In London's East End in the Shoreditch neighborhood stands a unique shopping mall called Boxpark Shoreditch. It sits on a formerly vacant lot near a rail station served by London's Overground rail. The mall is built entirely of shipping containers that have been painted black. The design is purposely minimalist and targets young, hip, and urban customers. Another interesting characteristic of the mall is that the storefronts are mostly nondescript. The idea is to keep things simple and present a more level playing field among the stores.
Though many of the retailers are smaller, independent brands, there are a few bigger names and chains. There are more than 60 retailers and galleries doing business here, mostly focused on fashion, arts, and lifestyle. There are also several cafes and restaurants selling local and international food and drinks. The mall has helped revitalize the neighborhood and is a popular place to hang out for a bite to eat with friends, relax at an outdoor cafe during nice weather, and hunt for treasures in compact shops.
Boxpark Shoreditch is located along Shoreditch High Street on the London Overground Line. It is a 10 minute walk from the Liverpool Street underground station and the Old Street underground station. Retail shops are open 11am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm on Thursday, and noon to 6pm on Sunday. Restaurants are open 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 10pm Sunday.