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We may as well own up to it.... we all do some shopping for ourselves whilst doing the 'Christmas gift shop' for others. So why not make sure that you're doing you shopping in a place that ticks your boxes?! Discover Hackney’s best kept shopping secret, The BOX, might be the answer.

The BOX hosts a carefully curated calendar of weekly pop up sample sales from luxury brands. Expect a premium shopping experience, find in-season samples, catwalk pieces, limited edition stock and one-offs usually reduced to up to 80% off. Sales usually last 3 – 4 days and once the stock is gone, it’s gone.

A unique approach to stock and samples sales, one can often find brand ambassadors, and from the smaller brands the designers themselves manning the sales or on hand to answer questions and advise on purchases.

Also look out for their exclusive preview nights at The BOX with complimentary drinks and DJs. It’s far from the scrum of the traditional sample sale environment. The BOX offers savvy shoppers an exclusive opportunity to shop premium brands for less, previous sales have included heritage brand Liberty London, the first ever J Brand UK sample sale, Gieves & Hawkes, forward-thinking London designers Casely-Hayford and Lou Dalton and a multi-brand sale from Nicole Farhi, Wolsey and BLK DNM.

Further sales and premium brand collaborations have included a directional womenswear sale with Peter Jensen, Être Cécile, Rejina Pyo, and Le Kilt. Premium swimwear sale featuring Solid & Striped and Paloma Blue and a month-long Summer Outlet from interiors brand The Rug Company to name a few with many more names and dates to be unveiled soon.

A relatively new addition to the offering at luxury retail district, Hackney Walk E9, The BOX only launched back in April but it’s already a firm favourite with fashion insiders. Sign up to The BOX mailing list and keep an eagle eye on their social media to be in the know before anyone else.



Être Cécile & Être Petite Sample Sale at The BOX, Hackney
Être Cécile bring their playful-Parisian style to The BOX, for an exclusive three-day sample sale Friday 3 through to Sunday 5 November.

Originally launched as a luxury t-shirt label, the brand now offers denim, dresses, coats and more, all inspired by classic French style. Loved for its creative prints and contemporary graphics always with subtle injections of humour and light-heartedness, don’t miss this opportunity to shop mainline Être Cécile and Childrenswear from Être Petite from just £10.

Expect to bag on-trend logo t-shirts and chic wardrobe staples with new stock arriving each day.

To be the first to know about the latest sales and events at The BOX, sign up to their newsletter and follow their Instagram @TheBOX_London – with designer discounts like these, you’ll want these dates in your diary.    

Friday 3 November 11AM – 7PM

Saturday 4 November 10AM – 6PM

Sunday 5 November 11AM – 5PM


Isabel Marant & A.P.C. Sample Sale at The BOX, Hackney

Brought to you by the French multi-brand boutique Aimé, there will be a selection of stock from both Isabel Marant and A.P.C. (including menswear), as well as Isabel Marant Etoile, Masscob, Forte Forte, Repetto, Vanessa Seward, and Star Mela.
Shop a huge selection of ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories at up to 80% off! 

Located in Hackney opposite Burberry’s outlet store in Chatham Place, The BOX provides an independent platform for emerging and established designers. Previous sales have included Liberty London, J Brand, Nicole Farhi and Pringle of Scotland to name a few.

Thursday 9 November - Friday 10 November10am - 8pm

Saturday 11 November11am - 6pm

Sunday 12 November12pm 5pm



Shop a huge selection of ready-to-wear, in season samples, one off and collaboration pieces plus shoes and accessories at up to 80% off!

Located in Hackney opposite Burberry’s outlet store in Chatham Place, The BOX provides an independent platform for emerging and established designers. Previous sales have included Liberty London, J Brand, Nicole Farhi and Pringle of Scotland to name a few.
Friday 17th November 11am - 7pm 

Saturday 18th November 10am - 6pm 

Sunday 19th November 11am - 5pm 


Address: 4 - 6 Ram Place, London, E9 6LT
Instagram: @thebox_london

Website: thebox-london.com


This weekend Hackney Wick get's a new café, meeting place and social hot spot at Stour Space the Stour Space Cafe will open its doors on 18th of November (Friday). Visitors can enjoy a fresh menu of locally sourced food, juices and alcoholic drinks in Stour Space's much loved canal side location, whilst directly contributing to one of Hackney Wick’s longest surviving community spaces. Expect to find regular pop-up food events, an evening bar and regular arts and music events including Life Drawing, lunchtime yoga and weekenders.

