Boxpark is the world’s first pop-up mall – fusing the concepts of the modern street food market and placing local and global brands side by side, to create a unique shopping and dining destination. Opened in 2011, Boxpark established itself in the heart of London’s Shoreditch to demonstrate it was entirely possible to bring dining and fashion back to the street and provide fertile ground for independent and established retailers to reach a large audience in a big and eye-catching way. Entirely constructed out of refitted shipping containers, Boxpark utilises a unique position in being able to offer affordable and flexible conditions for lifestyle brands, cafes, restaurants and galleries to trade and succeed.
It’s a retail revolution that’s spawned many imitators but no equals. Until now.
Shoreditch in East London is home to the original and unique shopping venue Boxpark. Based on a food and shopping mall, Boxpark is essentially a trendy pop-up area showcasing a great array of shops, restaurants, cafes, fashion, art, galleries, and culture. It’s current and cutting edge.
Opened in 2011 by entrepreneur behind the Boxfresh brand, Roger Wade, the units are home to the shops and restaurants and comprise of stripped and re-fitted industrial containers that run along Bethnal Green Road.
This place is so much more than just a pop-up mall. This revolutionary and innovative area is home to bright young things, great designs, independent lifestyle stores and supports a community of local talent and creativity. Open every day 8am to 11pm, except Sundays, when it’s 12 noon until 10pm.
As well as local brands and food, contemporary shopping and fashion, it also has an extensive line-up of new music and artists. Their regular events include Busk The Box and Acoustic Live and open mic afternoons from 1pm every Sunday, showcasing some of London’s very best undiscovered talent.
The creative mind behind the hugely successful Boxpark Shoreditch, Roger Wade, has decided to branch further afield and open Boxpark Croydon. The opening is to be celebrated with a two-day urban music festival.
The real question is – why not Croydon?
Croydon has been the emerging face of south London for some time now, establishing itself as the new home of the capital’s street art movement and the ‘silicon valley’ of the south. Because of this, Croydon’s formerly unforgiving reputation is beginning to subside and big things are on the horizon. While Croydon is often the on the receiving end of a fair amount of abuse for its brutal post-war architecture and its part in the 2011 riots, it’s also home to Peep Show, dubstep and the BRIT School!
Croydon is well connected too. You can be in central London in 14 minutes and the south coast in under 40! Gatwick Airport is a mere quarter of an hour away and West Croydon’s ‘ginger line’ connects the town to every bustling square inch of south east London – from Peckham to Shoreditch. Croydon is changing rapidly and while areas like the restaurant quarter, in south Croydon, and Matthews Yard are well established; the town centre has lost some of its biggest dining spots, bars and nightclubs. Boxpark Croydon aims to revitalise the area’s changing social and dining landscape by delivering the same unique experiences of the Shoreditch site and planting them in the heart of Croydon, with a couple of twists…
Food & Beverages
Unlike its big sister in Shoreditch, Boxpark Croydon will focus primarily on the drinks and dining experience. Big names from across the capital are excited to bring their vibrant flavours and exciting menus to the 80 shipping containers of Boxpark Croydon. In addition, independent and local food retailers will also have the enviable opportunity of showcasing their unique menus to the people of Croydon.
In future, when people think of where to eat in London, Croydon will be on everyone’s lips. From the exquisite fine dining options of a quality restaurant to the deliciously, mouth-watering selections of a top street food stall; Boxpark Croydon places it all under one roof. Here’s a few of the exciting venues you can expect to dine in when Boxpark Croydon launches on October 29th 2016: MeatLiquor, Mamalan, Cronx Brewery, The Breakfast Club, Chilango, Fish, Wings & Tings, Lazeez Lebanese, Yumn Brasserie, Wine & Deli, plus many, many more!
Boxpark is serious about bringing quality events to Croydon. A town with a rich musical history, both commercial and underground, needs to be celebrated and what better way to do it than to kick things off with the Boxpark Croydon Opening Festival. On October 29th, Eskimo Dance, fresh off the heels of this summer’s Red Bull Culture Clash, bring the crème de la crème of established and rising Grime artists to Boxpark Croydon, including Wiley, Ghetts, P Money, Mistajam, Hatcha and many, many more; with further extra special guests to be announced. With tickets starting at just £15, Boxpark Croydon’s first-ever event promises to be a big one, with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in full support: “Boxpark will be a great addition to the town centre and a festival of this scale is the perfect way for Croydon to get noticed on the cultural map.”