You can’t really fault the Market Halls team for their ambition, can you? Having opened three food halls in quick succession pre-pandemic – in Fulham (since closed), Victoria, and the UK’s largest food hall, Market Hall Oxford Street – they swiftly announced plans for a fourth in Canary Wharf. Unfortunately the England lockdowns put plans on hold temporarily. But now, after a short, albeit agonizing, wait Market Halls Canary Wharf Cargo has finally landed.
What a name, right?
The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but there’s method behind the madness wordiness. It combines the Market Halls brand, the neighbourhood, and Cargo – after the leisure and office space the food hall is housed in. And there’s more than a mouthful of delicious food inside too. Gopal’s Corner (from the minds behind Roti King), DF Tacos, and BaoziInn are on hand offering up their fares.
Meanwhile relative newbies to scene such as Le Bab, Pasta Evangelists, and Inamo Sukoshi are also standing toe-to-toe with the established names. We’re particularly excited for Chick Chick Crews’ mouth-watering, and shatteringly crisp, fried chicken. And soon to come to MHCWC (pronounced muh-qwik, obviously) are the legendary Black Bear Burger.
All this coupled with two bars, and views over the canal, are sure to find you racing to Canary Wharf. That is, assuming you don’t already work on it’s doorstep. They’ve managed to strike the balance perfectly: well curated food options, enough bars that you’re never waiting too long for a drink, and delightful views. It’s a true gem of a food hall, nestled in the financial district.
Canary Wharf is now blessed with food halls, with Market Halls Canary Wharf Cargo joining the Pergola outpost at Crossrail Place Roof Garden. I don’t know about you, but I’m embracing the not-too-distant future of food halls absolutely filling London. You could even use the journey as your excuse to finally ride the Elizabeth line. That is, assuming you somehow haven’t already.
Also published on Medium.