A market for West Hampstead

I got a very exciting e-mail yesterday from Cllr Gillian Risso-Gill announcing that an agreement has been reached with First Capital Connect for the West Hampstead Business Forum to hold a Saturday market on the widenened pavement area by the new Thameslink station on Iverson Road.

The site is not big enough for a full, accredited, commercial farmers market, which I know a lot of you are keen on. However, in order to try and maximise trade, the organisers are keen to know what locals would actually want. This will help them determine whether the focus will be on food, or antiques, or crafts, or something else.

An early poll on Twitter yesterday suggested food was by far the most popular, although there was a significant vote for crafts/antiques/flea market. Perhaps different weeks could be different markets?

The hope is that a pilot market could be arranged in the next 5-6 weeks.

If you are interested in having a stall, I suggest you contact Gillian at ku.vo1508758325g.ned1508758325mac@l1508758325liG-o1508758325ssiR.1508758325naill1508758325iG1508758325 in the first instance. If you’d like to have your say on the type of market you’d like to see, then please leave a comment below. I’ve already noted comments via Twitter so please don’t vote again!

  • rachel

    antiques would be amazing!

  • Diego

    I would love a farms market, where people will come to buy over here…

  • ooh, that's something nice to look forward to – a mixture of food, antiques and crafts would be ideal.

  • Anonymous

    Food would be great and probably most popular/commercial choice.

    Flea market might be good as more of a pop up occasional thing ?

    Either way it's good news especially in light of recent discussions about increasing footfall and spend on our high street- this is exactly the sort of thing that will bring people and their wallets to WEL.

  • Anonymous

    Fresh fruit, veggies, cheese, cold meats would be fantastic! not arts and crafts

  • Lovely fruit/veggies, cheese, bread, meat. That would be great!

  • Anonymous

    Fruit and veg!

  • Anonymous

    We definitely need a butcher/fishmonger! We don't have these on the high street!

    • So, you've read the very next post, which announces that a butcher is arriving in May/June? And we have a fishmonger on Broadhurst Gardens open Fridays & Saturday mornings (and office open all week if you want to pre-order).

  • Anonymous

    Food market weekly would be great (and agree on the butcher/fish market comments).

    Also think Flea market would be nice as a once a month or something.

  • Anonymous

    i would really like a proper butcher, selling all sorts of mets including giblets and offals, as they have them at the queen park market.

  • Anonymous

    I'd vote antiques/flea market for sure, but a food one would be a welcome Whamp edition too. Exciting!

    • Anonymous

      Oops, 'addition' not 'edition'…

  • Anonymous

    Food would be good – a mixture of relatively affordable things like bread and dairy products with some posher treats mixed in like handmade chocolates. A couple of stalls for gifts would be nice (cards, jewellery, T-shirt etc.), and then as others have suggested this could be extended perhaps once a month, like a mini Greenwich Market. Antiques would be good as an aspect of this but only if they’re cheap.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see a food market. I agree with the comment above that it would be good to see a mixture of relatively affordable things like bread and dairy products with some higher end deli/more unusual stuff. A focus on organic would be great.

    The problem with arts and crafts stalls is that they usually end up looking cheap and tacky.

  • Anonymous

    Has to be food!

  • Anonymous

    A farmers market!

  • Anonymous

    Food!

  • Anonymous

    What about Farrants?!

  • Anonymous

    One more for the food market. Don't like the idea of arts and crafts. The market should serve a practical purpose, a place that local residents visit regularly. I buy FOOD regularly, not arts and crafts!