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Markets: Feeding London’s identity


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Please book your space if you would like to attend the panel discussion session, which starts at 18:00. If you would just like to drop in between 12:00-18:00 to view the exhibition, you do not need to register.

London’s Nine Elms has a burgeoning sense of identity, and at its heart lies New Covent Garden Market, an institution that already has it in spades with a working community that has been a part of the capital’s life since 1670.

VINCI St. Modwen, in partnership with Covent Garden Market Authority, are celebrating the newest milestone in the redevelopment project: the Food Exchange, a workspace, kitchen space and food culture venue for everyone and everything to do with food. The Food Exchange forms the first chapter of London’s Food Quarter – a vibrant food industry campus and a serious food destination – and starts the journey of New Covent Garden Market becoming to food what Old Street is to tech.

The event, to be held at the recently opened Food Exchange, will explore links to markets, food, community and identity. An exhibition of market photographer Clive Boursnell’s images chronicling its history over fifty years will set the scene for panel discussions looking forward, which will be led by the Covent Garden Market Authority and VINCI St. Modwen along with other influencers in the food, regeneration and architectural industries. Themes will cover: how markets create communities; how they influence London’s identity; and the practicalities of designing and delivering the structures themselves.

To bring the vision to life, companies linked to New Covent Garden Market will share their products with attendees. To further involve our audience in the discussion, we will ask: “what do markets mean to you?” and collect responses which will evolve over the course of the event into a collage of perspectives and memories on the places where we bond, browse and buy.

Food Exchange
New Covent Garden Market
Nine Elms

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Event date: 06/06/2018
Open from 18:00 to 20:00

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