The Weekly Round-Up

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This February 14th, relax, reconnect and free your Shakti energy – Secret Yoga Club presents Wild Woman Valentines Day at the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green.

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VW and i-D follow DJ, producer and NTS radio presenter Nabihah Iqbal, aka Throwing Shade, as she explores the opportunities and burgeoning cultural scenes of Lisbon and Leipzig. Watch it online on i-D.

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A We Are Pop Up favourite, technicolour knitwear designer Katie Jones is one of Selfridges’ Bright New Things, a collection of emerging London labels making a difference with their work. Shop the exclusive collection in-store or online.

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This beautiful interactive recipe collection designed by Elespacio takes you around the world in 12 dishes – a feast for your eyes as well as your tastebuds.

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A new monthly vinyl mix series, ‘Home Listening’ is created by a group of friends who spend all their money on vinyl.

 

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The Weekly Round-Up

From chocolate to chickpeas, here’s the Round-Up of what’s been on our minds at We Are Pop Up HQ this week.

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The egg that divided the office. Online tickets sold out in one hour, but check out the Crème de la Creme Egg Cafe Facebook event for details and see what’s on the menu [insert egg pun here].

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From Instagram profiles to Etsy shops and high street storefronts, modern calligraphy and decorative lettering have taken the creative world by storm. East London studio Lamplighter London organise workshops for beginners – where do we sign up?

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One of our Pop Up Predictions for 2016 was that the high street will become a hotbed of inter-brand mashups and remixes. Over 224 pages, Art + Fashion: The Ultimate Collaborations explores what happens when the two collide. The author, fashion historian E.P. Cutler, tells AnOther her five favourites from the book.

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Get inspired to do what you love. Grace & Thorn founder Nik Southern talks to The Lifestyle Edit about moving from a hated job in IT recruitment to running one of London’s coolest florists. (And check out her new monthly column as The Agony Plant for AnOther.)

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With half of London coughing and sneezing their way through January and the other half powering on with their alcohol-free and diet-rich resolutions, HQ has been exchanging healthy recipes in the office. This chickpea and pumpkin curry from The Detox Kitchen hits the nail on the head.

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The Weekly Round-Up

Real-life heroes and short film showings,  badass coffee drinkers and enormous elephants. Here’s our Friday Round-Up for the second week of January.

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Cat videos, filmmaker retrospectives and award-winning dramas at the London Short Film Festival. You’ve got until 17th January to catch the cutting-edge collection of some of the freshest newcomers in the industry, as well as panel discussions and events during the UK’s leading platform for short films. See the full event schedule here.

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30 dazzling light installations over 4 days. Lumiere London will illuminate the city from 14th to 17th January, including a floating goldfish above Piccadilly, neon dogs near Trafalgar Square and an enormous projected elephant stomping down Regent Street. Don’t miss a thing.

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The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2016. Biting wind and intermittent, miserable rain have got us yearning for climes less grey – this multimedia travel feature covers everything from temple mini-cities in Tamil Nadu to the stunningly scenic Road of the Seven Lakes. Your 2016 wanderlust list starts here.

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Anything you like. The New York Public Library has announced the release of more than 180,000 digitisations of public domain works, all available in high resolution downloads and totally free from usage restrictions. You can search through the awe-inspiring collection of items by genre, time period, colour… Discover everything from ancient illustrations to bizarre photographs in one huge database and reuse, reshape and remix them as you wish.

 

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Business without walls: We Are Pop Up speaks to James Woodward

At the beginning of October, founder of Brighton’s No Walls Gallery James Woodward listed his space on We Are Pop Up as the newly branded 114 Church Street. Within 24 hours he closed a £1,500 partnership with vintage label House of Bricks. Within one week, London entrepreneurs sent him another 182 qualified leads and the space was fully booked through to the new year. Like his gallery, a business approach of no walls and no agents means that independent brands can launch in this environment of genuinely democratic retail.

