Late night fun at Tooting Market
Published: 21 August 2015
Tooting Market is now open late on Friday and Saturday evenings – with loads of bars, restaurants and stalls open until 10.30pm.
Visitors can shop till they drop then relax with a drink and a meal at the market in Tooting High Street.
Tooting Market is south London’s largest indoor market and has been open for 80 years, but has been transformed in recent years. It still has the familiar market stalls that people love, but is now also home to trendy bars, boutiques, pop-ups and restaurants.
It is also a mecca for the arts, with frequent live music, craft workshops and performances adding to the lively atmosphere.
The newly-buzzing market is just part of a recent renaissance in the town fuelled by a lively arts scene, new restaurants and retailers and transport improvements.
The busy Tooting Broadway junction is getting a pedestrian-friendly makeover, with the council and Transport for London giving local people a chance to comment on designs in November. There are also council plans to improve Mitcham Road.
Local pubs have been given protection and new and refurbished pubs have opened, giving beer lovers a great choice.
A new two-year arts programme called The Streets will see outdoor arts events across the town centre.
The council’s business spokesman Cllr Guy Senior said: “Tooting Market is already a creative hub and a great attraction in the heart of the town centre. Late night opening will now add a whole new dimension.
“Tooting’s always been a great place to eat, enjoy a drink and browse some unique shops, but now it’s so much more than that. It’s a warm, close-knit community with an atmosphere all of its own. The transport and streetscape improvements in the pipeline will make it even better.”
Follow @TootingMarket on twitter for regular updates of what’s going on.
Sample food from local restaurants at the Foodival food festival at the Samaj Hall on September 12, and at new food festival Tootopia on September 25-27 in which award-winning eateries will take their food to the streets.
Find out why Time Out thinks Tooting is hipper than Shoreditch.
Notes to editors:
The establishments opening late are
• Panda Chinese (Thai/Chinese food)
• Unwined in Tooting (wine shop, bar & kitchen with monthly pop-up chef)
• Artz Design (fashion)
• Boom Bap Burger
• Amber Skye/Lily Flower Vintage (fashion)
• The Secret Bar
• Grubs (Caribbean food)
• The Lone Fisherman (Caribbean food)
• Melvina Walker (hairdresser)