A Popupspace city guide to… Bristol

As the shopping capital of the South West, Bristol is among our clients’ top target pop up locations. A vibrant city with a laid-back feel, Bristol is a hotbed of culture and creativity as well as a buzzing incubator for start-up businesses. Bristol has been voted the best place to live in Britain and is also one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.

Cabot Circus

Bristol is the South-West’s largest city with nearly half a million residents. The population is diverse – in 2018, 16% of people living in the City were from a black or ethnic minority background. Home to two major universities, Bristol has a large student population and a young population generally (with children under 16 outnumbering retirees, and a young median resident age compared with the rest of the UK). Bristol has a strong tradition of activism and independent spirt, and a thriving eco-culture – the City won the EU’s European Green Capital Award in 2015.

The Harbourside Market

The City offers is home to variety of interesting retail locations – from the Regency splendour of Clifton Village with its upmarket boutiques, to the vintage and independent heaven of Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road. Popular markets include Harbourside Market and St Nicholas Market. The Mall at Cribbs Causeway boasts over 500 brands under one roof, while Cabot Circus offers the mall experience in the heart of Bristol Shopping Quarter. Shoppers and tourists also love the maze of small streets around Bristol’s Old City.

Bristol’s Old City

Bristol has a flourishing art scene and has been Awarded UNESCO City of Film status. Residents and visitors enjoy the UK’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, as well as the City’s Arnolfini gallery and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Banksy’s original artworks can be seen all over Bristol, with Stokes Croft and Southville also home to urban art.


It’s easy to see how pop up retailers thrive in this creative and inspiring environment. Want to join them? Contact us today if you would like a pop up space in Bristol.

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