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 happening in London next month. Just hone in on whichever section tickles your fancy below, and browse by date.
BLK DNM: New York-based label BLK DNM pops up in Harrods for six weeks, selling denim-based clothing and accessories. 1 September-13 October
FRENCH CONNECTION: The upmarket fashion store opens a pop-up at Old Street Station, named F by French Connection. We've seen the hoardings, but we know nothing other than this tweet, and that it opens on 1 September
TATTY DEVINE: The London-based quirky jewellery designer has amassed quite a cult following since its establishment in 1999, and is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a month-long takeover at Southbank Centre. 15 key pieces from the archive will make up a birthday collection, and there will be a series of jewellery-making workshops, plus lots more. 4-30 September
CHARITY SHOP: For one day only, the St Paul's YHA hostel has a pop-up charity shop. Clothes, jewellery, shoes, bags and random belongings left behind by guests or kindly donated by travellers will be available to buy. 10am-5pm, 7 September
MOSAICS: Southbank Mosaics has a pop-up shop in the iconic OXO Tower Wharf, selling mosaics and letting the public take part in a large-scale mosaic project. Until 30 September
LOUIS VUITTON: The French luggage giant has opened its first pop-up store in Dover Street Market selling leather goods, fashion jewellery, sunglasses and shoes. There will be a special window display 1-15 September to mark London Fashion Week. Until 14 October
TK Maxx opens a new store in Westfield Stratford City on 4 September. On launch day, the first 500 customers through the doors at 10am will receive a £10 gift card to spend in the new store.
Abercrombie Kids, the more youthful branch of Abercrombie & Fitch, opens its first UK store at 3 Saville Row on 30 August. A look at the website confirms that prices are similar to the adult brand, but it remains to be seen whether topless men will grace the entrance of the store... we hope not.
Prodirect has launched a new store in Carnaby Street, giving Londoners access to the world's largest football boot room. As well as the range in store, the virtual shopping experience lets shoppers browse more options on touch screens.
Loft Design By, a mens and womenswear plus fragrance store, has opened on Monmouth Street in Seven Dials.
Fenwick on Bond Street has opened a new shoe room. It's actually three distinct rooms, filled with over 8,000 pairs of shoes.
Markets and Events
SAMPLE SALE: Accessories brand Mawi has a sample sale of current and past collection items. At Mawi HQ in Dalston, 5-6 September
RECORD FAIR: Old Spitalfields Market hosts a record fair, with specialist traders covering a wide range of genres, and vinyl aplenty. 6 September
DIG A LITTLE: Dig A Little Record Fair returns to the Forest Tavern in Forest Gate. The daytime meet-up is for anyone interested in music. Specialist sellers will be on hand with records to sell and trade and there'll be DJs providing the music. Free, 12pm-6pm, 6 September
FLEA MARKET: Hackney Flea Market pops up at Chats Palace near Hackney Marsh, offering clothes, ceramics, collectibles, luggage, books, militaria and more. A series of DJs will take to the decks throughout the day, and several independent caterers will be on hand offering refreshments to the weary of body and light of purse. 11am-6pm, 7 September. The Flea Market is also back in its usual Stoke Newington spot on 27-28 September
BENEFIT: Make-up brand Benefit’s global flagship boutique in Carnaby Street has a week of special events to celebrate the store's first birthday, including discounts and offers and a pop-up champagne bar. 6-13 September
SHOPPING STYLE NIGHT: Alternative shopping haven Carnaby Street once again has a free shopping event, this time in collaboration with the stylish chaps (and chapettes) at GQ magazine. By registering for a free ticket, you'll receive 20% in many of the shops and restaurants in the Carnaby area for one night only, giving you a chance to get your autumn/winter threads at a bargain price. Plus, enjoy activities such as an F1 car simulator and whisky tasting. 5pm-9pm, 11 September
PRODUCE: Spitalfields Produce Market offers seasonal, local free-range vegetables, fruit, meat, chicken, fish, cheese, eggs, juice, bread, cakes, jams, preserves and local crafts. 12 September
AFRICA UTOPIA: As part of Southbank Centre's Africa Utopia Festival, there's an African Marketplace. The market offers Africa-focused organisations and entrepreneurs a chance to provide information, raise awareness, showcase work and sell their creations. 12-14 September
BOUTIQUE BAZAAR: A new shopping event comes to McQueen bar in Shoreditch, with three floors of fashion featuring a hand-picked selection of all things unique — think couture latex, custom corsetry, headresses, lingerie, exotic jewels, eye-catching daywear and more. £7/£10, 13 September, 12pm-6pm
ANTIQUES FAIR: The Antiques and Collectibles Fair is back at Alexandra Palace. Up to 600 stands offer a vast array of items, from porcelain to furniture, to toys. It's like Bargain Hunt but better. £12/£6, just turn up, 9am-4.30pm, 14 September. Get a two-for-one ticket voucher.
