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London’s late-night food market is rocking Shoreditch

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Every car park, rooftop and towpath at the more trendy end of London is filling up fast with food trucks, fancy cocktails and, if you're lucky, the odd art installation. Red Market, one of London's first pop-up street food markets (est. 2011) has now reopened for another season of alfresco revelry. Food this year includes tandoor-cooked rotis from the head chef of Whitechapel Punjabi restaurant Tayyabs and pizzas from Voodoo Ray's in Dalston. There will also be cocktails, DJ sets and a fake beach. What more could you wish for in the capital? Good weather, perhaps?

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288-299 Old St, EC1V 9DP. Open Wed-Sat, 5pm-midnight.


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Robin C
Robin C

Following publicity in the weekend FT talking about soft crab, went out of our way this week to visit and was told - No sea food

Robin C
Robin C

Following publisity in the weekend FT talking about soft crab, went out ofour way this weekto vicit and was told - No sea food

Summer 2013
Summer 2013

Red market has been the delightful highlight of my summer. The food this year was fantastic. I went once again as my children had a dedicated play area in the early afternoon and could get some really yummy food. In the evening I had some of the best summers in London imaginable. The place had really grown into a special vibe, the only analogy I could make was my happiest memory's of discovering Ibiza in the 90.s , with everyone smiling and a feeling of summer breeze in the evening with mellow uplifting music . That everyone wasted to dance . The bar had really special cocktails and. The staff were just so accon,adapting with an excellent wine list taoilered toward the particular foods on offer. It was perfect for everything with a fabulous sandy beach hammocks and amazing cocktails to was down such culinary delights such as the , fish Dog! ( fresh Cohen giant fingers with mint peas in a soft roll :), to the pasta basta resh italian pasta seriously ! I can't begin to explain this , fresh apple sliced interspersed with walnut and Gorgonzola ravioli ! , then crispy base pizzas , paella , and the Juciest fresh steak burgers . Oh I'm really missing it already ! The last weekend of a really special summer ends next weekend. I really fell in loewith London and shoreditch again this summer through the magical city garden and beach that is RED MARKET. My only fault is that it's going to a wait until next summer but my memory's are sweet.

Lehall87@hotmail.com
Lehall87@hotmail.com

Hi - Does anyone know if this place is still open - It states there is an extension until 19th October on here but on the Redmarket website there is a posting on the 27th September that says they are now closed.

jean burns
jean burns

Really like the idea of the red street market but please can it hapoen at weekends as i live in bedfordshire and work during the week please pretty please extend this market. Just love london.

Amy
Amy

Does anyone know whether the license is going to be extended? Really gutted I've only just come across this.

Chris
Chris

Stuck in a queue for ages when we can see its half empty inside. Complete bs

Tony
Tony

Red Market has returned for the 2012 summer better than ever! Opening hours are Thursday 17:00-23:00, Friday 17:00 - 23:00, Saturday 17:00 -23:00

Stuart
Stuart

As a local resident in Old Street I really hope you re-open this year as the streetfeast market has just had to move to Camden. I fully support the late night markets as it provides so much vibrancy to the area. Let us know if you need any local petitioning to help get this acheived?? Looking forward to this opening up!

Stuart
Stuart

As a local resident in Old Street I really hope you re-open this year as the streetfeast market has just had to move to Camden. I fully support the late night markets as it provides so much vibrancy to the area. Let us know if you need any local petitioning to help get this acheived?? Looking forward to this opening up!

TheRedOne
TheRedOne

Taco Truck traded at Red Market last year and had a great experience. The place was just full of people with cool attitudes out for a cool and chilled out experience. It's only logical that this type of thing should be encouraged...

Henning
Henning

Oh pleeeeaaase let Red Market happen this year 2012. It has so much potential and was so well organized + no troubles crime wise. It was a little gem making use of a space in a really creative way. Surely that's what London's artistic areas are all about and should be encouraged for cultural growth.

nix venter
nix venter

Can't tell how much I am looking forward to summer knowing that the Red Market is going to be open, always such a chilled place to relax and have a scrumptious cocktail in nice company....

