It’s easy to get caught up in the large shopping centres and accessible chain stores that London has to offer. But look a little further and there are plenty of one-off shopping events too. We’ve rounded up the best pop-up shops, markets and fairs that are happening in London this month. Just hone in on whichever section tickles your fancy below, and browse by date.
CARNABY GOES WILD: To coincide with the launch of the new Lions400 conservation and fundraising campaign, ZSL London Zoo has a seven week pop-up store in Carnaby Street. As well as several unique products, including an exclusive homeware range designer by Elizabeth Emanuel (who designed Princess Diana's wedding dress), there are free talks about various conservation projects happening each Thursday. Shoppers can also watch videos and see displays about ZSL's conservation work worldwide. Until 28 July
POP-UP STREET: Floral Street in Covent Garden has become London's first ever pop-up street, with shops and galleries appearing along the road for various periods of time. See below for some of Covent Garden's current pop-ups.
SWIMWEAR: Off on holiday? Head to Floral Street in Covent Garden as swimwear brand Heidi Klein has a pop-up store, in addition to the permanent boutiques in Chelsea and Westbourne Grove.
OHH LA LA: Parisian footwear brand Bobbies has just begun a year-long residency in Covent Garden, its first ever store outside of France.
SHOE POP-UP: Footwear brand Cocorose London has opened a pop-up boutique at Glassworks on Shelton Street in Covent Garden. Until 1 September
FLEET LONDON: A new design collective called Fleet London will be taking over 36 Islington Green, making and selling fashion, homewares and print designs. From 5 July, open Tuesday-Sunday throughout July and August.
Markets and Events
GARDEN PARTY: The Curious Cat Market launches in Wimbledon this month, and throws a garden party to celebrate. Expect a modern market with plenty of activities such as face painting, a kids' area, food stalls and more. 5 July, 11am-5.30pm.
CREATIVE SHOPPING: Queens Parade in Willesden Green has been transformed into a space for creative independent businesses. The first Saturday of every month is a day of activities, workshops, entertainment, special offers, live music and more. 5 July, 11am-6pm
FLEA MARKET: Hackney Flea Market takes over Abney Hall with over 50 traders, from professionals usually found in Brick Lane and Bermondsey Antique Market, to locals having a clear-out. All traders are handpicked, so expect a good mix. A local "musicologist" (only in Hackney) will be DJing the event. 11am-6pm, 5-6 July
TRAFFIC-FREE REGENT STREET: Every Sunday in July, Regent Street goes traffic-free for Summer Streets, with a different theme each week. As well as a chance to shop with more space, there are pop-up events along a different theme. 6 July is Regent Street Garden Party, 13 July has a Love Food theme, 20 July celebrates all things fashion and 27 July celebrates the 25th anniversary of ice cream brand Magnum. More information here. 6-27 July
SUMMER MARKET: N1 Centre in Islington holds its second summer market of the year, with stallholders selling handcrafted items such as candles and cashmere products. 7-13 July
STYLISH SECOND HAND: Good Jumble is at Havelock Walk in Forest Hill, bringing together local buyers and sellers of good quality second-hand women’s clothes to give once-loved clothes a chance to find a new home. £3 entry, 11am-2pm, 12 July
YARD SALE: An American-style mid century market comes to Kings Cross, give people a chance to trade once-loved treasures. There's also bunting and hay bales, vintage wares, funk and blues, and a chance to Lindy Hop learning from the pros. 12 July
POP-UP FASHION: Barbican is opening a cutting edge pop-up fashion market for nine days in July. Ram Place Fashion Market will open in a derelict warehouse off Morning Lane in Hackney, with new graduates and up-and-coming designers exhibiting their work. 12-20 July
MAKE A MAGNUM: Selfridge's shoppers are being given a chance to create their own Magnum to celebrate the brand's 25th birthday, with a choice of flavours and toppings. Apparently, there are more than 250,000 flavour combinations available. We're wondering if there's some sort of discount if you make your way through them all? Until 30 August
FESTIVAL FROCKS: So Vintage brings a festival theme to this month's market at Spitalfields, giving shoppers a chance to revamp their wardrobes before heading out to the summer's festivals. Whisper 'Vintage Festival' to a trader with a So Vintage poster on their stall for a 10% discount, plus roaming street snappers will be rewarding stylish shoppers with vouchers, so throw your glad rags on. Free, 5 July, 11am-5pm
PIMP YOUR PAD: Moved house recently, or just looking to pimp your pad? Judy's Vintage Furniture Flea comes to York Hall in Bethnal Green, giving retro-lovers a chance to match their homes to their wardrobes. From the crucial, such as tables and chairs, to the whimsical (crockery, kitchenalia, cameras), the theme is "Kitsch and the Collectible". We're tempted to pop along, just to watch people trying to get their new dining tables and chairs home on the Tube. Entry is £2 from 11am, or £3 for keen beans who want earlybird access at 10.30am. 6 July, 10.30am-4.30pm
SUMMER STOCK: Frock Me vintage fair makes its final sojourn of the summer at Chelsea Town Hall, so stock up on 1950s print dresses and summer essentials for the holidays while you can. Designer pieces such as Ossie Clark, Dior, Pucci and YSL are also available to the beady-eyed bargain hunter. Entry is £4 (£2 for students) and tickets can be purchased in advance. 13 July, 11am-5.30pm
VINTAGE SUITCASES: Pop Up Vintage Fairs is also going for a summer festival theme at Old Spitalfields Market this month, with vintage suitcases filled with fashion bargains. 19 July, 11am-5pm
Art and Craft
PUTNEY DESIGNERS: Wandsworth artists and designers, from wood carvers and furniture makers to painters and photographers, will be peddling their wares at Putney Embankment Art & Design Market. Takes place on The Embankment, Lower Richmond Road, between the Thai Square Restaurant and Thames Place. 6 July, 10am-4pm
ART MARKET: Spitalfields Art Market offers shoppers the chance to browse and buy affordable art direct from established and up and coming artists. Exhibitors include My London Story, with black and white photographs of East London. 3-6 July and 31 July-3 August
UK DESIGNERS: Designers Makers monthly market pops up in Old Spitalfields, showcasing creative talent from across the UK. 19 July, 11am-5pm
FOYLES FLAGSHIP: Foyles bookshop has opened its new flagship shop on Charing Cross Road, a mere hop and a jump from the old store. The opening festival featured department openings from the likes of Michael Palin, Jarvis Cocker and Hilary Mantel. Sadly though, the St Pancras branch of the bookstore closes on 31 July.
SOHO BIKES: In mid-June, Soho Bikes opened. A bike accessories shop/bike repair workshop/bike-friendly cafe, it is on Berwick Street in Soho.
USC: Mixed fashion brand USC has opened a flagship store on Oxford Street, celebrating the company's 25th anniversary, and selling names such as Lacoste.
FOODIE TOTTENHAM: Tottenham Green has a new weekly food market, Tottenham Green Market, which launched at the end of June.
WAPPING MARKET: Wapping also has a new weekly food market, with 30 traders set up on the waterside with local produce and food to go.
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