Woodward is a prime example of how creative entrepreneurs are using We Are Pop Up to grow their businesses on their own terms. We Are Pop Up spoke to James about No Walls and 114 Church Street, his personal experience with pop-ups and how he has grown his gallery into somewhere that not only encourages innovation but also demonstrates exactly how people are using digital tools in new ways to do business.

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Hi James. First of all, tell me a bit about yourself. How do you find yourself where you are today?

I’m probably best known as the founder and owner of No Walls, an independent gallery I started in 2008.  I also own the Chapel Townhouse, a unique one bedroom luxury hotel next to the 114 Church Street space that we’re launching properly in the new year. I live in Brighton with my wife Lorina and five small children – Luella, Amelie, Charles and our baby twins Arthur and Elodie. We moved down here from London six years ago.

I understand No Walls started as a pop-up gallery in London. How did it develop from a temporary site into the gallery as it is now?

No Walls started as a pop-up gallery with Ben Frost‘s first UK solo show in 2008, before anyone was really using the term “pop-up”. I’d met Ben in Sydney a few years prior and somehow convinced him into his first show outside of Australia. I rented an amazing space in the Old Truman Brewery for a week and that was the start of it all. At the time I launched No Walls, I was working for Sony Music and had planned on moving away from that and throwing myself into No Walls full-time, but it wasn’t until we moved down to Brighton that I had the opportunity to do it. Brighton is an amazing, creative city but there were no galleries showing the kind of work I was into so, towards the end of 2010, I took the plunge and threw everything into opening a permanent gallery. After a couple of years, the opportunity arose to purchase 114 Church Street, an iconic 19th century building directly opposite Brighton Dome and having always loved the building, I jumped at it. 114 Church Street has been No Walls’ home ever since.

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Do you have any other personal experience with pop-ups? What was your most memorable experience?

Like I say, at the time of that first pop-up show with Ben Frost, I was working for Sony and I hadn’t told anyone there what I was doing. I kind of knew running a start up business alongside working full-time wouldn’t go down well but I felt as though I had to do it to get No Walls off the ground. When Ben’s show was on, I took two weeks holiday and planned to keep it all quiet. This was all good until people from Sony kept coming in to see the show and I then spent half the weekend either hiding under the desk or sneaking outside.

Prior to these most recent pop-ups, the closest thing we’ve done to a pop-up in the 114 Church Street space was Lucy Sparrow’s corner shop. Particularly memorable because it was so different to anything else I’d seen or done in the gallery. Lucy had recreated the entire contents of a traditional British corner shop out of felt, some 4,000 items in total, and we transformed 114 Church Street into her corner shop in October last year. For the whole month, we had customers walking in oblivious to the fact it was all made of felt, asking for cigarettes, Rizla’s, lottery tickets, you name it. One night, we were about to go live from the gallery on BBC One, with a cameraman and presenter stood in the gallery ready to go live, and someone strolled in, straight past both of them, completely oblivious to both the fact they had a TV crew stood next to them and the fact that everything was made of felt, and asked me for two Euromillions tickets.

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Why did you decide to make the No Walls space available to pop-ups?

The decision came after we moved the exhibition after Hattie Stewart‘s recent show and were left with a hole in our schedule. 114 Church Street is such a beautiful, iconic building and the location in the centre of Brighton, halfway between the station and the pier and moments from the famous North Laine and the lanes, means it’s perfectly located for all kinds of pop-up uses. Being directly opposite the Dome and Corn Exchange also means that everyone in Brighton knows the building and I’m constantly approached about renting the space out, so I already knew there was demand for it. Rather than putting a show together at short notice, I decided to finally test the water and see which pop-ups would like to use the space. Before I knew it, enquiries and bookings were rolling in. On a personal level, I wanted to spend more time with the twins and letting pop-ups use the space should allow me to do this.

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What benefits are there inviting other businesses to use your space?

