6 FEATURE London Chat By Roger Mills

Another North End Road Special

You have to hand i t to Hammersmith & Fulham. After what seemed like an age of complacency; over the past few years they’ve really got behind North End Road and the latest in the series of high profile specials was what was promoted as a ‘sizzling summer market’ at the West Brompton gaff on 30th June. On top of the seasonal

produce and fresh fruit and veg on of fer daily at the 131-year-old event were more than 150 stalls, a Battle of the Bands contest across two stages, a plethora of street entertainment and a chance to sample cuisines from all over the world. Announcing the event Cllr

Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts said: “The traffic-free markets have boosted local traders and given residents

another shopping destination in the borough. We want H&F to be the best place to work, live and play in Europe.” One local trader who

looks forward to the events is Fulham entrepreneur Fab- rizzio Spindola who trades as La Galeria Design. He’s enjoyed huge success at H&F Council’s popular seasonal street markets with his Mex- ican-inspired candle hold- ers, vases, bowls and wine glasses, which are hand- blown from recycled glass. The local trader designs the

accessories from his home in Fulham Broadway before sending the drawings to his family’s workshop in Mexico, where his father who usually produces bespoke bottles and labels for the tequila industry, then makes them. This wi l l be his f i f th

appearance at the North End Road event and Fabrizzio says there is nothing like it in the rest of London. He commented: “The

market supports local traders and gives new businesses an affordable space to trade from. It’s also a great chance to meet local designers and businesses. I was able to help fit out a new restaurant in West Brompton after they saw me at the market. It’s a fantastic event for entrepreneurs. “It’s different from all the

other markets around. There is an amazing array of traders, food and performers which makes it a real celebration for all the community,” he added. Well certainly these events

can be counted as successes – the popular series of traffic- free seasonal specials in North End Road regularly attract 15,000 visitors. Hammersmith & Fulham

Council is to be congratulated on the very innovative way it has worked alongside residents, shops, stallholders and local organisations in the North End Road Action Group (NERAG) to revitalise the high street which has

become one of London’s go-to shopping destinations.

Another sizzler

Sizzling seems to be the in word at the moment, not least at the Met Office, and it makes yet another appearance with news that Hoxton Market was holding a ‘sizzling summer fair’ on June 23rd, with loads of f ree events planned, including a live broadcast and music from Hoxton Radio. The fair played host to

a wide array of street food including international and vegan stalls. As well as tasting some of the best market food in Hackney, visitors on the day could buy from a wide range of stalls from fresh fruit and veg to the latest fashions. Alongside more established market traders were stalls from the teenage market, a scheme that aims to help young entrepreneurs develop their business skills. Hoxton is another example

of a gaff which is doing its best to raise its profile as Councillor Guy Nicholson, Hackney’s Cabinet member for Markets explained: “Hoxton market has really worked hard to put itself back on London’s street market map and what better way to celebrate Hackney’s oldest street market’s renaissance than by spending some time enjoying the market and all it has to offer.”

Ticket to dine In what is a really high quality

MARKET TRADER, JULY 6 - 19, 2018

A corner of the revamped ticket hall (Market Halls/Jim Stephenson).

addition to the capitals food to go scene the disused Fulham Broadway ticket hall has been brought back to life as a food hall by niche operator Market Halls. Again with the help of H&F

Council the firm has revived the former Union Market venue on Fulham Road, which had been closed for the past six years. The new food hall consists

of nine kitchens, a deli, a coffee shop and even a bar inside the old ticket office,

within the Grade II listed building, which is just a stone’s throw away from the current Fulham Broadway underground station. The council worked alongside Market Halls to preserve the original stonework, signage and shopfronts in the old ticket hall. Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F

Cabinet Member for Economy and the Arts said: “It’s great to see a once empty unit now bustling with people in the heart of Fulham Broadway.


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