MARKET HALLS LAUNCH IN 2018, USHERING IN A NEW ERA FOR BRITISH FOOD HALLS
Market Halls, a group of UK-based, community-minded property developers and restaurateurs, are redefining the British concept of food halls and turning unloved public spaces with particular architectural or historical interest, public again. With two major central London launches secured in 2018, a site which will become the largest food hall in the country when it opens in 2019, and a further three openings in London and numerous regional launches to be announced in 2019, Market Halls is set to make an unprecedented mark on the UK’s dining scene.
Market Halls is headed up by CEO Andy Lewis-Pratt, a former property developer and philanthropist, with Simon Anderson of London’s Pitt Cue Co, as COO. Together they have spent the past two years visiting sites around the world including New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon and the UK to ensure that their food halls will be the most significant and exciting the country has ever seen.
MARKET HALL FULHAM – Open: Market Halls’ first is housed in the ornate and well-preserved entrance hall of the Edwardian Underground station in Fulham Broadway, which has retained the former ticket hall from the original 1880 station.
MARKET HALL VICTORIA – Opened November 2018: Market Halls has transformed the arcaded bays of Victoria’s Terminus Place with their Edwardian Baroque exterior into a three story market hall. Since 1909, the space has previously acted as a shopping arcade, a restaurant and the super club Pacha. Opening with eleven kitchens, two bars and seating for 400.
MARKET HALL WEST END – 2019: Market Hall’s flagship venue will be situated just off Oxford Street in part of the former BHS building and will feature a mix of local producers, retailers, restaurants, street food vendors, four bars, event spaces and a demo kitchen. Market Hall West End will be the largest food hall in the UK
Andy Lewis-Pratt –
“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. The majority of buildings we are working with were originally designed as bustling cultural or commercial hubs, but for whatever reason have been lying empty. We wanted to bring these sites back to life and make them useful spaces for the community, places that cater for locals, workers, families and visitors alike.”