10 Years of BOXPARK – 10 famous faces

— 9 Dec 2021, 12:00 by Izzy Grant

Over the last 10 years, we have become notorious for surprise celebrity appearances. You might even say BOXPARK ranks pretty high on the list of London’s top food/entertainment venues for ‘star spotting’.

From reality TV stars such as Love Island and TOWIE, to rappers such as Stormzy, Aitch and Wretch 32, and footballers to YouTubers, we’ve got an impressive record of famous faces being spotted at our venues, and have grown a little black book of celebrity contacts who are part of the BOXPARK family. 

After Euro 2020, The Athletic said “BOXPARK was not only a hugely popular place to watch England also became a place to be seen. Celebrities began turning up, ranging widely on the A to Z-list spectrum from Rio Ferdinand, Stormzy, to Neil Ruddock, and of course Barry From EastEnders.”

Throughout the last 10 years, we have hosted secret gigs, surprise appearances, pop-up celebrity stores and event lineups of the most famous and relevant people of the moment.

Here we take a look at the 10 most famous faces who have stepped through the doors of BOXPARK:

1. Stormzy

As a local Croydon boy, STORMZY has frequently visited BOXPARK Croydon both to play and also to enjoy himself with his entourage. He played a secret gig to celebrate the launch of his new album back in February 2017 and returned for another surprise show in January 2020. He told fans the show was free but the location was shrouded in secrecy till the big reveal at 4pm on Sunday. The post was followed by an update which revealed the secret pop-up location to be BOXPARK Croydon. With the doors opening just half an hour later, fans from across London rushed to attend! His most recent appearance at Euro 2020 caused a frenzy as he turned up with his mates to sit and watch England play. He went viral on social media when his wild goal celebrations were caught on camera! 

2. Skepta

Skepta was a regular at BOXPARK Shoreditch when fan favourite Cook Daily was open as he used to love the famous vegan Pad Thai! Skepta also performed at BOXPARK Wembley for JME's Grime MC album launch in 2019. 

3. JME

JME has performed multiple times at BOXPARK Croydon and Wembley, including at Eskimo Dance for BOXPARK Croydon’s Launch Festival and returned again this year for Croydon’s 5th Birthday Eskimo Dance Halloween special. JME also hosted ‘Grime MC FM’ pop ups across London, bringing grime back to a pirate radio setting which can be accessible to anyone. He took these to BOXPARK Croydon and Wembley on back to back weekends, talking to fans and selling T-shirts while also playing music off the album. He also was a big fan of the vegan food offering at BOXPARK, frequently turning up to get Cook Daily or What The Pitta!

4. Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa came down to BOXPARK Shoreditch when the banner was unveiled outside the venue promoting her brand new album. She stayed for a bit and posted about her  visit on her social media which had over 6 million followers at the time.

3. Ant & Dec

Ant & Dec made a surprise appearance at our leisure trader Bad Axe at BOXPARK Wembley in February 2020 whilst filming a segment of Saturday Night Takeaway for the ITV show. They were extremely friendly and happy to take pictures with fans! 

6. Mark Ronson

To celebrate his new album launch, Late Night Feelings, Mark Ronson took to The Green at BOXPARK Shoreditch to create a stunning mirrored heart installation, full of heartbreak advice from the people of Shoreditch. The award winning artist and producer came along to contribute his words of wisdom to the piece.

7. Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer hosted one of the England fan parks at BOXPARK Wembley during Euro 2020. He was part of the pre game entertainment ahead of the England V Germany game at Wembley Stadium. He even got up on stage to perform Vindaloo with Will Mellor, much to the delight of the England fans!

8. Wretch 32

Wretch 32 performed at Capital Xtra Homegrown Live at BOXPARK Croydon with Aitch, Stefflon Don, Mahalia, Tion Wayne, Mist, Ms Banks and Not3s. Wretch 32 joined the BOXPARK retail community in April 2021 when he opened his Green Machine CBD store at BOXPARK Shoreditch which has been a huge success. He had many of his celebrity pals in attendance at the store opening including Stormzy. 

9. Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal attended the BOXPARK Shoreditch launch party way back in 2011 and was one of the first celebrities to ever come down to the venue. During his visit he had a look round the retailers and even made a few purchases! 

10. Idris Elba

Idris Elba has been down to DJ at a few different events at Croydon and Shoreditch including our Shoreditch Halloween party in 2013. Every time he plays he brings in the crowds so we decided to bring him back for a collaboration pop-up with Super Dry.

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