(A three-month pop-up that will probably be a different pop-up in early to mid December 2015)
(Bagpuss) Sunday, 3.40 pm
Flat white: £2.40. Coffee was a proper flat white, just within the destination coffee realms. 8/10.
Wi-fi: There is wi-fi with a code but not sure if you can get onto it as it’s the furniture/upcycling shop’s wi-fi.
Loo: A pleasant toilet inside a kind of plywood box/shed; makeshift at its best.
Furniture: Everything is for sale and it’s old, interesting, upcycled and/or reclaimed.
China: Appears to be matching, chunky white.
Food: Has a lot of potential, Bain Marie do healthy-but-tasty looking dishes. Small menu though from what I could see.
Beards, laptops, MacBooks, tattoos, piercings, pushchairs: 0. But potential for 5 MacBooks, 2 laptops, 17 beards, 3 tattooed people, 1 pierced person and a lot of pushchairs as it’s a big space and on the edge of Portobello Road/Notting Hill/the Regent’s Canal/West London.
Water facilities: Self-service water bottle and jam jar “glasses”. High on the hip scale.
Atmosphere: Friendly, interesting, fun to choose what kind of table and chairs to sit down on/at, lots to look at.
Summary: It’s a welcoming space and the Goldfinger Factory is a great concept, an inspiring workshop that encourages creativity with old furniture and “stuff”, particularly for local children and young adults. They even sell a rather lovely made-to-order Trellick Tower clock made from wood offcuts. It’s an ideal place for pop-up food/drink concessions like Black Box and Bain Marie. It’s also great to be within the Brutalist wonder of Ernö Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower complex. Good coffee, inspiring location, but sadly a short-lived pop-up. 9/10