Amid widespread redevelopment on Fish Island and Hackney Wick, Stour Space - a founding supporter of the Save Hackney Wick Campaign, remains a hub of activity and an island for the local creative community. The Cafe will operate as a Community Interest Company (CIC), its profits re-invested back into the activities at Stour Space and steered by the local community. It will make a significant contribution towards securing the long term future of the building and ensuring that the local community continues to benefit from affordable creative work and meeting space; an exciting regular program of music, visual art and performance; and a shop selling art materials and products made by local artists and designers. The Counter Cafe will be moving on from Stour Space on 13th November and has made a valued contribution to the development of the community surrounding the venue since it first opened its doors in 2008 as neighbours to Stour Space and then later moved into the venue in 2011.

Stour Space is a socially minded organisation with an innovative business model that uses the commercial elements of the building to support the provision of genuinely affordable workspace for the development of creative enterprises. It also provides subsidised meeting space for local community groups and schools, exhibition and performance space and works in collaboration with local enterprises, residents, artists and committees. Services used by thousands of local residents and visitors to the area.

Established in 2009 by artist couple Neil McDonald and Rebecca Whyte and soon joined by Juliet Can in 2010, Stour Space was the second building in the UK ever to be listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Community Right to Bid Policy, as part of the Localism Act 2011.

"Stour Space has been a labor of love for us since the beginning. Our vision was to create a forward thinking space that could find new ways of sustaining creativity and innovative business with social value at its core. This new venture will enable us to ensure the future sustainability of the venue and protect the workspaces and social spaces of the community that surround it at a time when Hackney Wick is undergoing rapid and potentially devastating changes to its creative community". Rebecca Whyte, Director, Stour Space.

Stour Space Café will be open from 18th November, MondaySunday, 8am – 5pm, plus regular evening openings and events.

Various events and workshops will be happening all day till late

Currently showing in the gallery is Brick Potato, Potato Brick, a collaboration between Malarko Hernandez and Cristina Lina, 9—28 Nov 2016, 9am—5pm daily, free entry.

For more information about Stour Space visit www.stourspace.co.uk

Alfred Leroy, a classic British Canal Boat has been lovingly renovated and converted into a floating bar by Hackney Wick’s CRATE Brewery. We had the chance to on a cruise down the lock just as the sun began to come out a couple of weeks ago. The boat is light and so sunny, on our trip (which you can also take on Saturdays throughout the summer) we had ample Prosecco, cheese boards and cocktails from friendly and knowledgable hosts.

The cruise on offer each weekend takes you two hours up and back on the River Lea, travelling past the Olympic Stadium to the Limehouse Basin, viewing East London landmarks such the Three Mills.  

Whilst aboard you can sample CRATE’s brews, Jarr’s ginger and passion fruit kombucha and kombucha cocktails, as well as British cheeses from Neal’s Yard and artisan bread from E5 Bakehouse within the price of your ticket.
The boat is so relaxed in atmosphere that you feel like you are aboard with friends and on the way you can stand out the front of the boat and do some slightly lower key Titanic 'King of the world' impressions.... or maybe just have a cigarette.20160423_173210

Tickets start from £20 and can be found on the Alfred Leroy website. The boat leaves from Hackney Wick, at Queens Yard. After your trip, if the suns still out there are a few cool bars around when you disembark - why not make a day and night of it? We certainly did.

Canalside Queen's Yard, London, E9 5EN

Behind this wall bar

The team at Behind This Wall will be opening a new bar in Hackney just in time for winter. Having held a four month residency on the Oval Space terrace over the past summer; the former Plastic People club night, roving record fair and peripatetic bar are now settling in to their first fixed abode. The space will be contemporary and tactile in design and feel, with Martin Hannett’s — the inimitable producer of Joy Division and noted audiophile — old Tannoy Gold sound-system warming the aural environ.

The menu has been developed again by bar-tender Alex Harris, building on the ‘Medicinal Mixology’ concept honed over the summer at the Oval Space. As Alex himself says: “We work with refined, small-batch distillers and producers; all our ingredients are free of artificial additives, colours or flavours, high fructose corn syrup or unnecessary sugar. The idea is to rebuild classic cocktails (with seasonal, botanical or herbaceous enhancements) around this philosophy. The notion to the potions: let’s drink to good health!” For food offerings Alex has expanded on the usual BTW oyster raw bar with several Hawaiian poke (pronounced ‘poh-kee’) dishes.

