Pimlico's Tachbrook Street Market has been given a new lease of life after it underwent a dramatic £1.7m facelift. The market was previously struggling to compete with nearby supermarket chains but the local community rallied to save it.
The revamp included new paving, lighting and new power and water supplies for the traders, who sell everything from fine art and furnishings to fresh food. Other streets in the local area have also been improved as part of the scheme.
The artisan market is now bustling with independent traders and unique products - it is a fantastic place to shop for fresh everyday essentials. The new transformation even caught the eye of Kit Malthouse, Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor, when he attended the market's grand reopening.
Plans are already in place to continue the market's improvement, with product themes, regular events, late night shopping and gourmet lunchtime offers set to be introduced. The transformation of Tachbrook Street Market was undertaken as part of Westminster City Council's Living City commitment, which aims to improve life in the local area.
Cllr Brian Connell, Westminster Council's cabinet member for business and enterprise, said: "This is a microcosm of the Big Society in action, with local people and businesses rallying something they feel passionate about, and which brings the community together. Markets are a source of pride for residents living near them and play a vital role in the heart of local communities. They help increase the appeal of shopping districts, and can be a boost to overall trade by increasing visitor numbers. I am confident Tachbrook Market will prove a great success and reaffirm the council's support for our markets; and I am grateful for the efforts of the local councillors who have been instrumental in driving this forward."