AFRICAN MARKET: Open The Gate African Market at Old Spitalfields Market showcases original and ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes as well as arts and crafts, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, arts and more. Local and international charities are also represented, promoting their actions and raising awareness, and also funds by selling goods. 27 September
VINTAGE BROCANTE: The Vintage Fashion and Brocante returns to Christchurch Hall, Wanstead Place, with expert vintage traders selling genuine vintage items from no later than the 1980s. 6 September, 10am-4pm
VINTAGE KILO: Buy your vintage clobber by the kilo at the South London Vintage Kilo Sale. Stock up on retro clothing and accessories, get it weighed, and pay £15 per kilo of bargains (usually around 4-5 items). At Lambeth Town Hall, entry £3/£1, 11.15am-5pm, 6 September
STYLING: Beyond Retro in Dalston is offering complimentary vintage styling, encouraging people to dress up in vintage for London Fashion Week and the incoming autumn season. From 6 September
SO VINTAGE: The monthly celebration of all things vintage is back at Spitalfields with vintage fashion, homewares, jewellery and accessories. Get into the groove and it could be your lucky day; street style snappers will be rewarding stylish shoppers with £5 vouchers and the opportunity to book in for a free vintage personal shopping appointment with an expert. Free, 6 September, 11am-5pm
VINTAGE INTERIORS: North London Vintage Market is back at Crouch End. The focus is mainly on homewares and interiors, so if you're in the market for some new-old kitchenware, a couple of decorative vases or similar, pop along. 6-7 September
FURNITURE FLEA: Get your pad ready for winter at East London’s Vintage Furniture Flea, with homeware items dating back to the '50s, including glassware, crockery and atomic prints. Beats Ikea... £3/£2, 7 September, 10.30am-4.30pm
DANDY LION: The last Dandy Lion Market of the season has an Indian Summer theme and is all about about colour, flair and seeing the summer out in style. 12pm-5pm, 13 September
VINTAGE COLLECTIONS: To tie in with London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair holds a special event, The Vintage Collections. Vintage vendors have sourced iconic fashion pieces from different periods, so whether you love the stylish sixties or the florescent eighties, you can get hold of genuine vintage pieces. Takes place at Old Finsbury Town Hall, entry £4, 14 September, 11am-5pm
FROCK ME!: Also getting in on the Fashion Week action is Frock Me!, Chelsea's resident vintage fair. For one day only, vintage clothes take over the Chelsea Town Hall, helped along by the Blackbird Tea Rooms. Over 50 traders will be selling everything from 1920s flapper dressers, to collectable designer pieces. 14 September
VINTAGE WHEELS: Following on from a couple of successful outings on Southbank, the Classic Car Boot Sale heads to a new venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Rummage around for some vintage bargains (clothing, accessories, homeware) in the boot of pre-1989 classic cars. £5/£4, 20-21 September, 10am-6pm
POP-UP VINTAGE FAIR: The clue's in the name for this one. For one weekend only, get your hands on vintage goodies at Spitalfields Market. There's also a vintage beauty parlour, live music and tearooms. 20-21 September, 11am-5pm
AFFORDABLE VINTAGE: Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair rocks up at a new location in Marylebone. Stalls are all hand-picked, selling vintage clothes, accessories and homeware. £3/£2, 10.30am-4.30pm, 21 September. Those lucky freshers at UCL have Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair coming right to their uni on 24 September
Art and Craft
ARTS MARKET: Spitalfields Arts Market offers the public a chance to buy affordable art directly from the artists, cutting out the usual commission fees and leaving both artist and buyer happy and with fuller pockets. Free, 4-7 September
VINTAGE & CRAFT: Bert's & Gert's Market is a mixture of arts, crafts and vintage traders, and travels all over the country, including Spitalfields on 12 September
DESIGNERS AND MAKERS: The Designers/Makers market is back at Old Spitalfields Market, giving young designers from across the UK a chance to sell their products. 11am-5pm, 20-21 September
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