In John Wick, deconsecration meant violence, murder and mayhem, but for St Mark's Mayfair the results have been a bit more savoury. Sweet and savoury.
The disused church now hosts one of London's finest artisanal food markets: Mercato Mayfair. Italian Gelato, sushi, pizza, pasta, bao buns, burgers, cocktails, beer and much, much more can be enjoyed in this stunning Late Georgian setting. Everything that it serves is fresh, locally sourced and, most important of the lot, delicious.
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When A Church Is Not A Church
There can be no surer sign of Christianity's decline than the deconsecration of its churches. More and more of these once sacred places have been deemed surplus to requirement, because there simply aren't enough church-goers to fill them.
And if, like me, you are a lover of good beer, sustainable food and religious architecture, then this is cause for celebration. Raise a glass to Mercato Mayfair and other markets of its kind.
Heavenly Highlights and Devilish Lows
Along with its two floors of bars and eateries, Mercato Mayfair boasts a produce market with a mouth-watering array of deli products. To get the best out of it, however, you must look to the sky and below ground.
Its rooftop terrace is the perfect place to enjoy Mayfair on a sunny day. More decadent, below the dirt, its vaulted crypt serves fresh German beer, brewed on site, alongside a host of fine wines.
Mercato Mayfair's produce doesn't just taste good, it comes accompanied by an admirable mission. Their not-for-profit, Movement, has partnered with businesses, charities and communities, since 2018, to try to bring about food for all, climate action and ecological innovation.
Learn more about their work here.
One More Thing...
Mercato Mayfair has two sister sites: Mercato Metropolitano and Mercato Elephant Park, both in Elephant and Castle.
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Or if you want to discover more great markets around the world? Check out our articles on NYC's Greenpoint Terminal Market, Perth's Fremantle Markets and Manchester's Mackie Mayor.