|Location||Hackney, Greater London|
|Management||Hackney London Borough Council|
|Owner||Hackney London Borough Council|
|Goods sold||General goods, food|
|Days normally open||Saturday|
Before the late 20th century it was the site of a busy fruit and vegetable market, but this slowly dwindled over time - in the early 2000s, market activity was limited to a couple of stands selling produce. On 8 May 2004 a food market was launched on Saturdays which has since become firmly established. Broadway Market is closed to traffic when the market is being held (9am - 5pm). Thanks largely to the market a number of new restaurants and boutiques have opened in the area.
The ongoing development of Broadway Market has sparked a local debate about the perceived gentrification of Hackney and the way Hackney council disposed of some of their commercial property portfolio. In late 2005 a group of local protestors occupied 34 Broadway Market (Francesca's café) to bring attention to the issue. Despite being evicted on 21 December 2005 the building was successfully reoccupied on 27 December (replacing the demolished roof in the process) before the protestors were again evicted on 23 February 2006. Ultimately the battle was lost and the former proprietor of Francesca's cafe now runs the Little Francesca's juice stall on Saturdays in Broadway Market. The battle did not end, however, and local shopkeeper Spirit, whose shop was sold to an overseas developer by Hackney Council, fought several court battles to regain his property after proving that Hackney Council had cashed the cheque for his purchase deposit prior to selling his property to an overseas development company. Ultimately Spirit lost his battle too - winning in court but unable to reverse the transaction.
Broadway Market, and specifically the barber shop, was the location for David Cronenberg's 2007 film, Eastern Promises. The opening scenes of the 1988 movie Buster were shot at the Regent's Canal end of the market. It was also used for filming some scenes in the 1947 film Odd Man Out. Along with many squares and streets in the East End of London, it is rumoured that the old Broadway Market partly inspired the BBC soap opera EastEnders.
Closest London Underground station:
Buses: 55, 394
The Dove gastropub. (January 2006)
- Broadway Market Official website
- Save Tony's Café! Ongoing Broadway Market Campaign news
- The Battle for Broadway Market (documentary) Emily James, 2006
- EASTeight Magazine for the Broadway Market area
- 'Market forces' Hari Kunzru, The Guardian, December 2005
- 'The Cleansing of Hackney' Paul Kingsnorth, The Ecologist, March 2006
- 'The best on Broadway' Tom Moggach, thelondonpaper, December 2006