An Italian “foodie theme park” is coming to Liverpool Street in 2018!

New Year looks to bring some food joy to London!

A huge Italian “foodie theme park” is set to open near Liverpool Street as part of the Square Mile’s re-build, if all goes to plan.

A 40,000 sq ft branch of the Eataly food hall concept with restaurants, shops and cafes is planned for a site on Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street station, according to sources.

Eataly was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and now has 35 stories celebrating Italian food and drink all over the world, including in Tokyo, São Paulo and New York.

Eataly would take up the ground floor with a terraced frontage on to Bishopsgate.

Their spots usually have a huge store stocking Italian food such as balsamic vinegar and mozzarella cheese with Italian restaurants, smaller stalls selling specialities such as ravioli and gelato, a coffee shop and a free food “university” offering lessons in preparing Italian dishes.

A spokeswoman at British Land would not comment on Eataly but pointed to the company’s broader redevelopment of Broadgate. She said: “This has been predominantly an office area but we are looking to bring in a higher level of retail including some great brands.” Exciting!

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