Battersea Power Station’s food hall has opened and it’s got a moody, vintage vibe

Arcade turns an ‘in between’ space into a bustling culinary hub

Red Deer has turned a windowless space in the heart of London’s iconic Battersea Power Station into Arcade Battersea – a food hub that brings together 13 different cuisines.

It’s the second Arcade to open in the city, following in the footsteps of the enormously popular first Arcade food hall near Tottenham Court Road. The Battersea outpost has seating for 500 and promises an eclectic range of options from Hong Kong comfort food and Italian gelato to sushi, Nepali street food and Middle Eastern shawarma.

Red Deer faced a challenge in designing the food market, which sits in an awkward, low-light spot between the power station’s turbine halls. The London studio drew on a vintage visual language, bringing in retro shades of cream, red and brown and using patterned tiles to cover the floor and demarcate different stalls.

The practice tackled the darkness of the space via orb-shaped light fittings and illuminated signs that feel like pieces of retro advertising. Diners can choose from a row of bright blue chairs and dining sofas or pull up a long stool and oversee what’s going on in the kitchen.

1st Floor, Boiler House, Battersea Power Station, 330 The Power Station, Circus Rd S, London SW11 8DD

Photography: Arcade Battersea
Photography: Arcade Battersea

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