Hackney Council has been dishing out disused retail spaces to creative projects with some magical results:
www.bannerrepeater.org - A pop up library and bookshop in the old waiting room on Hackney Downs station. Waiting 13 minutes for a train in London is infuriating. Unless you have an art library to hand. Which is free and full of hilarious zine comics and white-space-filled weighty tomes produced in indy publishing companies in Berlin. Simple and effective. I love you.
www.postedprojects.co.uk - A micro-museum to the fading era of non-digital mail. Artworks by Brit Art femmes Tracey Emin and Polly Morgan, among others.
www.somethingandson.com - A farm in a townhouse. Rasberries growing in the salon! Chickens pecking on the roof! Fish swimming in the café!