Italian food hall Eataly is set to open its first branch in London this year.
Eataly, which already boasts almost 40 locations around the world, will take up residency in a massive site in Bishopsgate that stretches across 42,000 square feet. The Italian food market will feature a raft of vendors both selling and cooking authentic Italian produce, with the set up similar in style to other famous London foodie destinations such as Borough Market.
Eataly was originally founded in Turin, Italy and has since gone on to open locations across the globe. You can currently find Eataly outposts in New York, Moscow, Tokyo and Munich to name just a few, so it’s surprising that they’ve waited this long to open in London.
Once open, Eataly London will be the largest stand-alone food hall in the UK, with visitors able to purchase Italian produce such as ciabatta, cured meats, olive oil and cheeses. Guests can also enjoy meals at the food hall, as a number of casual restaurants will be featured inside, serving up pasta, pizza and other Italian delights.
There will be a few bars too, stocked up with Italian wines and turning out classic cocktails such as Negronis and Aperol Spritz, while those looking to expand their knowledge of all things Italian cuisine can partake in one of the cooking classes at Eataly London’s very own on-site cookery school.
Founded in 2007, the Eataly brand was partially brought to America with the help of Italian-American chef Mario Batali. However, the company parted ways with Batali in December 2017, following a string of sexual assault allegations that had been levelled against the chef by former employees.
Eataly London will open in 2020 at 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD.
If you fancy scoping out some of the capital’s other foodie hubs, check out our pick of the best food markets in London.