Historic Soho street food market ‘could be gone within months’, as council hikes rents


Street food traders at Berwick Street Market in Soho have been dismayed by Westminster Council’s decision to increase their rent by 20 per cent, and backdate it for three months.

The traders are among the thousands of businesses in the West End, large and small, that have been harshly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday August 21, just three stalls had set up in the street compared to the 30 who were operating in January.

Robin Smith chairs the Berwick Street Traders’ Society, and is a co-founder of the Soho Dairy stall which began trading in 2015.

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