Mercato Mayfair is a holy addition to the Mercato Metropolitano family.
Of all the food halls in London, only one can be said to be a true temple of food. That’d be Mercato Mayfair, the delicious dining destination that’s housed inside an old church, and now serves wine, cheese, and plates piled high to visitors. Take me to church, please!
Mercato Mayfair is housed in the Grade-I listed St Mark’s Church, making this a food hall of divine proportions. The church spent 30 years on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register, reserved for buildings of cultural significance that face a threat to their future. After deconsecration, the church underwent a two-year, £5 million revamp, transforming the forgotten space into a gorgeous food hall and cultural hub.
The sister site of Elephant & Castle’s sprawling Italian food hall Mercato Metropolitano, Mercato Mayfair ushers you in through the grand columns and into a deli section fully-stocked with a mouthwatering array of delicacies. By all means browse, but don’t tarry here for too long, because the old nave hosts even more treats, opening up into a cavernous space filled with bars and dining options. They’re spread across the ground floor and the upper terrace, and you’ll be able to sample everything from fresh pasta to pad thai to craft beer here.
Down in the vaulted basement crypt (beautifully restored and not at all creepy, I should add) lies a wine cellar stocked with goodies, along with a microbrewery and a community space used for cooking classes and events. Truly, you can eat your way from one end of the church to the other over the course of a day here, and still be hungry for another visit. Oh, and there’s a roof terrace at the very top, which is admittedly so well hidden that I completely missed it on my last trip here.
As with Mercato Metropolitano, all the ingredients here are fresh, artisanal, and sustainably sourced as much as possible. The market has been known to host frequent live music sessions too, which pair very nicely with a plate of pasta and a glass of red, I’d wager. It’s an oasis of food and calm, just moments away from the hustle and bustle Oxford Street! Can you believe it?
Also published on Medium.