Have you heard of Boxpark? Well, you are likely to find Boxpark in some trendy parts of London, like Shoreditch and Brixton. The idea was to establish a pop-up mall style venue by combining retail and dinning experiences. Apparently, Boxpark is the world’s first pop-up mall. Having a great day out in a Boxpark is one of London’s exciting ways to dine.
It was in 2011 that Boxpark in Shoreditch opened up and Croydon’s venue only just opened its doors to the public in 2016 and it is also the first food and beverage only site. It also holds planned events spread out throughout the year.
Boxpark in Croydon is slightly different to the others as it places various restaurants all under one roof. It is ideal for families and women and is visited by people of all ages.
Their unique venue is constructed out of refitted shipping containers, which is an excellent way of saving the environment!
Restaurants to look out for are:
Look out for these cafes, restaurants, galleries and bars:
Brewery, Breakfast Club, Chilango, Cronx, MeatLiquor, Mamalan,The Fish, Wings and Tings, Lazeez Lebanese, Yumn Brasserie, Wine & Deli.
Getting there is straightforward. Check the link below for the best route.
When I visited the venue last week, it had a great vibe, and no sign of trouble with well-behaved youngsters that sat around and a security workers patrolling the area. I had no idea what was going on at the venue so I gently ask the security man what this place was all about. I realized how noisy it was but on the other side of the coin, it was an ideal place for networking and socializing. There were more millennials there than any other age group.
How the venue has helped the local community
- Jobs have been created.
- The concept has saved the locals from travelling in to Central London or beyond.
- Boxpark is just on their doorstep.
- Great if you don’t feel like cooking up a meal after a hectic work schedule.
- Keeps people off the street.
- Independent retailers are able to reach out to a wider community.
Alternative Boxparks are based in central London but Croydon is on the outskirts of London, making it unique. You can easily access the venue – It’s only 15 minutes away from Victoria station by train.
Croydon has now become more of a social hub and has a positive feel to it with the arrival of Boxpark.
When searching for exquisite fine dining, it is so easy to think central London but now Londoners have more options to choose from. It will attract tourist who would like to wine and dine away from congested central London. I particularly enjoy dinning away from inner London due to congestion but on some occasions I prefer going into there.
Let me know about your experience at Boxpark when you get there by leaving a comment in the box.