Fortnum & Mason has opened a new store, bar and restaurant within The Royal Exchange in London. Situated in the centre of The Royal Exchange's internal courtyard, The Fortnum's Bar & Restaurant has transfomed the iconic London landmark into a contemporary dining destination. The bar is respectful of the surrounding neoclassical architecture, proportioned to sit harmoniously within the vast internal atrium whilst creating a sense of intimacy.
The Bloomsbury Big Top in London once again hosted the VM & Display Awards last night, recognising the best window and in-store schemes from the past 12 months. Hosted by comedian and TV personality Hal Cruttenden, the awards ceremony featured 20 categories, including Best Christmas Windows in a Multiple, Best Use of Props, The Retail Focus Readers' Choice Award and Most Innovative Person in VM. Here's a low down on all the worthy winners...
Sainsbury's has unveiled its latest store, a 6,224 sq m experience supermarket located in the recently regenerated Selly Oak Shopping Park. Alongside food, general merchandise and fashion, Selly Oak also includes some Sainsbury’s experiments, including the first eat-in Food Market. Customers can choose authentic dishes from Wok Street, Little India Kitchen and Fresh Kitchen and enjoy their meal in the attractive 180 seat food court. Fresh sushi and teppanyaki from Sushi Gourmet as well as hot pasties from the West Cornwall Pasty Company are also available.
Help Refugees charity Choose Love will open a pop-up store this week in Carnaby’s Newburgh Quarter at 30-32 Foubert’s Place. Occupying a two floor space, Choose Love invites visitors to ‘shop your heart out, leave with nothing, and feel the love’, with every purchase contributing towards a similar item for a refugee, distributed by Help Refugees and their partners across Europe and the Middle East. The store has been carefully designed so that shoppers can interact with the products and discover why they are needed.
Pass On Plastic, an immersive ocean waste themed pop-up from the Project 0 team with Sky Ocean Rescue, has opened at 20 Beak Street in London's Carnaby. The aim is to raise awareness of the plight of the ocean, and make it a little easier for everyone to say 'I’ll Pass On Plastic'. The store showcases plastic-themed art and sells a limited edition reusable product range designed by 10 eco-conscious and influential celebrities – Kate Moss, Harry Kane, Cara Delevingne, Sienna Miller, Rita Ora, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, Fearne Cotton, Ronnie Wood, Will Poulter and Bob Geldof.
Pillow Heat aka Henry Davies, one of the world’s leading collectors of vintage Vans shoes and merchandise, has launch an exclusive permanent showcase of his unique offering at Vans Carnaby Street. Presenting rare and hard-to-find Vans product dating back to the brand's inception, Davies’ collection focuses on shoes made before 1998 when production moved away from the USA.