Food halls and pop ups are now a staple of a city’s dining stock and have won favour amongst millennials and young urban professionals looking for more vibrant, interesting and Instagram friendly locations than traditional fine dining establishments can offer.
The popularity of these venues derives from their ability to offer diners a plethora of food and drink options. This allows groups of friends to convene in one location and each individual can eat and drink what they fancy on the night, be it a burger or pizza, Japanese or Mexican, vegan or not.
With each food hall hosting five plus traders all vying for business, competition is fraught, so the quality of the food is second to none. Additionally, ambitious restaurateurs use these opportunities as a launch pad to test their concepts and build their client base, so they want to impress.
Of course, our capital plays host to a vast number of food halls and markets popping up across each of the boroughs. We have shortlisted four that we love but there are dozens we haven’t covered, all equally as impressive as these lot.
With three London sites, in Victoria, Fulham and the West End, Market Halls only launched last year with their company aim of “turning unloved public spaces of special architectural or historic interest public again.” Their venues are stunning and the food equally so! We've helped fund fit out for an independent F&B operator trading out of their Fulham Broadway site.
Incipio, the team behind The Prince in Earls Court have combined four terraced houses and the old Prince of Wales pub in West Brompton. They have hollowed out the space and created a hospitality venue to rival all others, with a pub, a large in-door-out-door beer garden with a retractable pergola, hosts 3 restaurants, currently Patty and Bun, Edu and Coqfighter and a coffee shop, Over Under Coffee.
Opened in 2015, Pop Brixton is actually a creative business hub created out of disused shipping