unnamedOver 200 years ago Hackney was a cultural destination for visitors around the globe, home to London's textile

industry and the largest botanical hothouse in the world. The Electric Bloom project has been exploring this

incredible hidden history by working with the local community and council for six months, curating workshops

across art, film, animation, music, spoken word, textiles and garden design with renowned creatives including

musicians Peter Adjaye and Randolph Matthews and leading spoken word artists PolarBear and Raymond

Atrobus. Electric Bloom culminates on September 12th, featuring creative works created by residents and artists,

permanent and temporary light installations, an immersive app­led trail and the premiere of an original Electric

Bloom music composition by Rowland Sutherland and Orphy Robinson performed by emerging musicians from

Hackney. Taking place at night, the trail will journey through the artworks located at heritage landmarks, with

audio stories shared by local residents reflecting Hackney's past, present and future. The Electric Bloom trail will

be free to attend, centering around St. John's with installations on Morning Lane, Churchwell Path, St Augustine's

Tower and more. The app will be available to download on the 10th of September. An exhibition displaying pieces

from the Electric Bloom workshops is also now open at Sutton House. More information on Electric Bloom visit


Unbeknownst to many Hackney has a long history of driving innovation in botanics and textiles, leaving a legacy that can be seen throughout the streets and buildings of the borough and further afield to parks and gardens around the world. In the 18th century the Loddiges family built the largest hothouse in the world, creating a tropical rainforest in the heart of Hackney. The green fingered pioneers were responsible for bringing sights from destinations people could only dream of, introducing exotic species to this country for the first time including orchids, rhododendron, rhubarb and hummingbirds.

Hackney's textile roots are just as impressive. By 1900 it was home to hundreds of factories and workshops and employing over 15,000 people.

Electric Bloom has been working to bring the Hackney community together and strengthen connections to this rich heritage with a series of workshops over the past few months. The workshops have been open to Hackney residents, curated by SDNA and led by an eclectic mix of artists including Noel Basualdo, Annie Goliath and Fabrications founder Barley Massey, filmmakers and animators Rozi Peters and Zsolt Balogh, garden designer and City Scapes founder Adolfo Harrison, musicians Peter Adjaye and Randolph Matthews, and spoken word artists PolarBear and Raymond Atrobus.

Works produced in the workshops have inspired a series of temporary and permanent digital lighting installations created by SDNA, that will illuminate Hackney Central as part of an immersive trail, taking place in the evening on September 12th. On the same evening emerging local musicians will perform an original composition created especially for Electric Bloom by multi­instrumentalists Orphy Robinson and Rowland Sutherland and supported by PRS for Music.

Artists from SDNA, Valentina Floris and Ben Foot have designed two permanent lighting installations in collaboration with Hackney­based artists whose work features tropical plants. Illustrations of palm leaves designed by acclaimed designer Anna Glover will appear in a permanent projection on Churchwell Path, while 17th Century style intaglio etches from Kew Gardens' trained 'modern classicist' and Chelsea Flower Show perennial Bryan Poole, will be animated and used in a permanent projection on Morning Lane. St Augustine's Tower will be illuminated for the trail and images of costumes created through a workshop led by carnival group Tropical Isles will appear in multiple projections displayed at St John's Church, a perfect backdrop for carnival performers celebrating the start of Hackney One Carnival on the 13th.

Visitors to the Electric Bloom trail will be immersed in visual spectacle and sound. An Electric Bloom app will be created by audio and visual artist Joel Cahen, taking participants on a voyage of discovery through the installations and historical landmarks of the borough. The app will feature the hidden histories and memories shared by those that live there along with thoughts on the current regeneration of the area recorded over the summer and extracts of spoken word created by local 16­25 year olds. Lighting, projections and historic landmarks throughout the trail will be accompanied by a soundscape created by Peter Adjaye with Hackney Voices Choir and the Bell Ringers of St John’s at Hackney Church.

The Electric Bloom project is being conceived and produced by SDNA, a creative studio based in London producing distinctive digital artwork in collaboration with creative producer, Clare Moloney and project partners Hackney Archives, Hackney Historic Buildings Trust, Hackney Society, London Metropolitan Archives, Morningside Children's Centre, and St Johns at Hackney, SPACE Studios, Sutton House and Trelawney Estate Resident’s Association. SDNA explore techniques of interaction within public spaces, using emerging technologies and unusual presentation media. Over the past eight years SDNA has developed digital artwork and theatrical productions for festivals, fashion labels, museums, city councils, musicians and many more including interactive gardens at Hampton Court and collaborations with the V & A Museum, the Roundhouse, the ICA, and the Whitechapel Gallery.

Electric Bloom is supported by the London Borough of Hackney, the Arts Council England the Heritage Lottery Fund and the PRS.