Berwick Street Market

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Berwick Street Market
Berwick street market 1.jpg
The market in January 2006
Location Soho, Westminster, Greater London
Coordinates 51°30′47.0″N 0°8′4.2″W / 51.513056°N 0.134500°W / 51.513056; -0.134500Coordinates: 51°30′47.0″N 0°8′4.2″W / 51.513056°N 0.134500°W / 51.513056; -0.134500
Address Berwick Street
Management Westminster City Council
Owner Westminster City Council
Environment Outdoor
Goods sold General goods
Days normally open Monday–Saturday
Number of tenants 25
Website www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk/market

Berwick Street Market is a small market on Berwick Street in the heart of Soho, London, England, selling mainly fruit and vegetables and general goods.[1] It is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 6pm.[2]

History[edit]

Berwick Street was built between 1687 and 1703.[3] The market was established in the 18th century, though it was not officially recognised until 1892.[4]

Description[edit]

In addition to the market, there are a collection of shops along the street, including some delis. It was also well known for its independent record shops especially through the 1990s into the early 21st century (including Vinyl Junkies, CD City, Sister Ray, and Mr Bongo's), however many have closed due to the emergence of digital downloading. The street is also home to a variety of studios and advertising firms, including Berwick Post, Silk Sound, Vivid London, Street Furniture and Felt Music.

There are also adult sex shows (including the Raymond Revuebar) and some smaller restaurants and bars. The street is crossed by Peter Street, Broadwick Street, D'Arblay Street and Noel Street.

Berwick Street was the location for the cover photograph of the (What's the Story) Morning Glory? album by Oasis

The nearest London Underground stations are Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.

In 2005 Westminster City Council's Corporate Property Department presented a planning application, known internally as Project Fox, to redevelop the west side of Berwick Street Market, against local opposition.[5] At a hearing on 28 July 2005,[6] the Planning and City Development Committee refused planning permission for the application and the scheme was eventually withdrawn entirely, following which the Berwick Street Planning Brief[7] was drawn up by the Council's Planning Department in consultation with local stakeholders.

In November 2012 it was announced that PMB Holdings, a property company chaired by Peter Beckwith, has acquired the rights for the regeneration of the historic fruit market in Berwick Street and a row of 12 shops and offices. The agreement came more than a year after PMB was selected as preferred bidder, beating local landlords, Soho Estates and Shaftesbury, and Henderson Global Investors among others to the deal.

The company will launch a series of wide-reaching consultations to develop proposals for the planned scheme at 90-104 Berwick Street. A public exhibition will be held early next year and an application is expected to be submitted in April. It is providing £100,000 in upfront funding to improve utilities for market traders and deliver better access to water and electricity.

Goldenberg Real Estate represented PMB in the deal and will advise them ongoing and LSH represented Westminster.

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