The variety of pop-ups using the space and the promotion they put into their time in the space will undoubtedly make more people aware of both the space and the gallery. By opening the space up to pop-ups, the space will soon become a real hub for creativity and entrepreneurship in Brighton and we’ll find people returning more and more frequently to see what’s on, whether it’s No Walls or a pop-up in there. Creatively, meeting and seeing other creative businesses at work is bound to throw up new opportunities and ideas.

Getting involved with We Are Pop Up has already influenced my thinking about how No Walls will operate going forwards and we’ve already been making changes.

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What was the thinking behind creating a new brand for 114 Church Street rather than simply marketing No Walls as a space for hire?

Once I decided to make the space available for pop-ups, I always thought it was important for the space to have an identity in it’s own right. This allows us to open the space up to the whole pop-up market without No Walls having to approve, or be seen to endorse, the pop-ups that use the space. Separating the space from No Walls will also give the gallery the freedom to operate wherever we like. We’ll be able to focus our efforts online and start thinking about pop-ups and projects of our own away from Brighton, whether that be elsewhere in the UK or overseas.

What made you use We Are Pop Up over a traditional agent? What does it allow you to do as a space owner?

To be honest, I didn’t even consider using a traditional agency. I saw the spaces on We Are Pop Up and knew 114 Church Street would both compliment and offer something different to the properties you already had and it was a no brainer. I also wanted the flexibility of being able to use 114 Church Street for No Walls, alongside being able to make it available to pop-ups and We Are Pop Up offered me this. The experience so far has been great and I’m in no doubt that I made the right choice.

Tell me more about how you and other creatives around you are heading online and using digital tools to grow their businesses?

Digital has always played a huge part in the gallery side of our business, whether it’s customers ordering artwork online or simply discovering the gallery on social media. In terms of the pop-up side of the business and 114 Church Street, it’s great that we can connect with so many great brands so easily via the We Are Pop Up platform. Some of the brands who have booked the space knew 114 Church Street and the gallery already, but others have connected with us having discovered the space on We Are Pop Up.

We Are Pop Up simplifies the process of renting short term space for both sides and helps brands to see their ideas come to life quicker than they ever could have done before.
So simple that a space can be viewed online and contracts agreed within minutes. In simplifying what was previously a long winded and complicated process, the We Are Pop Up platform is a valuable digital tool for us.

 

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Pop Stars: the week’s top 5 pop-ups

Yolk’s weekend residency at Mojo

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Kings of all things egg, Yolk are moving in to Mojo in Soho to serve lunch and dinner every Saturday, and brunch every Sunday for December and January. They will offer their mouthwatering dishes centred around the humble egg as well as some new ideas, sticking to their goals of creating delicious but simple food. It’s BYOB, so head over with a bottle and get your fill of slow-scrambled duck eggs or pulled ox cheek Benedict. See menu here.

When: December 2015 to January 2016
Where: 8 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8DP​

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If you’re looking for leather this Christmas don’t miss London-based luxury brand Wendee Ou, popping up at hair salon Salako in the West End. The label mixes feminine and masculine silhouettes, adding the fashion forward playfulness of East London with the wise and minimal West London aesthetic. Pop in for the delicious bags and get a trim while you’re at it.

When: 23 November to 23 December
Where: 85 George Street, W1U 8AQ

Katalog at Craft Central

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You’ve got until Sunday to visit the Katalog+ Christmas pop-up shop at Craft Central in the heart of Clerkenwell. You can find work by twelve designers including Charlotte Farmer, Hokolo and Kuku Big Bag. Items available include prints, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and leather bags. Whether you are looking for Christmas gifts or for yourself, this is a one stop shop for design led, British-made wares.

When: 8 to 13 December
Where: Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, EC1M 4DS

The Glam Clam

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Inject some eccentric glamour into your life with The Glam Clam, a 4 day pop-up which brings you seafood creations from chef Gizzi Erskine, live performance, music and jazz from Collette Cooper and her band of acclaimed Ronnie Scott musicians. Enter the world of a 1920’s Atlantic City speakeasy with a complimentary champagne reception followed by festive cocktails and a five course menu. Tickets here.

