Mary Portas pops into Willesden for a spot of shopping

Retail guru praised new pop-up shops in Queen’s Parade

Shoppers in Willesden were treated to a surprise visit from retail guru, Mary Portas.

The marketing consultant, who is currently on a mission to revive the British High Street visited Queen’s Parade - a row of pop-up shops which have sprung up in a disused warehouse in High Road, Willesden Green.

The parade has a selection of temporary shops including a juice bar and a vintage clothes store.

During the visit last week, Ms Portas also visited the Library Lab in Willesden Green Library Centre.

The Library Lab runs workshops, provides free use of laptops and also offers a cr�che for children while their parents are at work. offering professional child care while parents work.

The Library Lab and pop-up shops are part of the New Windows on Willesden Green project which resulted in 25 brand new shop front designs being created along Willesden High Road in the 25 days building up to Christmas last year.