The U.K’s largest food hall “Market Hall West End” has been confirmed to open in the late summer of this year. It follows the opening of Market Halls courts in Fulham and Victoria last year. The owners, Simon Anderson and Andy Lewis-Pratt, say this is their “most ambitious site yet... covering 37,500 square foot over three floors, with over 800 covers.” The food hall will feature 12 independent food vendors, four bars, a children’s play area, an events space, and demo kitchen.
It takes the place of the former department store, BHS, and visitors will enter the food court on Holles Street just off Oxford Street — said to be the world’s busiest shopping street. Twelve kitchens will live on the first floor, accessible via escalators, as well as two of the four bars, and the play/events/demo area. The second floor will include two more bars — a “tap room” and cocktail bar — and a large, retractable roof.
“Market Hall West End will bring together the best of London’s wonderful and diverse food scene all under one roof,” co-founder Anderson said. “Our twelve kitchens will have something for everyone, with a roster made up from the most popular traders at Fulham and Victoria and some new exciting concepts.”
It is unclear from which tier, god-to-without, the organisers will be selecting from. Though if suspicions are correct, Monty’s will open, Breddo’s or Super Tacos may be among those included, and there could be a return for Bun Shop which closed unexpectedly last month. The organisers are keeping quiet on which traders are moving in.
But Anderson did add: “The impact we’ve created with Fulham and Victoria will be continued with one of the most ambitious projects of this type ever taken on in the UK. We intend for Market Hall West End to set a new benchmark for this burgeoning sector, providing an alternative option to help reinvigorate our troubled British high street.”