Mark Truman
Mark Truman

Lets hope this gets the go ahead it deserves. A fantastic space hidden away in Shoreditch to kick back and relax.. Serving sumptuous food and drinks, I hope this little beauty returns in the summer.

Owen
Owen

Fingers crossed! It would be absolutely fantastic if you get the go ahead again this summer...

Juan
Juan

Fingers crossed for you guys...looking forward to lazy summer afternoon in the Olympic Hackney!!

Emma
Emma

Great news that this is re-opening this year!!!

Grif67
Grif67

Really hoping this returns this summer. Such a great use of space and a brilliant showcase for East London's young independant foodies and creatives. (and a good way to show of those Banky murials to the tourists). I hear this year's market will cater to families too, so it's looking like one of the best and friendliest places to hang out this summer.

Tom
Tom

Fingers crossed this makes it back. It was such a welcome addition to the area last year. Great food and drinks with a really friendly continental atmosphere. It's difficult to understand why it would get closed down in the first place. Yarda I hope you get good news on this, Red Market was one of the little gems in London's crown which should be especially important in an Olympic year.

Yarda
Yarda

Dear Friends, We are delighted to inform you that we intend to re-open the Red Market this summer. A Time Limited License has been submitted for the Market to run, day and night ,for a period of 67 days. Our aim is to deliver a facility which can be used by everyone of all ages who live, work and use the area; a counterpoint to the late night bars that proliferate the area we wish to provide a space for all ages to come together and enjoy good food, music, performance and of course the art made in this area, which has impacted so widely into general society way beyond the borders of Shoreditch. We want to be full participants in the inaugural year of the Shoreditch Fringe to champion the creative heart of the area at a very important time for the borough. As such we want to open up the unused space in Old St to show the world what amazing creativity we have to offer here and provide a shop window for all the talent we know and love to show their work to the world. We need your help to get this project "over the line". The area we operate in is a Special Policy Area which means the authorities don't like to give licenses out due to saturation. We believe that what we offer will be unique as well as culturally important as we will be accomadating a demo-graph of people currently not served well by the town centre. As we will trading throughout the daytime we are not a burden on the area in general. We aim to be operating to the very highest standards and want to create an space that is safe and fun and an asset to the town centre and not part of the poor image Shoreditch at night currently harbours. If you could take a moment to show support and place your honest comment here. Thank you and see you during the Summer :)

foodboy
foodboy

wow....its a shame about this closing, I only heard good things about it......I hope this comes back in some shape or form soon!

Marta
Marta

it was a great place to be and will be missed :(

nix venter
nix venter

wow .... I cant actually understand how anyone could say anything negative about Red Market, it was a truly amazing venue with a surreal chilled environment for somewhere that was in the heart of shoreditch. To say it was noisy is a bit absurd when you could barely hear the music from within the market??? There is noways you could hear it from a building across the road, sounds strange, perhaps some jealous industry folk or even someone with a personal issue cause REd market was great. Always somewhere to relax where I could take my puppy and there would be other puppies he could play with. Relax with friends, drink a nice cocktail, enjoy some of their lovely food and art visuals, great friendly management who would always come over and say hello. It was a great vibe.

nix venter
nix venter

wow .... I cant actually understand how anyone could say anything negative about Red Market, it was a truly amazing venue with a surreal chilled environment for somewhere that was in the heart of shoreditch. To say it was noisy is a bit absurd when you could barely hear the music from within the market??? There is noways you could hear it from a building across the road, sounds strange, perhaps some jealous industry folk or even someone with a personal issue cause REd market was great. Always somewhere to relax where I could take my puppy and there would be other puppies he could play with. Relax with friends, drink a nice cocktail, enjoy some of their lovely food and art visuals, great friendly management who would always come over and say hello. It was a great vibe.

