Whilst staying at Shoreditch Hotels, or merely visiting the area, you are bound to want to do some shopping and like much of East London you’ll definitely find some more unorthodox methods and venues for such a thing. Box Park was opened in 2011 and is often cited as the first “pop up shopping centre”. Using recycled shipping containers to construct a range of street food shops and clothes sellers who come and go as their goods are sold, Boxpark is unique in that it offers the height of fashion with great, value prices, bringing together lifestyle brands, the best in coffee shops and galleries, encouraging them to grow and thrive. Below you can find some of our favourite shops in Boxpark, helping you tick off another one of the many great Things to do in East London.
The Brokedown Palace
Beginning its life as ecommerce store, the Brokedown store opened its physical store in the Boxpark back in 2013 and began to rapidly expand from a one unit to a five unit sore as the brands they sold began to expand. The store itself focuses on stylish yet ethical outdoor clothing and accessories.
Hymn is a company formed by a group of Londoners inspired by the British punk movement of the 1970’s. Hymn focus on men’s clothing with a non-conformist attitude, blending style, comfort and originality to create a brand with a throwback yet innovative quality.
Beginning its life in the University of East Anglia back in the owner’s student days, before moving to Tower Bridge, Brick Lane and then to Shoreditch Boxpark. The concept behind Nosteagia is to bring Asian street deserts to the streets of London, incorporating ice cream, sweets and bubble waffles to the city.
Dum Dum’s Donutterie
Dum Dum’s Donutterie is an artisan baked doughnut and croissant brand which uses fresh ingredients to create scrumptious and heart-warming doughnuts. Started in 1997, the company uses a variety of flavours including pistachio, strawberries and cream, crème brulee and even toffee apple to build a wide range of flavours to cater to every taste.
This popular Swedish shoe company specialise in wooden clogs and date back to the noughties. At their Shorditch Boxpark store you can find a range of 70’s inspired shoes, clothes and accessories, all from the stylings of rural Sweden. On top of this, Swedish Hasbeens are handmade in small factories across Sweden as well as being eco-friendly in their manufacturing of the wood they use.
Sourced from Greek locals and independent produce makers, The Athenian specialise in Greek street food hand made in front of the customer. The Athenian’s speciality is the Soulvaki, a tasty meal in flatbread which originated from Greece. The Soulvaki, Greece’s most popular street food is created by wrapping chicken, halloumi or pork in a soft flatbread and adding to it a lush salad of lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and parsley before sprinkling a dash of homemade sauces, giving you a tantalising choice between tzatziki, feta, yogurt, mustard, honey or even a secret herb sauce. It’s not just Soulvaki that The Athenian focus on; with a wide range of takeaway Greek specialities to choose from.