Seven Dials Market set to open as foodie destination

Street food brand incubator group KERB is preparing to open the doors at its first permanent site, following the refurbishment of a historic London warehouse to create Seven Dials Market.

The venue, designed by architect Stiff and Trevillion, is housed in Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, a former banana storage facility built in the 19th century.

The 2,230 sq m (24,000 sq ft) market will provide an all-day foodie destination, occupied by 25 independent food businesses – each with its roots in London.

Seven Dials Market retains the cast iron beams and brick arches of the historic building, with pop-art touches added throughout. Terrazzo marble counters contrast with orange leather stools, and an electric pink elevator to reach the lower level.

Brands operating in the market will include family-run bakery Karaway, Taiwanese pancake pillow maker Wheelcake Island, ramen restaurant Nanban, pasta restaurant Strozaretti, and Hackeny Gelato.

“After seven years of creating and supporting a community of food traders to thrive on the streets of London, we are incredibly excited to be taking the next step for KERB. Seven Dials Market has been a long-standing dream of ours and a complete labour of love for myself and all the team. Our ambition is to build not only a home for excellent, independent food businesses to grow, but a welcoming, open space for everyone to enjoy a big slice of London,” says KERB founder Petra Barran.

“Seven Dials Market’s fantastic line-up of 25 independent F&B operators will add an exciting new dimension to Seven Dials as one of the West End’s leading locations. It has been great working with KERB, whose rejuvenation of the historic Thomas Neal’s Warehouse reflects our strategy of creating special places for people to enjoy,” says Julia Wilkinson, group restaurant strategy executive at Seven Dials property group Shaftesbury. “We are confident the combination of operators, the division of the space into different areas, such as Cucumber Alley and the Market Bookshop, each providing their own unique experience, will bring something quite different to not just central London, but the F&B sector more generally.”

Seven Dials Market opens this weekend on Saturday 7 September.

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