Three new food halls, including UK’s largest, planned for London
A group of UK-based property investors and restaurateurs are opening three new sites called Market Halls in a bid to redefine the British concept of food halls and the UK’s dining scene.
Market Hall Fulham is the first site to open in the entrance hall of the Edwardian Underground station in Fulham Broadway this spring, encompassing a bar, 10 kitchens and seating for 180.
Market Hall Victoria will open in the summer in a former nightclub site at Terminus Place. It will have a 3-story food hall, three bars and 14 kitchens.
The third site, Market Hall West End, will launch in the Autumn at the former BHS building on Oxford Street. Featuring a mix of local producers, retailers, restaurants, street food vendors, four bars, event spaces and a demo kitchen, it’s believed to become the largest food hall in the UK.
All three sites will be open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Market Halls is headed up by CEO Andy Lewis-Pratt and restaurateur behind London’s Pitt Cue Co Simon Anderson. The pair spent the past year visiting sites in New York, Amsterdam, Madrid, Lisbon and the UK where they took inspiration for the Market Halls.
“Food halls are nothing new of course, but we want to create permanent dining hubs that work for the community, something we haven’t seen yet in the UK,” said Lewis-Pratt.
Anderson said: “We want the traders to retain the sense of individuality and autonomy that they’ve achieved from owning their stand-alone food business, so are encouraging them to be innovative and allow their identities to shine through. Food is the new rock & roll and we’re providing the perfect stage.”
A further three sites in London will be announced at the end of the year with expansions planned for various cities across the UK.