There’s a 20, 000 square foot space in Shoreditch in between a large art studio (you know, the one with the really impressive animal illustrations on it) and several huge billboards. Throughout July and August this space is entitled Red Market.
Red Market features many food stalls with dishes from all over the world whilst there is also a bar that sells homemade cocktails, wines, beers and spirits. Even Mark Hix has brought his infamous food van, Fish Dog to the site whilst Date Focco, one of London’s top five pizza companies are also there serving fresh pizza.
The area is painted by local artists, from everything from the tables to the sculptures. In fact, the entire landscape at Red Market has been created by recycled materials that were already there at the then desolate site which gives the area a DIY industrial ambiance.
It’s basically a perfect space for warm (ish – we are in London after all!) summer evenings. It’s similar to The Book Club’s ‘Basecamp’ on Leonard Street car park yet the vibe is completely different – rather than being an area full of outdoor activities serving very British food and drink, it’s a spot for chilling and exploring different cultural cuisines and tropical alcholic drinks.
Throughout its erection, Red Market has been screening the Olympics live whilst also having live local DJs on and barbecues whilst every Friday last.fm take over the site, making it a fun place to hang out during the late summer nights of its existence.
As soon as I entered the site I felt a desire to stay and have a cocktail and chat with friends, I wanted to show everyone it, like it was some sort of lost, uncovered haven. I’m sure that I’ll be spending a lot of time there over the next month and will be trying out a few of the Red Market cocktails from the site’s make shift bar. I also look forward to attending some of the upcoming events. Red Market is definitely one of the best things to happen in Shoreditch this summer.