nix venter
nix venter

wow .... I cant actually understand how anyone could say anything negative about Red Market, it was a truly amazing venue with a surreal chilled environment for somewhere that was in the heart of shoreditch. To say it was noisy is a bit absurd when you could barely hear the music from within the market??? There is noways you could hear it from a building across the road, sounds strange, perhaps some jealous industry folk or even someone with a personal issue cause REd market was great. Always somewhere to relax where I could take my puppy and there would be other puppies he could play with. Relax with friends, drink a nice cocktail, enjoy some of their lovely food and art visuals, great friendly management who would always come over and say hello. It was a great vibe.

Juan
Juan

@ Fed Up/EquallyFurious/FedUp2...I have to completely agree with Bibi..I attended with my friends Red Market on quite a few occasions and found it a very relaxing and welcoming addition to Shoreditch..AND before your start salivating frothing at the mouth I have lived & worked in the area for well over 15 yrs..well before it seems you moved in..PLEASE get your fact rights before you come on this site to spout your drivel..MUSIC was never loud...had it been the Council would have been round like a shot to shut it down...the bar shut at 1am..full stop..on one occasion I met some people from the residents association WHO all stayed till closing time..!! So I guess they didn't invite you..I wonder why!!

Bibi
Bibi

@ 'Fedup', Equally Furious' and 'Fedup 2' You are a bunch of losers that perfectly fit the description of Andy not fed (thank you Andy). First of all, Red Market NEVER EVER played music till later than max 1am. I've been there almost every weekend, and kicked out regularly before 1am because they had to shut; Second, they never played loud music, or dj music, it was one little speaker in the corner of the bar, and you couldn't hear the music from the market entrance, so well surprised you could hear it from your hotel room or house (super powers or super pisstakers?!) Third, if you're so bigot, close minded and blind not to recognize that Red Market was a wonderful place to enjoy a drink outdoors, having a chat with friends, bringing the whole family (including pets!) and having food in an incredibly friendly and safe environment, then you should probably rethink you're brain thinking strategy (and your address for sure). I've got the feeling that among you there a lot of managers and owners of bars and restaurants in the area, and you were just sick with envy for the beautiful people that Red Market attracted (away from you, money driven sad boring losers). Well done for being so boring and lifeless.

Sad for London
Sad for London

Red Market was a fully licensed pioneering event in London. If it caused any disruption to your life, how about doing the adult thing and talking to the people involved about your particular grievance? Sadly you dont have the guts to do that, you go behind their backs and complain to the council, and you hide on forums like this. Pathetic. How on earth is London going to drive its self forward when legal, licensed and popular events like this are cut down by the spineless but cash rich minority.

Sad for London
Sad for London

Red Market was a fully licensed pioneering event in London. If it caused any disruption to your life, how about doing the adult thing and talking to the people involved about your particular grievance? Sadly you dont have the guts to do that, you go behind their backs and complain to the council, and you hide on forums like this. Pathetic. How on earth is London going to drive its self forward when legal, licensed and popular events like this are cut down by the spineless but cash rich minority.

Yarda
Yarda

I am fed up and equally furious about some of the comments bellow this article. Is it the national sport to complain (using false accusations) and causing troubles to local businesses, just because you can afford expensive penthouse apartment in middle of Shoreditch and now you think that the whole neighborhood is going to dance to your tunes? Btw, Red Market closing times were Fridays at 1am and Saturdays at midnight. There was only background music played from behind the bar and there was never any loud music production on Sunday till 2am.

Shoreditch
Shoreditch

Im sorry but cant believe what i am reading. I live in shoreditch precisely because of the noise and nightlife. If you dont like it then dont live there for gods sake. There is a massive city here for you to go and live somewhere with peace and quiet. just leave!

