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Christmas shopping is in full swing: crowded buses, overloaded underground and the shove and jostle of the shops and pavements.

I’m not a complete Christmas grouch though: I love the lights and the window displays. And pop-up shops are a definite plus.  They add variety to our shopping, and often save making a lengthy journey to one of their few normal stores.

There is a Disney pop-up on the 4th floor of Harrods. It is a definite must-visit for anyone with young kids. Disney stores aren’t hard to find on the High Street, but this one is special.  There’s an activity zone, a life-sized Woody, a Princess Parlour where the little ones can dress up and then show off on stage, and a Cinderella Slipper Salon where they can try on (and you can buy!) tiny, glittery shoes.

Outside, the oohs and aahs of children and parents alike, reveal that Harrods’ windows are Disney themed too.

Just up the road from Harrods, there’s a United Nude pop-up store, with neatly displayed bright and quirky shoes.

Across town, in Covent Garden, is the Chanel pop-up store. It first appeared in the summer and is back for Christmas. They have a full range of make-up and perfumes. Downstairs is a nail bar and make-up area. They do charge,but it’s refundable against products in store.

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