7 brilliant pop ups in London for vintage fashion and feel-good buys

From a one-off weekend of designer labels to a celebration of vintage fashion, here’s where to shop this festive season…

7 of the most stylish pop-ups in London this Christmas

This season sees a crop of cool, creative Christmas pop ups in London, selling everything from vintage fashion to new design classics. Yinka Ilori brings his rainbow aesthetic to Shoreditch and Coach’s concept store opens in Spitalfields. Across town, the charity Choose Love returns to Soho and don’t miss a showcase of Ukrainian designers in Mayfair. Here’s our edit of the super stylish Christmas pop ups in London you won’t want to miss this festive season. Catch them while you can…

Tomorrow’s Vintage at Spitalfields

Until 16 January 2023

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter

Coach continues apace with its Coach (Re)Loved initiative with the opening of its first-ever London concept store, Tomorrow’s Vintage, in Spitalfields. In keeping with the fashion brand’s global programme, which allows customers to refurbish, reimagine and recycle pre-loved bags, this new pop up is inspired by Coach’s mantra to create “a better-made, circular future for all”. 

Designed as an immersive experience around the four pillars of Upcrafted, Vintage, Restored and Remade, there’s a Coach Craftsmanship Bar – where experts offer advice on repairs and cleaning, as well as customisation and monogramming – as well as the opportunity to buy Coach (Re)Loved bags, with local artists on-site to personalise leather goods with embroidery. The space also hosts bespoke events, workshops and DJ sets, as well as an In Conversation With… series where guests are invited to discuss sustainability-related topics. 

4 Market Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6DT

Smart Works at Somerset House

19 & 20 November

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter

Smart Works, the charity that supports unemployed women with clothing and coaching to help them succeed at job interviews and transform their lives, has joined forces with The Telegraph to put on a weekend of fashion at Somerset House. Visitors to the two-day event will be able to shop the likes of Rixo, Lulu Guinness, Varley and Free People, with fashion names including Kate Farmer, Paula Sutton and Katherine Ormerod also donating a rail of their favourite pieces. There’ll be a Bobbi Brown makeup counter for free touch-ups, and complimentary cocktails and nibbles. Included in the perks for VIP ticket holders is early access to shop the sale, plus free access to Somerset House’s blockbuster exhibition The Horror Show! A Twisted Tale of Modern Britain. All proceeds from the weekend will go towards Smart Works.  

Tickets cost £18; VIP tickets cost £35. 

Strand, Westminster, London WC2R 1LA

Yinka Ilori in Shoreditch

30 November - 3 January 2023

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter

He’s the go-to for technicolour joy, and now the London-based multi-disciplinary designer and artist Yinka Ilori is bringing his rainbow aesthetic to Shoreditch with his first pop up. The store aims to encourage consumers to “connect, experience and discover” – inspired by West African architecture, the decor of the Club Row pop-up is all blues, greens, pinks and violets, creating a sense of hope and optimism. As always with Ilori, expect an explosion of colour mixed with a sense of playfulness. The new collection launching in store includes everything from tableware and textiles, stationery to umbrellas to games, each with its own backstory and all resplendent with Ilori’s signature kaleidoscopic colours, geometric patterns and graphics.

You’ll find the Ayo Game, a traditional game among the Yoruba people, which Ilori has reimagined, plus there’ll be fresh iterations of the Chairman tee-shirt, the design of which draws inspiration from Ilori’s roots while also celebrating his career to date. “With this pop-up I wanted to bring retail back and design a fun, engaging space that tells a story,” Ilori has said. “I want to start a conversation about the future of our stores, how we curate these spaces and what experiences we can create to forge deeper, more meaningful connections.” A percentage of profits will go to Shelter, a charity dedicated to supporting those who struggle with housing or homelessness.

9 Club Row, Shoreditch, London E1 6JX

Beyond Retro at King’s Cross

Until January 2023

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter

The vintage clothing empire Beyond Retro comes to King’s Cross this winter with a pop up in Coal Drops Yard. Over 5000 one-of-a-kind pieces have been handpicked for the new space, which opened in October, with the aim of bringing sustainable fashion to the forefront of the retail hub and continuing Beyond Retro’s mission for a circular economy. Alongside the rails of vintage treasures, Beyond Retro’s exchange programme is available in-store, enabling customers to swap their unwanted vintage and high street clothing for store credit and there are upcycling design workshops on the agenda. “You will come in and see things you didn’t expect,” says Steve Bethell, co-founder of Beyond Retro. “A melange, a celebration of everything from sparkles to leather to workwear. It’s a really exciting opportunity to be at King’s Cross and to be part of the landscape of new modern fashion.”

Unit 79-81, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London N1C 4DQ

Authentic_UA at Duck & Dry

7 November - 4 December

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter
7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter

Yulia Rorstrom, the Ukrainian-born founder of Duck & Dry – the boutique hair salon with locations across London – presents Authentic_UA. The four-week pop up, which takes place in the Mayfair and Chelsea outposts, showcases the work of Ukrainian designers, with stylist Eka Kapanadze, also from Ukraine, curating over 20 brands across fashion, accessories and home decor. The aim is to not only celebrate and shine a light on these creatives but also to provide an opportunity for customers to support them financially through their purchases. 50% from every sale will go directly to the designers, with the other 50% donated to Rebuild Ukraine Together, a charity set up to support Ukrainians during the conflict. “The Ukrainian creative community, both in Ukraine and abroad, is united in spirit, courage and bravery – showing relentless ingenuity by designing new collections in the most difficult of circumstances,” explains Yulia. 

33 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZQ (7 – 20 November)

335 – 337 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5ES (21 November – 4 December)

Rites at ME London

1 - 5 December

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter
The Marconi Lounge at MeLondon

Rites, the sustainable luxury rental platform, will be in situ in ME London at the beginning of December. The pop up takes place in the hotel’s Marconi Lounge and will offer guests and visitors alike the opportunity to rent designer pieces by the likes of Prada, Balenciaga, Aje, Ganni and Self Portrait. With plenty of sequins, velvet and glitz available, it’s the perfect pop up if you’re looking for something to wear in the lead-up to Christmas. There’s also a personal styling service available to hotel guests with a Rites stylist, available in the comfort of their own room. Once you’ve chosen your partywear, why not head for the rooftop, which has been transformed into a Winter Garden, for festive cocktails and views of London’s twinkling streets below.

Choose Love in Soho

Until 24 December

7 of the most stylish pop ups in London to visit this winter

Choose Love, the charity that has raised millions to provide support for displaced and vulnerable communities since it was founded in 2015, returns to Carnaby with its ever-popular “shop ‘til you drop, and leave with nothing” pop up on Foubert’s Place. The shop, now in its sixth year, sells real items and life-saving interventions which go to refugees around the world; you simply choose from the items on display and pay for them. Once you’ve chosen, Choose Love makes sure that whatever you buy goes directly to those who need it most.

Items for sale include winter essentials (blankets and sleeping bags, coats, heating fuel, waterproof tents), most-needed items (hot food, women’s support and care for unaccompanied children, mental health care) and life-changing interventions (sea rescue, evacuations, clean water, reuniting a family). Customers who want to give even more can select from the Bundle of Warmth and the Bundle of Love, which combine vital essentials to make sure people are getting what they need most, and you can, of course, select the ‘One of Everything’ option. Do look out for the charity’s celebrity ambassadors and supporters, many of whom volunteer to work on the shop floor and behind the tills. 

15-17 Foubert’s Place, Carnaby, London W1F 7QB

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