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World's First Pop-Up Mall

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Shoreditch is no slouch when it comes to being a headquarters of hip in London. However, it really set itself apart when 'Boxpark' opened along Bethnal Green Road.

It's purported to be the "World's First Pop-Up Mall". As the name suggests, it was created from old boxcars and houses trendy brands like Nike and Marimekko, with an obvious focus on menswear and gifts. Street level storefronts are all for shopping, the second level storefronts are focused on permanent cafes and pop-up food sellers.

On a nice London day, the second level is a grand place to sit and stay for a while as you enjoy sampling Vietnamese food, burgers, traditional English pies, burritos, French desserts and even a refreshing Pimm's.

'Boxpark' isn't far from several tube and overland stations such as Liverpool but plan to walk the neighborhood, enjoying the plentiful graffiti that marks the Shoreditch and Brick Lane areas of London either before or after your experience at the mall.

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by Kirsten Alana
AFAR Local Expert
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