Market and isolated pitch vacancies

Licences on markets are issued in accordance with the City of Westminster Act 1999 and with reference to the Statement of Street Trading Policy 2013.

We aim to keep our markets full, vibrant and offering a range of goods for all customers. We also aim to support local residents and those with start-up businesses on our markets.

Please read on to find out what vacancies are available and how to apply to be a trader.

Coronavirus information

Following the current government guidance, our markets remain open for shopping. We will continue to monitor government advice. Read more about the changes to markets as well as advice for residents and traders.

The council is temporarily waiving the charges increase planned for 1 April 2020 for market traders.

At this time we are not accepting any new street trading applications due to the current Coronavirus and social distancing requirements. We hope to re-open applications as soon as possible please revisit this website for updates.

1. Berwick Street W1

We are not currently accepting applications for Berwick Street market.

2. Church Street NW8

We welcome applications for weekdays only, please note that we are currently not accepting any new applications on Saturdays, we will review this in April 2020. Please note the pitch restrictions for hot food trader locations, stated on the vacancy register before submitting your application.

Please see the plan showing the approximate location of the pitches on this market. This plan is not to scale.

Pitch Vacancies

Monday to Friday

Saturdays

Additional Information

Applicants will need to make their own arrangements for electricity, water, parking and storage.

The pitch sizes are 3m x 3m. Applicants are required to provide their own receptacle that will contain all goods, equipment etc. within its footprint pitch. The applicant will be required to demonstrate that the receptacle is fire retardant and complies with British Standard BS:7837. Adequate fire safety equipment will also be required.

New hot food licence applications will only be considered between pitches 537 to 567 and 655 to 660. Other pitches are not suitable to be licensed to hot food traders. This only applies to hot food traders and not all food traders i.e. fresh produce, cold or prepacked food are welcomed.

3. Maida Hill W9

We currently welcome applications for both weekdays and Saturdays.

Pitch vacancies

View available pitches

Additional information

There are considerable electricity and water limitations at Maida Hill which potential traders must take into account before applying. Please contact the Street Trading Team if you have any specific questions on these. Additionally, please be aware that there will be major redevelopment at Maida Hill during 2020, when your license may be suspended in accordance with standard conditions.

4. Rupert Street W1

We are not currently offering pitches to casual traders at this market on weekdays; however, we welcome applications for Saturdays.

5. Strutton Ground SW1

Pitch vacancies

View available pitches (PDF, 106KB)

Additional information

Please note we cannot accept any hot food or cooking applications for Strutton Ground at this time.

Applicants will need to make their own arrangements for electricity, water, storage and parking. (Q Park may be able to offer a reduction, but applicants will need to liaise with them directly).

6. Tachbrook Street SW1

Please note that due to upcoming public realm works we are unable to accept applications requiring electricity. Non hot food applications including fresh produce are welcome and acceptable on a temporary licence, but we are not currently accepting any hot food applications due to planned works on the market.

Pitch vacancies

View available pitches

7. How to apply

Apply to be a market trader

View information on each individual market

Charitable organisations and promotional stalls

We often offer vacant market pitches to community groups or charitable organisations for various projects or schemes. For more information, please email the street trading team with details of your proposal (including your proposed location and proposed days) and a copy of your current public liability insurance certificate. A minimum cover of £2,000,000 is required.

8. Isolated pitches

Pitch vacancies

There are no current vacancies on any of Westminster's isolated pitches and therefore we are not accepting any applications at this time.

Should you wish to apply for a temporary licence on a market, please check one of our market registers for availabilities.

 

 

 

9. Application criteria

Applications will only be considered whilst a vacant market pitch or vacant isolated pitch is being advertised above. They will be considered on a first come, first served basis except where two applications are received for the same pitch on the same day. In such cases, applications will be prioritised according to:

  • the goods for sale - see details under each specific market for more information
  • whether the application is from a start-up business or where the applicant is part of an enterprise scheme
  • the days for which the applicant has applied; preference will be given to applicants applying for a greater number of days, particularly where market occupancy is lower on certain days of the week
  • whether the application is from owners or operators of adjacent retail premises who wish to extend their offer out onto an existing designated pitch

10. Westminster Markets Trader Handbook

The Westminster Market Trader Handbook outlines the application process and associated fees for all traders who wish to apply for a licence. 

Download the Trader Handbook (PDF, 3.85MB)

Last updated: 4 June 2020