Street Feast Lewisham: #ModelMarket

Street Feast is the company that runs Brockley Market-esque nighttime events at Dalston Yard and its just announced its first expansion will be to... Lewisham. They say:

#ModelMarket is an abandoned 1950s indoor and outdoor market just off Lewisham High Street and we’ll be breathing new life, light and vibes into the space with everything you’d expect - fantastic street food, cracking drinks, great music and our usual wonderful crowd.

We’ve not done anything like #ModelMarket before – where the best bits of #DalstonYard meet the vibe of #HawkerHouse – and we’re really looking forward to bringing our thing to Lewisham. We’re running for 15 weekends from mid-June on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm alongside #DalstonYard (which re-opens just a few weekends before on 16/17 May).

At #ModelMarket, you will find Breddos, Rola Wala, SmokeStak, Yum Bun and many more of your favourite and soon-to-be favourite street food traders in their own, undercover micro-diners. Eat-in or eat-out in the open air yard. There’ll also be a wood panelled shack lined with rum, shandies poured from a former hair salon, slow smoked barbecue in an old record shop and a (not-so) secret rooftop suntrap. The original calypso paintjob stays.

#ModelMarket is fitted with a great sound system for our DJs. There are also five brilliant bars - Rotary Cocktail Bar, Shandy Salon, Rum Shack, Wine Bar and Slushy Bar.

The Model Market, on Lewisham High Street, was closed a few years ago and had been targeted for demolition by its owners, but the Council refused permission. This is a fantastic bit of opportunism - a victory of imagination over the high street's dowdy reputation.
It also signals a major change. Until now, most of the new businesses in the area have been opened by South East London natives. Following on the heels of Sodo's Honor Oak venture, it seems that this borough is now on the radar of East London entrepreneurs. The demographics are similar, the connections are decent, thanks to the East London Line and the DLR and there are plenty of empty or underused premises crying out for something to fill them.

As we've said many times before, the supply of good quality eating and drinking destinations in this part of London has not kept pace with demand. There is a growing population of young people with money to spend doing stuff and who want to be able to do it locally. Every good business in Brockley, from The Orchard and The Gantry to Brockley Market and Meze Mangal, has thrived, while New Cross and Deptford are building critical mass.

It was only a matter of time before the rest of London woke up to the opportunity.

19 comments:

Vote Pedro said...

Amazing news! I always thought that place had potential, Dalston Yard is uber trendy so hopefully this is the start of a change for grimy central lewisham. Will definitely entice me to wander down from Ladywell to go out locally, I am sure they will do very well

Adamrb said...

This is amazing news. Can't wait!

AliAfro said...

This is great - I've lived in Brockley for well over 6 years and I can count on no hands the number of times I've gone out for an evening in Lewisham. Imagine if they turfed out the Van hire people and let someone do a pop up where the old MOT place was...

Emma said...

This is really exciting. I've been to a few of the Street Feast events and they are always a good time.

max doom! said...

excessive use of 'vibe'. seven quid sarnies ahoy!

Ruth said...

Ooooh - how exciting!

Thinker said...

Fantastic news! Sounds great, and walls lined with rum? ;) I'll be there!

chichi said...

don't bother going then, treat yourself to the wimpy opposite instead and enjoy the vibe with the living dead.

max doom! said...

Wind your neck in chuckles. We can't all be as achingly hip as you must be.

Facepalm said...

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Anon said...

Abandoned. wasn't it cleared out of stall holders under protest?

Anon said...

Yep, the new private landlord Land Securities had asked whether prior approval of the council would be required in respect of the method of demolition and any proposed restoration of the site at Lewisham Model Market. The council in December 2011 decided prior approval was required.

chichi said...

"Wind your neck in chuckles" and you call me achingly hip! Im just not cool enough to understand what you are talking about.

Nathan Slack said...

Awesome, there is hardly anything in lewisham open after 6pm other than the wetherspoons and Levante Pide. Micro Brewery in the old Market Place tavern anybody?

Lord SUmmeirsle said...

Check it out, this is gonna be well Bum.. Keep it dense, yeah!

Dixie said...

http://dulwichonview.org.uk/2014/05/23/street-feast-at-lewisham-model-market/



Citations needed!

Sandi said...

Sounds great! But I clearly do not understand. Way over my head!! Must be getting old!!

Chris said...

It opened last night and despite the initial lengthy queue, it was great!

marc said...

Keep it foolish!

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