When: 17 to 20 December
Where: The Dome Tufnell Park, 2A Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HL

The Dandy Lab

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Mens lifestyle destination and hub for technology and innovation The Dandy Lab in Spitalfields is home to an impressive range of ‘pop-in’ brands. There are perfect Christmas gifts for every type of man in your life, including mini ecosystems from London Terrariums, simple but beautiful grooming tools from Ockham Razor Company, British-made sterling silver jewellery from Katie Mullally and merino mountain shirts from McNair.

Did you know you can also share the shop at The Dandy Lab? Find out more.

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When: Now until next year
Where: 73 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA

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Winter Pop Stars: the week’s top 5 pop ups

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For the next three weeks you can find beautiful winter menswear from the Western Assembly pop up at 114 Church Street in Brighton. Started by sisters Anee and Kiran in 2012, the brand was founded on the realisation that men in search of unique independent retail were under-serviced on the high street in comparison to their female counterparts. Western Assembly provides premium yet accessible clothing that is often unknown but deserves to be seen, heard and worn. Offering contemporary labels with a rich European heritage – from Kestin Hare coats to La Paz shirts – they are dedicated to curating inspired menswear for those who demand more than mass-produced fast fashion.

When: 3 to 23 December
Where: 114 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UD

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Pop-up favourites We Built This City recently topped the charts with the prize of ‘Best Shop in Soho 2015’ at the Time Out Love London Awards. And well-deservedly too – their revolution of truly creative homegrown London souvenirs first burst onto Carnaby Street in the summer of 2014, only to be back again this year with bricks, pigeons and paintwork from Camille Walala. It was such a success second time around that they extended for another Christmas (which is great news for all you festive shoppers). With over 300 handcrafted items from artists, illustrators, designers and makers, be sure to check out the ‘GINgle Bells’ cards by Of Life & Lemons, witty prints inspired by the city and East London-centric coffee table books from Hoxton Mini Press.

When: Now – New Year and beyond
Where: 56-57 Carnaby Street, London W1F 9QF

Image by Jordan Bunker – see more from his visit here.

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This winter take it back to the old school with Pop Up Coin Op, a hub of food, alcohol and – best of all – authentic retro arcade games. Get your hands on Time Crisis 2, Sega Rally, House of the Dead, Star Wars Pinball and Streetfighter in unique warehouse The Depot located 5 minutes from Clapton station. The bar opens at 7pm and you can also fill up with curry, jerk chicken, platters and pulled pork. The first of its kind in London, it’s the perfect alternative night out for your mates if you don’t fancy crazy golf and want to release the tensions of the week by killing a few zombies from the 90s.

When: Now – 18 December
Where: 38 Upper Clapton Rd, London E5 8BQ

Skandilicious

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If you’re bored of conventional Christmas events then take a trip to Skandilicious for a host of traditional Scandinavian festivities and an all-you can eat Smörgåsbord. Located in the magical setting of Chelsea Physic Garden, you can enjoy a glass of complementary Glögg (Swedish mulled wine) accompanied by Skandi-inspired canapés such as Reindeer Sausage and Castello Creamy White with lingonberry jam. The festive Julbord buffet includes 35 dishes that would traditionally be sampled over 7 visits – here you can select as many as you like (so don’t wear your tight trousers). Finally, finish off the evening with Christmas cocktails made with seasonal Swedish ingredients from co-founder & award winning mixologist Fredrik Olsson.

When: December
Where: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS

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The Poundshop is run by George Wu and Sara Melin. Founded in April 2010 together with Sarah Gottlieb, their aim is to spread design to a wider audience by making it accessible with affordable prices and engagement. In 2013 The Poundshop was picked as one of Selfridges’ ‘Bright Young Things’ and this Christmas they bring their brand of bargain products to Somerset House with The Garage Sale. Over 50 designers will sell stock from past seasons, prototypes, work in progress and samples, so expect pieces that aren’t available anywhere else (a perfect present for that friend who has everything). Prices will range from £1 to £100 and include Arnold Circus stools by Martino Gamper, one-off scarves designed by Malika Favre and prints by HelloVon.

