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OPEN HOUSE Pop-Up Shop by John Lewis @ N1 Shopping Centre, Islington

House by John Lewisという新しい家庭用品・家具ブランドの販促のために、大手デパートチェーンのジョン・ルイスが10月18日、イズリントンのN1 shopping centreに「Open House by John Lewis」というpop up shop(期間限定ショップ)をオープンさせた。

House by John Lewisは、最新のデザイン製品を手頃な価格で提供する、新しい自社ブランド。IKEAやHabitatと同じコンセプトで、見た目も似ている。IKEAは郊外に店舗があるから客の奪い合いにはならないかもしれないけれど、繁華街に店舗を持ち、既に経営危機にあるHabitatにとっては、強力なライバル出現だ。以前、色々お世話になったHabitatには同情するが、弱肉強食の社会、力と金があるものが勝つのが世の習いだから仕方ない。

11月10日まで、Open Houseは店内のコーヒー&ジュースバーと共に、毎日朝10時から営業している。店ではまた、映画上映(火曜日)、ストリートフード料理教室、カクテル等のドリンクがタダのOpen House Party(毎金曜日)など各種イベントが催され、全て無料。日曜日は、ボードゲームで遊ぶことも出来る。さすがイギリスが誇るジョン・ルイス。太っ腹だ。

On October 18th, Department store chain John Lewis opened a temporary pop up shop, ‘Open House by John Lewis’, in Islington’s N1 shopping centre, to promote its House by John Lewis homewares and furniture range.

House by John Lewis is a range of modern but affordable products for a contemporary home. Look exactly like IKEA or Habitat. IKEA shops in suburbia don’t have to go on a turf war with John Lewis, but already troubled Habitat stores on high street must see it as a new powerful competitor. As once a fun, I feel very sorry for Habitat, but this is life.

Open House, as well as a coffee and juice bar in the shop, is open from 10am every day until November 10. The shop also hosts free events regularly, such as Tuesday night film screening, a street food workshop, and Open House Party every Friday with free drinks. On Sundays shoppers can enjoy board games and Bloody Marys. How generous they are!


Film screening space downstairs. The deck chairs look a bit uncomfortable but it is free at the end and can’t demand too much.

House by John Lewis製品は、John Lewisのウェブサイトで購入可能。最寄りのジョン・ルイスや提携スーパー・Waitroseでの商品受け取りは送料無料。

House by John Lewis products are available on John Lewis’ website. Click & collect service from John Lewis and Waitrose supermarket is free.

Pitfield Lifestyle Shop & Café @ Pitfield Street

Time Out誌をパラパラとめくっていたら、Old StreetとHoxton Squareの間にある通り、Pitfield Streetが今Hipに変わりつつあるという(→Time Out記事)。私たちがこの近辺をうろつくようになった頃は、うらぶれたパブやケバブショップ、エスニック系食品&雑貨店などが数軒あるだけの何の変哲もない通りだったが、オールドストリート駅&ホクストンから至近というその好立地のおかげか、近年、洒落たヘアサロンや自転車ショップ&ジュースバー(私たちもここで自転車のメンテをお願いしている)が次々とオープン。和風カフェのようなたたずまいの日本人経営?のタトゥーショップまでできた。

その中で見覚えのない店が1軒、知らない間にオープンしていたのがこのPitfield。上階にオフィスを構えるインテリア・デザイナー経営の、無国籍&時代を超えた、スタイリッシュでカラフルな生活用品・ヴィンテージ雑貨などを扱うお店だ(→Time Outの店紹介)。


When I was checking the Time Out magazine, I saw an article talking about Pitfield Street, located in between Old Street and Hoxton Square. When we moved in the neighbourhood and started to walk around the area, the Pitfield was nothing more than shabby street with few gloomy pubs, kebab shops, and ethnic grocery shops. However, with this excellent location just next to Hoxton, recently this “stubbornly grotty” (Time Out says. Not me!) street has started to change, and some hip hair salons, bike shop & juice bar (where we brought our bikes for maintenance), and even Japanese tatoo parlor which looks more like modern café than scary tatoo salon (→Time Out article).

Among the places, there was one place we didn’t know, which opened quite recently, I believe. That is “Pitfield“, a stylish lifestyle shop & café, owned by an interior designer who has his office upstairs and his business partner, filled with colourful vintage & modern homewares from UK and abroad (→Time Out article).

We tried out the café on our visit to the shop. Surprisingly there was a queue after lunch time. Flatbread sandwiches occupy top half of the showcases and a variety of good-looking cakes and tarts sit on the bottom . When moving closer to the cashier, voilà, big dishes of deli food such as quiches, salads, and lasagne appeared. Staffs were talking in French and this heightened my expectation for the food. M ordered vegetable lasagne and I got ham and cheese quiche. The dishes were warmed up, which is a plus, but I was a bit disappointed – the shell of my quiche was too hard and couldn’t easily cut with fork (there was no knife in their cutlery box), and the side salad didn’t have any taste without dressing. We were like, “ok, let’s move on and try world-renown ‘French’ cake”. After the meal, we had an almond bar, espresso and tea. Hot drinks are served with vintage? (or looking?) iittala cup & saucer. A little bit of good touch. Almond cake was not bad but not jaw-dropping. I guess my expectation was too high… However, there is no other nice café around, so the café is still useful and won’t fail, I believe.

イッタラのカップに入った紅茶、エスプレッソ、アーモンドケーキ / Tea and espresso, served with iittala cup & saucer, and almond bar

入って右側がカフェ、左側がショップ。ショップは意外に奥行きがあって広い / Café is on the right, and the shop space is on the left half. The shop has a depth, and bigger than I expected

窓から山積みのメレンゲが見える / Mountain of meringues seen through the windows