The dazzling transformation of Victoria’s Terminus Place from dilapidated arcade to the dynamic cornucopia of inspired eateries of Market Hall Victoria is complete. Thronging with foodies in the mood for excellent global cuisine, it’s a hub of delicious laid-back eats in London. Find hot and hearty breakfast bagels, hand-rolled pasta smothered in the finest Italian ingredients, and zinging Asian flavours alongside more than a few trendy watering holes. The food hall is central London’s newest hit, and, being a short stroll from Hotel 41, it’s easy for guests to pop in and discover why.
The sky-lit Market Hall Victoria began life in 1909 as an Edwardian shopping arcade. Its Grade II-listed Baroque bays, lofty wooden beams and imposing windows – tasteful reminders of the building’s history – were boarded up and plastered over, which entailed a major renovation project to uncover its original charms and breathe new life into the structure.
The creatives behind the mammoth restoration, FaulknerBrowns Architects and W Design Studio, encountered a fair few challenges: “When we first visited the building in 2017, the Grade II-listed Edwardian Baroque façades were hidden, and we could only imagine what lay behind the black box that had been created for the Pacha nightclub. Significant challenges – from asbestos to Regent Street Disease to working above open tube tracks – could have thwarted the project, but the tenacity of the Market Halls team and their on-site contractors is testament to what has been achieved,” says FalknerBrowns’ Tania Love.
Stacked across three floors, Market Hall Victoria is home to some of London’s most pop up-worthy, cutting-edge gastronomic trail-blazers. There are 11 exceptional kitchens here. Serving everything from chunky hot salt beef sandwiches at Monty’s Deli and to baskets of intricate dim sum at Baozi lnn and wholesome, crisp fare at Squirrel, the variety is astonishing.
The Malaysian Tamil menus at Gopal's Corner are a highlight at Market Hall Victoria. Think steaming spicy laksa, crisp paper-light dosas and buttery rotis filled with succulent meats. Celebrated chef Sugen Gopal draws inspiration from original recipes made at his parent’s restaurant in Malaysia.
Dim sum enthusiasts will love Francis Law’s Cantonese Baozi Inn, where a rainbow of offerings includes ruby red prawn dumplings wrapped in beetroot dough and vivid orange custard baozi.
Those with a taste for modern Mexican fare should seek out the authentic, charcoal-flamed treats from the duo behind Breddos Tacos. Heap DIY tortillas high with fresh salsa verde and juicy spit-roast pork or BBQ steak at SuperTacos.
For a premium quality Americano or a fresh pot of loose-leaf Earl Grey, Press Coffee delivers a revitalising pick-me-up. Find something stronger at Market Hall Victoria’s three bar areas. A chic rooftop terrace bursts to life from spring 2019 for a sophisticated sundowner of British craft beers, signature cocktails and fine wines served with a spectacular view.
Tuck into innovative foodie delights at Market Hall Victoria when staying at Red Carnation Hotels’ Hotel 41.
Image credits: Market Hall Victoria interior © Christopher Horwood. All other images © Maria-Nakhmanovich.