Privatisation of street food markets in London: curating markets and place.

Berwick Street Market, Soho. Photo credit: Vlondons

In a recent edition of The Guardian, there was a story about the privatisation of Berwick street Market, an historic London market in the heart of Soho. Stallholders are protesting for the Council’s decision to bring in a “commercial operator” to manage the market. Why would the Council would do that? Not only for efficiency reasons, but as a councillor mentions, the market needs to “wash its face”. Bringing in a market organiser for Berwick Street is a way of changing the look and feel of the market and the area; as a market campaigner says in the article “the reinvention of markets has got to be done in a curated way”.

This post was originally published in Researching Sociology @ LSE

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