The Market Hall - a striking glass structure that opens out onto the Green Market and provides a new entrance onto Borough High Street - offers a place to sit, eat, relax and chat, while discovering more about the Market and the food it sells. It is simultaneously a classroom, a kitchen, an orchard, an information hub and a dining hall, contained within a highly distinctive and architecturally innovative public space.
Throughout the year, the Market Hall is used for growing hops, fruits, flowers, herbs, olives and salad leaves, resulting in a wonderfully fragrant and visually stimulating environment as well as providing a highly engaging focus for educational programmes. The hall’s structure has been designed to maximise its horticultural potential, with huge amounts of light flooding in through the glass, vertical planters running up the pillars, and benches constructed with planting spaces at either end. As part of the Market’s commitment to sustainability, the plants are watered using a rainwater irrigation system. The resulting produce has been used for cooking demonstrations, tastings, workshops and, in the case of the hops, the brewing of two Borough Market beers in 2014 and 2015.
The Market Hall is open all week, providing plenty of opportunities for school and community groups to visit. Borough Market has always been a place where the experience is almost as important as the function. The Market Hall means that the possibilities for experiencing food in all manner of different ways will, from now on, be greater than ever.