Model Market

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The south London iteration of Street Feast is back for another summer of booze, fun and excellent street food. Lewisham's night-time food party takes place in an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham, and delicious portable dinners are served by the likes of Rola Wala, Mother Flipper and Spit and Roast. Booze comes in many varieties, most notably alcoholic slushies and shandies served from an old hair salon. Find a spot among the outdoor and indoor eating spaces, or head up to the rooftop to catch the evening sun.


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A small but charming space in Lewisham (if not too hidden), Model Market has a reasonably varied options for food and drink – not so much place for seating though. As the other Street Feast venues, I’d recommend arriving before 7pm, as you’d have to pay to get in after that (to then spend more on food and drink, and not much else to see and do). I had a great burrito at Club Mexicana and drank delicious (boozy) slushies – perfect for the incredibly hot day it was.


Lewisham isn't exactly local for me (I live at least an hour away), but I decided to meet some friends here on a Friday night a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised I had a pay a few quid to enter- it's the sort of thing I'd expect after 9, not just after 7 - and I ended up paying nearly £20 on food, so you don't really come here for cheap eats. But the vibe is awesome and you can easily make a night of it. 


At last - something to make people want to go to Lewisham! That's if you can manage to find it. It's tucked behind the high street, so you're likely to miss the entrance if you don't keep your eyes peeled. The bar inside does have a cashback facility, but I would recommend popping down the high street (like a 2 minute walk away) to draw some out and avoid the possible queues.

It's free if you get in before 7pm, and £3 after. I think considering there isn't any entertainment as such it's best to get there before 7pm and avoid paying. If you're real lucky you'll also be able to nab a seat, although I wouldn't count on it - they're very limited. I would also say it's best to bring hand sanitiser as the toilets aren't the prettiest, but unless you're a real germaphobe you should be alright.

Food wise there are around a dozen different street food stalls from big and juicy cuts of barbecued meat to tasty steamed buns - be prepared to spend a lot if you want to try a few things. They average out at around £5 each, but you'll definitely need a few to satisfy your appetite!

I have to say, having been here countless times over the years since it opened, you can really see how it's popularity has grown and it's so well deserved. The team at Street Feast have done an amazing job turning an old and unused derelict market into something straight outta Shoreditch... just without the yuppy clientele ;)

Nice to have something in Lewisham but rather disappointing.

It's really small so the choice is rather limited and food stops being served at 10pm. There isn't any entertainment so there are definitely some improvements to be made.

A welcome addition to the Lewisham scene, Model Market brings a vibe hitherto unknown to the neighbourhood. It is genuinely cool, and showcases the multicultural diversity of Lewisham.

A perfect place to hang out in the sun, with a cocktail (if you don't mind paying North-of-the-river prices in the South), or a glass of wine from the more reasonably priced and rather charming record shop/wine bar Winyl.

Spontaneous dancing circles form around the fire pits, and there is a greater sense of community than in the larger markets. However, the smaller scale also means that less choice is available, and unlike its Shoreditch and Dalston counterparts, Lewisham's Model Market is yet to establish itself as a gourmet destination. Here is to hoping that it will!


Curiously located behind the parking lot of Lewisham Shopping Centre, this market is very easily missed if you don’t know where you’re going! Entry was £3 after 7pm which is the better time to go as it didn’t really pick up until 9pm. The drinks were kinda expensive given the setting but the Pina Colada slushies served in a giant hollowed out pineapple were great! Mixed bag of brownies from the SE Cakery were a delicious sweet treat after Mama’s Jerk Chicken with rice and peas. Also, the Mother Flipper Double Candy Bacon Flipper burger was IMMENSE. Music and atmosphere was chilled with an eclectic group of people hanging around chatting and dancing by fire pits, yeah you heard me … fire pits! And if they aren’t your thing, you can pop up to the roof terrace section which runs a one in one out policy.