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During our last trip to London, we stayed in the East London neighbourhood of Shoreditch. It was great to stay away from the usual hustle and bustle touristy London and check out a new area.

We had a couple of hours to explore Shoreditch, so we took to the streets. We stumbled across Boxpark, the world’s first popup mall. Boxpark is constructed of repurposed shipping containers stacked to create an outdoor shopping experience.

The spaces are not big enough to hold a lot of inventory, so they feel a lot more like concept shops. International brands like New Era, Gola, Marimekko and Levi’s are current tenants.NikeID Studio has even set up an impressive space to showcase their custom made products. No items are available for immediate purchase. Instead, sales associates lead you to a computer to help build your own custom pair of Nikes which will later be shipped to you.

After checking out all of the shops, we headed up to the second level for some rooftop beers and food. There were lots of great food choices, but as soon as I saw Hop-Namo (vietnamese street food) my decision was made.

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