SPURSTOWE ARMS

68 Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK

The Ethical Butcher is taking up residence in the kitchen of East London pub the Spurstowe Arms. Founded by Glen Burrows and Farshad Kazemian, The Ethical Butcher prioritises the highest welfare standards in the meat they sell (their beef is only pasture fed and antibiotic and hormone free, and their chickens are 100% soy-free) and they work with regenerative farms to ensure they have a low impact on the environment. You can try their meat with dishes like The Ethical Butcher steak, The Ethical Blucher burger, sticky teriyaki wings, Persian chicken kebabs and Beakbuster fried chicken bun alongside sides like chips with seaweed salt and West Sussex tomato salad.

SHO FOO DOH AT FILLY BROOK

392 Grove Green Road, London, UK

You may have seen Sho Foo Doh, the Japanese street food brand run by Fumio Tanga, pop-up at markets and pubs across town and now it’s taken over the kitchen (Weds-Sun) at bar and arts space Filly Brook in Leytonstone. Sho Foo Doh specialises in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, with pork belly, kimchi & cheddar and squid & prawns among the varieties, and the residency menu also includes dishes like sesame panko-crusted cauliflower with mirin & soy, charred hispi with miso butter, baked katsu curried rice with bechamel & cheddar, gochujang tuna & avo tacos, and chilli miso aubergine rice. It’s izakaya food so it’s perfect to be eaten with a few bevs.

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