2019 has undoubtedly been the year of the food court – but with a month and a half to go, it ain't over yet.
London's growing penchant for indoor food markets – stocked with upgraded digs for top street food traders or offshoots of popular restaurants – is about to get its biggest fill to date with the opening of Market Hall West End.
Located just off Oxford Street, this foodie arcadia will play host to one of the capital's favourite pasta restaurants, an evolving Chinese dumpling brand, famously fluffy roti and even more Japanese sandos.
From where to find it to what to eat when you get there, here's everything you need to know about Market Hall West End.
What is Market Hall West End?
Market Hall West End isn’t just the next instalment of London’s growing food court cohort – it’s the biggest by far. The 35,000 square foot setting of the Marylebone venue makes it the largest food hall in the country, let alone London. It’s the third Market Hall to arrive in London in the last two years – the first location for the group opened in Fulham in 2018, followed shortly after by the Victoria edition. Inside, diners will find 11 food vendors (including some well-known London names), four bars, events areas, space for 900 covers and much more.
Where is it and when does it open?
Talk about hot property – Market Hall West End is located just off Oxford Street, occupying some of the most coveted retail real estate in the country. Accessible from Holles Street, the food court has taken over the former BHS department store – its full address is 9 Holles Street, W1G 0BN.
It opens to the public for the first time on November 15, and after that will be open seven days a week, even on bank holidays. It opens at 11am everyday, closing at 10pm on Sunday, Monday and bank holidays, and at midnight on every other day.
Which food traders are there?
A total of 11 food vendors will be serving the 900 covers at Market Hall West End, with a mix of Market Hall favourites, established London names and foodie newcomers making up the roster. Highlights from the group’s other venues include the Roti King offshoot Gopal’s Corner, Fanny’s Kebabs and Good Birds, a rotisserie chicken concept by Tom Griffiths’s Flank. New restaurants joining the Market Hall family include Stevie Parle’s Pastaio, Pleasant Lady, vegan favourite CookDaily and Yatai, a brand new Japanese concept (featuring katsu sandos) from chef Angelo Sato.
The full list of traders is below:
- Gopal’s Corner
- Yatau by Angelo Sato
- Paradise Slice Pizza
- Good Birds by Flank
- Fanny’s Kebabs
- Pleasant Lady
What else is there at Market Hall West End?
The food is just the beginning at this market. All those square feet will also accommodate four bars, including a rooftop bar called Top Floor, which will feature both an outdoor tap room with a retractable roof and an indoor cocktail lounge. For those looking for something a little softer, the food court will also have its own coffee cart and dessert cart for sweet treats.
Market Hall West End will also have two dedicated event spaces as well as – wait for it – its own TV studio. Run by media group Twisted, the space will be used to host video podcasts as well as interviews with chefs and celebrities, with public and private events including cooking demonstrations and supper clubs.