When: 10 – 13 December
Where: The Lancaster Rooms, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA

 

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A meeting of minds: how Butchers Salon and Facebar London thrive on creative collaboration

Far from the name suggests, Butchers Salon is home to hair extraordinaires Susannah Jones and Katie Knox, whose mission is to rid the world of mind-numbing hairstyles. They burst onto Hackney Road in the heart of Shoreditch just over a year and a half ago when they decided to collaborate, and in that time have amassed a loyal following of stylish creatives, tending the locks of local East Londoners and crafting hairstyles for the likes of Hong Kong Tatler and Hunger TV.

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The thing that sets Butchers apart in a sea of independent salons is their dedication to creative ventures and support of emerging businesses. They have designated an area in-house purely to pop-ups where they invite likeminded brands to become part of their community, resulting in unique collaborations when compatible brands collide. Susannah tells us that “we didn’t want to just be a hair-based salon, but a whole creative space. We wanted it to be more of a centre for housing creatives and showcasing different talent, especially in the local area.

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Not only does this mean they can provide a platform for the rich talents of young East London brands – “a pop-up makes so much more sense for those who can’t afford a big unit just to test the water” – but also Butchers benefits as a business from these brand mash-ups. By creating another point of interest within the salon they both give their existing clients a dynamic and exciting reason to re-visit. They also increase their customer base with the additional following of the new brand. “We’ve had a lot of business generated from people interested in the pop-ups. We also become friends with everyone involved with the brand, who then come here with their friends and get their hair done.”

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Founder of current in-house pop-up Facebar London, Nicola Fiveash, agrees that a positive difference between their previous location and this is the synergy between the brands. “Now we’re sharing a space with a fabulous hair salon our clients can have a blow dry as well.” The UK’s first professional makeup bar, Facebar London offers the services of experienced fashion industry makeup artists at much more attractive prices. Nicola explains that moving from their previous site on Redchurch Street, the brand wanted to remain close to their local customers as well as grow their reach even further. “Now we have a lot of returning clients as well as referrals from previous ones. Add all the amazing new Butchers clients and that’s a lot of beautiful faces!”

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Busy from day one back in October, Facebar is permanently booked up at weekends with an ever-expanding East London following – discovering the area that works for them and iterating on that success has proved an effective business tactic and pop-up strategy. Nicola recommends to other brands thinking about a second pop-up: “don’t disappear. If the area you’ve been in is right for your business, stay close and keep building your customer base without losing the all ones you already have.” Ultimately, learn your strengths and build on them the next time.

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Susannah also reveals that learning is a major part of the collaborative relationship that emerges between Butchers and the brands that appear in the salon. “It’s interactive – for a lot of the pop-ups we’ve been working with them as well and I think we’re always subconsciously giving advice. A brand will come to us with an concept and we go through different ideas together. It’s nice to think that we can teach in a sense – not that we thought we would be teaching! It’s exciting seeing them grow.”

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This education works both ways. Not only does Butchers offer advice and expertise in conceptualising and branding the pop-up, they also gain something from each brand in a personal sense as well as a business one. “We’ve actually learned skills as well which is exciting. With Facebar we’ve all learned how to do our makeup. We also had a juice bar which was all about living a healthy lifestyle. We’re quite big on being eco friendly and ethical so now we can all make amazing juice.”

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So what does the future hold for Butchers? “Now we have the amazing Tina Outen with us – she has her own salon in New York so we’re going to go over there to do a pop-up project. She has her own Tina Did It brand in here but we’re definitely open to more collaborations.” Susannah adds that they’ve been approached by major shoe and sportswear brands for in-house partnerships, and they are always on the lookout for the next exciting fashion project or standout creative concepts. Be that juice, makeup, fashion or hair, whatever business comes next will undoubtedly flourish in this collaborative playground of creativity.

