If you’re planning to open a vintage pop up shop but haven’t found the right place in which to hold it yet, fear not, as we’ve got you covered with the following hand-picked selection of fantastic spaces.
508 Gallery benefits from being on the very popular Kings Road in Chelsea, meaning it is well placed to draw in lots of passing trade, vital when operating within the limited time frame that a pop up usually allows. The main showroom has full length windows that look out onto the street, again maximising your chances of catching the eye of potential customers and ideal for showing off some of your best pieces. An additional basement showroom makes for handy extra display space or perhaps as a prep area or staff room.
The Old Hospital sat abandoned for decades but has since been given a whole new lease of life as a home for more than 100 creative start-ups and as a multi-purpose event space for a wide range of different occasions. The raw, rustic aesthetic is very much on trend and gives the interior a distinct London vibe, with the Art Deco architecture also providing a nod to the city’s past. All profits go to The Camden Collective, who support emerging start-ups by providing them with free workspace.
Encapsulating the grandeur of the Edwardian era, Royal Horticultural Halls is perfect for those in search of a more generously proportioned, flexible, open space. The vast ceiling height and uninterrupted floorplan means that even at full capacity (which allows for as many as 700 guests) the venue still feels spacious and airy. Victoria train station is just 10 minutes away for those travelling from outside the city, with St James’s Park and Pimlico tube stops also close by.
Lights of Soho is a space that oozes cool and trendy vibes, with its most distinguishing feature surely the collection of eye-catching neon light-art that adorns the walls. This contemporary décor contrasts with the more traditional feel of the venue itself, which features several characterful touches, and it’s this blend of old and new that makes the space so well suited to a vintage themed pop up or event.
The newly installed RGB/LED lighting system at The Hospital Club’s Gallery means it is now easier than ever to create your own bespoke lighting and thus setting the desired tone. This elegant, multi-purpose exhibition space is a popular choice for art related events, as there is ample space to showcase individual freestanding pieces. This could certainly be applied to displaying the likes of vintage clothing or furniture as well however.
The experienced team at Islington Assembly Hall provide a professional, helping hand to make planning and running your event as easy as possible, but the flexibility to use your own suppliers and to keep creative control remains firmly with you. An onsite kitchen means you can provide refreshments should you wish, with the Hall itself boasting a number of Art Deco period features perfectly in keeping with a vintage theme. With a capacity of 600, there’s scope to welcome plenty of guests, meaning there’s great profit potential.