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Jason Allen 05/12/22

Mare Street Market

Mare Street Market | An Old Office Block Transformed Into A Hip East London Hangout

Let’s all give a big hand to the office blocks of the 60s.

Dismissed as criminally ugly for decades, brutalist blocks across London are being gutted and transformed, ugly duckling-style, into artful, mid-century-styled hangouts like Netil 360.

Just across the road from Netil… Mare Street Market.

It’s a sprawling project from Barworks (the people behind the Wenlock & Essex, Electricity Showrooms and the 5cc bars) that, unsurprisingly, is planted on Hackney’s Mare Street. They’ve taken over a previously nondescript council office block, giving it a big architectural rejig, and filled their now open-plan space with a record shop, a florist, a bakery, a deli, a cocktail bar, a barber, a tattooist… and several restaurants. Here’s how the 10k sq ft of space all breaks down:


mare street market dining room

Rafal Stebnicki

Mare Street Market’s showstopper restaurant is The Dining Room, starring an abundance of eclectic chandeliers and quirky, assorted touches like gothic statues and life-size replica giraffe necks. And in fact, all of those things – chandeliers included – are available for sale from the in-house furniture store Pure White Lines.

If you don’t fancy dining under the sword of Damocles, you can grab a more casual bite at the Open Kitchen in the open-plan heart of Mare Street Market. Both spots serve the same, all-day menu, featuring BBQ’d tamarind seabass; burnt aubergine with tahini yoghurt; classic rib-eye steak with garlic & herb butter; and a lengthy list of sourdough pizzas. Of course, this is Hackney, so you can also drop in for a hearty brunch (try the potato rosti) and Sunday roasts on weekends.

And last but not least, there’s the deli, serving up Canon & Canon charcuterie and Secret Smokehouse fish in sandwiches and salads by day, and more elaborate small plates by night.


Mare Street Market

Quenching thirst in the daytime, Mare Street Market has a coffee roastery from the Flying Horse coffee shop, and quenching thirst in the nighttime is The Bar, whose vast, 15-page menu spans everything from vegan-friendly wines and booze-free options to craft beers, ciders, amaro and classic cocktails.


mare street market

Nishant Shukla

Amongst Mare Street Market’s other charms, you’ll also find a vinyl record store, Stranger Than Paradise, run by a former Rough Trade East manager (which even has its own DIY podcast studio); a rotating guest pop up shop; and a neon-soaked outpost of local florists Rebel Rebel.

It’s not just your garden variety market.


NOTE: Mare Street Market is open daily – you can find out more, and book tables, on their website HERE.

Mare Street Market | 89-115 Mare Street, E8 4RT

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Mare Street Market

89-115 Mare Street, Hackney, East London, E8 4RT

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