 

If you think your brand would fit in with the Butchers family, head to their space listing to find out how to collaborate and to strike up a conversation with Susannah and Katie.

 

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Pop Stars: the week’s top 5 pop-ups

YearOne- Collective at Bad Denim

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YearOne- Collective is an East London-based fashion brand with a quiet approach to fashion. Conceptual art, minimalism and counter-culture are a few starting points for inspiration, which they also take from the streets of London. You can find them until Sunday hanging out with their amazing leather and accessories pop-up at Bad Denim, the uber-cool Lower Clapton boutique that’s a favourite among fashion bloggers.

When: now until Sunday 29 November
Where: 82 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 ORN

Brighton Christmas Pop Up

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If you’re in Brighton this weekend and need your fix of fashion and family-oriented Christmas gifts, make sure you check out the pop-up at 114 Church Street Brighton. Featuring The Collective Boutique, Pimp My Stroller, Selfish Mother, The Bright Company, Bambino Goodies, The Bonniemob, Smallprint Books and The Wee Department Store, you really are spoilt for choice. Find more info here.

When: now until Sunday 29 November
Where: 114 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UD

South Pole Saloon

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The creative teams behind Parklife Festival and Heartbreak Hotel have come together to create the ultimate drinking, dining and immersive theatre experience to help Londoners celebrate the dark side of Christmas. South Pole Saloon is a 500 capacity venue located on a fully covered and heated Brixton rooftop, boasting exclusive DJ sets, street food from the likes of Dip & Flip and Crust Conductor, and winter drinks from Brooklyn Lager and Jack Daniels. Check out photos from the opening weekend on their Facebook page.

When: now until 23 December
Where: Valentia Place, London SW9 8EU

‘Brief’ – a pop-up by Nook London

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Nook London is a beautiful East London based business founded by St Martins Grad Hattie Hollins in 2011. What began as a small selection of decorative filament light bulbs has grown over the past few years to become a bustling hub for vintage-industrial design. Visit their pop-up in Islington to see their entire collection plus exclusive collaborations with 14 other homeware and lifestyle brands.

When: 12 November to 9 January
Where: 126 Upper Street, London N1 1QP

Christmas Print Fayre 2015 at KK Outlet

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Unique creative community People of Print have announced their first Christmas Print Fayre which will take place at Hoxton Square’s KK Outlet. Expect the walls to be filled from floor to ceiling with prints available to buy, as well as workshops, talks and even a Meal Ticket in tow. The first event is on Saturday 5th December, presenting diverse speakers and their experiences with print – from publishing and graphic design to printmaking and running your own creative business.

When: 1 to 23 December
Where: 42 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

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You’re Invited: Pop Up For Good at Impact Hub’s Impact Bazaar

On December 4th, we’re popping up… for good! Our pop up microshop, located at mission-driven co-working space Impact Hub NYC, is hosting an evening celebrating all of the amazing impact brands involved in their Impact Bazaar.

We’d love for you to swing by, learn about this socially-conscious brands, and — of course– get that holiday shopping done.

Read more about Impact Bazaar’s mission-driven brands here.

Join us on Friday December 4th at Impact Bazaar – 394 Broadway 5th Floor, 6pm – 9pm

RSVP on our facebook page. See you there!

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#CreativeRetail Celebration with OneGround Footwear at Seaport Studios

Last Monday evening, We Are Pop Up partnered with the ever-fresh OneGround Footwear to host a #CreativeRetail cocktail party at one of our favorite spaces here in NYC: Seaport Studios. We joined OneGround founder Eamon Walsh along with a great crew of NYC designers, artists and space owners all looking to elevate the retail experience.

The evening was peppered with special treats, including fabulous drink from our friends at VinePair. (Helpful hint: if you’re looking to impress the in-laws this holiday season, head over to VinePair’s site for some quick wine knowledge, bound to blow minds!)

And hey — Andre Williams of the New York Giants swung by! A OneGround Footwear lover, Williams joined the #CreativeRetail community for fine wine, fine company and fine shoes.

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