Q+A With The Southbank Centre Gift Shop, Our June Retailer Of The Month

Our retailers are such an important part of the Wonderful World of Victoria Eggs. So, in celebration of the incredible people we work alongside, we’re proud to bring you our June Retailer of the Month.

This month, we spoke to the lovely team over at the Southbank Centre Gift Shop.

We caught up with the shop manager, Felix, to find out a little more about their store.

Tell us a bit about your shop, Felix.

Southbank Centre is a major cultural hub in London situated beside the river adjacent to the London eye, known for its size as the UK's largest arts centre and its popularity with visitors. It hosts a wide range of artists, from well-known names to up-and-coming talents, covering various art forms. Committed to inclusivity, Southbank Centre aims to make exceptional cultural experiences accessible to everyone. Through its diverse lineup of music, performances, art exhibitions, and festivals. 

Our Southbank Centre shops embody a lively and eclectic atmosphere, mirroring the dynamic cultural scene of London's arts hub. We stand out for our diverse selection of curated products, from books and unique design-led gifts to souvenirs, all reflecting the creative spirit of the centre. As part of a registered charity, every purchase supports the arts, making us a vital part of the cultural ecosystem.

Describe your shop in three words!

Welcoming, Diverse & Fun!

What’s important to you as a shop manager? Tell us a little about your customers.

As the shop manager at Southbank Centre, my goal is to foster a warm atmosphere for our diverse range of visitors, from culture enthusiasts to tourists discovering the area. We welcome avid readers, music aficionados, art lovers, and design enthusiasts, along with those simply seeking inspiration. It's my priority to present a curated selection of products that caters to various interests, igniting curiosity and creating memorable experiences for everyone who walks through our doors.

What’s your favourite season in the shop?

That's a tough one! It's between Summer and Christmas due to the site being so busy and full of energy and each brings such a unique dynamic to our offer and general vibe which I'm struggling to choose between.

However, I'd probably have to choose the Christmas season. It's special to me because the festive atmosphere transforms the centre into a magical destination, drawing visitors from near and far. I love the pace of it all, seeing families and friends come together to enjoy our events, performances, and festive offerings, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Why do you choose to stock Victoria Eggs? 

We are proud to feature a permanent range of unique hand-drawn designs by the talented Victoria Eggs. Each product is of exceptional quality and is designed with a creative touch, making them stand out from the generic London souvenir market. This is important to us because as one of London's most visited tourist attractions we want to ensure we provide our visitors with a quality souvenir and memento of their visit.

Victoria Eggs commitment to sustainable and ethical manufacturing practices is another important reason why we selected to work with her, the eco-friendly brand is sympathetic to our own company values and commitments.

What’s your favourite Victoria Eggs collection?

My favourite Victoria Eggs collection is "Simply London." I'm drawn to it because it offers a unique and quirky take on traditional London imagery. The playful and contemporary designs bring a fresh perspective to iconic landmarks, making it both charming and distinctive. However, the London Christmas collection was a perfect fit for our festive London offer this year. London during Christmas is simply enchanting and the illustrations on the Christmas range truly captured its magic.

Where can people find you? 

We're located in the heart of the Southbank, you can find us across from the western entrance of the Royal Festival Hall, near the Mandela statue.

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