Sad sad people @ 'Fedup', Equally Furious' and 'Fe
Sad sad people @ 'Fedup', Equally Furious' and 'Fe

Totally agree with Andy Not Fed. I can't believe that you have successfully managed to shut down an independent business in the middle of everything that is going on mid-recession etc. Like Andy Not Fed, I do not know, but you may have been living in the centre of Old Street during the days when it was a red light zone etc, in which case I do apologise as yes, I can imagine you must be Oh! simply flabbergasted to experience such a dramatic change, but somehow I suspect not. Go and live your boring, twee life eating your Coq au Vin & drinking Cab Sav in Tunbridge Wells where I am sure you will be much more at home and appreciated with your likely kin. Disgusted.

Andy not fed
Andy not fed

How long have you fed up monkeys actually lived in Old Street / Shoreditch? Was it before Blue Note, etc and the clubs and bars moved in and started making the area vibrant, trendy so that your Barrat home lofts got built? By not looking to work with the (hard working, I imagine, and now potentially bankrupt) business owners you've taken something that could have been a real positive for the area (which hey, we could kinda do with right now) and gotten it shut down. Well done. I hope it gets squatted by pikeys holding bare fist fights, playing Irish folk gabba till 9am and disturbing your almond croissant munching, you muppets. There are ways and means of doing this. For me, running to mummy / hackney council and putting decent people out of business should maybe be a last recourse. Especially if, as I am guessing, you are glory hunters moving to an area made trendy by bars and late night music then noise complaining the very same. I may be wrong. You may all have lived on Rivington street and it's surrounds (or been hotel guests) since back when it was a red light zone and full of dilapidated squats. As a disclaimer, if it has been the business owners unwilling to meet or talk to you about noise problems (and 3am does seem late for music) then I apologise. But come on, everyone is busting their balls trying to make a living in a recession and this was a forward thinking, fun project that we as Londoners should be both doing more of, and proud of. But well done, raise a glass of Viognier, business shut down.

Fedup 2
Fedup 2

Agree with Fedup and Equally furious. Completely unacceptable. Shut it down.

Equally furious
Equally furious

Agree with Fedup. Totally unacceptable performance till 2am on Sunday. Formal complaint re their licensing status and hours of operation made to Hackney Council.

Fedup
Fedup

This place is a nightmare for residents, we are fed up with the bloody noise around here. it's seems any one can just play there shit music at all times without any consideration for other people I.e residents, hotel guest etc. Shall we (residents) plot up outside your property at 3am banging out our music, I think not.

jo
jo

looking forward to my first visit on Saturday.

yarda
yarda

RED MARKET IS NOW OPEN EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY SERVING GREAT STREET FOOD & DRINKS FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT

Alana
Alana

Hi, thought to let you all know Red Market will be actually opening this coming weekend. Sat 18 & Sun 19 June 2011. Hours are 12 noon to 12 midnight. They had some problems with licensing after midnight, this the reason for not opening on 04/06/11. Personally I understand these issues and it's commendable the Project will finally be launched. Like any new idea's they will have minor issues but getting on with plan of action.

Caroline
Caroline

I went on Sunday the 4th of June and walked all around the block like 20 times asking all the people that were on the area where the Red Market was and no one knew what the Red Market was and after 30 min walking under the rain I finally saw where it should have been and it was closed...why?

Cloudy
Cloudy

Hi there, I'm wondering what went wrong last night or if I missed anything. Last night about 8pm me and some of my mates had become very ravenous after a long day out in the park. Rather than having the odd take away we decided to pop down to the foundry and indulge in some artsy-fartsy grab. But then - unbelievable - we had to find the market closed. Nothing! The website said the Red Market would be open but apparently it wasn't. What happened? When can we expect it to reopen? Curious but still hungry Claudia

Dawn Chambers
Dawn Chambers

Can't wait for the launch on the 4th of June with Audiofly!!

Dom
Dom

RED Market will open to the public on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June with an urban beach, petanque piste and cocktail bar. Weekly from then on: Saturdays - 12pm to 3am Sundays - 12pm to 12am

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