So what do we need to know about Mercato Mayfair
It's the second huge market from the same folk who opened Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant & Castle - and both markets have a particular Italian feel to them.
Where is it?
They've taken over the awesome (in the true sense of the word) building that is St Mark’s on North Audley Street in North Mayfair. The Grade I building used to be known as the ‘American Church’ as it was just around the corner from the US Embassy and President Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt both attended services there. But it was deconsecrated in the 70s and only recently had a £5m restoration to bring it back to its former glory. It looks amazing.
A food hall in a church? That sounds a bit odd.
You'd think so and it does take a little getting used to ordering a G&T on the altar but you quickly get used to your surroundings.
So how does it work?
As with most food halls you generally head to the trader whose food or drink you fancy and order. They'll then give you a buzzer to take away which will alert you when your dish is cooked. There's also one sit-down restaurant with table service.
There are several different components to the market - so let's break it down starting from the bottom up.
The entrance, nave and altar
There's also a rooftop terrace too which we hear will be open before Christmas.
Having visited Market Hall West End and Mercato Mayfair on the same night we'd say this particular food hall offers more of a relaxed and elegant vibe. The age range was more mixed here than at Market Hall and the general offering was pretty high end. It's a super spot if you're up this end of Oxford Street shopping, but we'd also head to it as a destination for a lovely night out too, particularly down in that cellar.
More about Mercato Mayfair
Where is it? St Mark's, North Audley Street, London W1K 6ZA
Find out more: Visit the Mercato Metropolitano website.
Hot Dinners visited as guests of Mercato Mayfair. Prices correct at time of publication.
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