After 5 successful years in Shoreditch, Boxpark is taking the leap south of the river into Croydon to premiere the first food and beverage only site, with over 200 events planned each year.
Boxpark is the world’s first pop-up mall – fusing the concepts of the modern street food market and placing local and global brands side by side, to create a unique shopping and dining destination.
Opened in 2011, Boxpark established itself in the heart of London’s Shoreditch to demonstrate that it was entirely possible to bring dining and fashion back to the street and provide fertile ground for independent and established retailers to reach a large audience in a big and eye-catching way.
Entirely constructed out of refitted shipping containers, Boxpark utilises a unique position in being able to offer affordable and flexible conditions for lifestyle brands, cafes, restaurants and galleries to trade and succeed.
It’s a retail revolution that’s spawned many imitators but no equals.
The real question is – why not Croydon?
Croydon has been the emerging face of south London for some time now, establishing itself as the new home of the capital’s street art movement and the ‘silicon valley’ of the south. Because of this, Croydon’s formerly unforgiving reputation is beginning to subside and big things are on the horizon.
While Croydon is often the on the receiving end of a fair amount of abuse for its brutal post-war architecture and its part in the 2011 riots, it’s often easy to forgot Croydon’s cultural impact. Croydon is the home of Peep Show, Dubstep and the BRIT School – where former alumni include Amy Winehouse, Adele and Katy B.
Croydon is hyper connected too. You can be in central London in 14 minutes and the south coast in under 40! Gatwick Airport is a mere quarter of an hour away and West Croydon’s “ginger line” connects the town to every bustling square inch of south east London – from Peckham to Shoreditch.
Croydon is changing rapidly and while areas like the restaurant quarter, in south Croydon, and Matthews Yard are well established; the town centre has lost some of its biggest and cherished dining spots, bars and nightclubs.
Boxpark Croydon aims to revitalise Croydon’s changing social and dining landscape by delivering the same unique experiences of our Shoreditch site and planting them in the heart of Croydon, with a couple of twists…
Unlike its big sister in Shoreditch, Boxpark Croydon will focus primarily on the drinks and dining experience.
Big names from across the capital are excited to bring their vibrant flavours and exciting menus to the 80 shipping containers that Boxpark Croydon provides.. As well as this, independent and local food retailers will also have the enviable opportunity of showcasing their unique menus to the people of Croydon.
In future, when people think of where to eat in London, Croydon will be on everyone’s lips. From the exquisite fine dining options of a quality restaurant to the deliciously, mouth-watering, selections of a top street food stall; Boxpark Croydon places it all under one roof.
Here’s a few of the exciting venues you can expect to dine in when Boxpark Croydon launches on 29 October 2016:
MeatLiquor, Mamalan, Cronx Brewery, The Breakfast Club, Chilango, Fish, Wings & Tings, Lazeez Lebanese, Yumn Brasserie, Wine & Deli
Plus many, many more!View traders →
Boxpark is serious about bringing quality events to Croydon. A town with a rich musical history, both commercial and underground, needs to be celebrated and what better way to do that than to kick things off with the Boxpark Croydon Opening Festival.
On 29 October, Eskimo Dance, fresh off the heels of this summer’s Red Bull Culture Clash, bring the crème de la crème of established and rising Grime artists to Boxpark Croydon, including Wiley, Ghetts, P Money, Mistajam, Hatcha and many, many more; with further extra special guests to be announced.
With tickets starting at just £15, Boxpark Croydon’s first ever event promises to be a big one, with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in full support – “Boxpark will be a great addition to the town centre and a festival of this scale is the perfect way for Croydon to get noticed on the cultural map.”
The party continues on Sunday 30 October with NME bringing the freshest in rising talent to Boxpark to help us celebrate the launch. A2, Barney Artist, Alfa Mist, Nova Twins, among others, will perform to crowds for day 2 of the festival. This is also a free event!
Eskimo Dance, 29 October 2016 – buy tickets here.
NME, 30 October 2016 – free event, click here to register.
The Boxpark Croydon launch is expected to be the most hyped party not only in the borough but in London too. Expect big vibes from a stellar line up as we go big for Boxparks’ opening weekend and provide a flavour of more to come.View Croydon events →