MUST DO: Classic Car Boot returns to KX this weekend


Designer Wayne Hemmingway’s celebration of automobiles, rummaging and food is back. Here’s what to expect…



Bustling: 2015's Classic Car Boot event in Cubitt Square
Bustling: 2015’s Classic Car Boot event in Cubitt Square
The point about this two-day vintage festie from designer Wayne Hemingway is that it doesn’t really matter if you’re not a massive fan of the automobile. Sure, it helps to dig all things four (or even two) wheeled, with more than a hundred rare cars, buses and historic bike displays.

Classic looks as well as cars in KX this weekend
Classic looks as well as cars in KX this weekend

But there are also cultural attractions aplenty: oodles of street theatre, some TFL buskers and a whole load of impromptu musical performances, complete with DJs spinning a vinyl-only selection of tunes from the 1940s-80s atop an open-air Routemaster bus.

For orally-fixated souls, there’s the opportunity to scoff and booze at some of the best stalls in the capital too – well, this is King’s Cross, home of KERB after all.

After stuffing yourself silly – washed down, of course, with a cocktail or craft beer – why not hit the Best of Britannia’s pop-up marketplace? There’ll be a carefully curated selection of the best British manufactured goods and products.


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The festival is very easy to find too: it flows up from Pancras Square, along King’s Boulevard, through Granary Square and onto the recently opened Lewis Cubitt Square. There’s even a leafy park behind to catch some rays – if the pesky sun obliges.

Classic Car Boot Sale takes place on the 16th & 17th April, Lewis Cubitt Square N1C, 10am – 6pm. £5 on the day / £4 online: classiccarbootsale.co.uk

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But who exactly is Wayne Hemmingway?
Wayne Hemmingway Photo: Mark Mainz c/o Glasgow Evening Times
Wayne Hemmingway Photo: Mark Mainz c/o Glasgow Evening Times
Sure, he’s the bloke behind the Classic Car Boot Sale. But older readers will know that he’s most famous for being the founder of Red Or Dead, the iconic 1980s fashion brand he launched with wife Geraldine in Camden Market.

In 1999 the pair sold the label and went on to start Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social projects. They dreamed up the Vintage Festival in 2010, out of which the Classic Car Boot Sale emerged a couple of years back. Find out more.


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