Ropewalk, a set on Flickr.
Just a 15 minute walk from London Bridge is Maltby Street Market. Set up originally by a breakaway group of traders from Borough Market. It offers a much smaller and more laid-back experience. A great atmosphere with a growing number of Artisan traders dotted amidst vintage and antique shops. Was lively even on a freezing cold day in January.
Equally exciting for me was a wander along to Spa Terminus in Bermondsey. Faced with rising rents, some of the Maltby Street traders have moved on yet again and settled here. The spaces are much cheaper and functional, all dotted under a confusing warren of railway arches. Wholesale traders during the week, they open their doors to the Public every Saturday morning (9.00 – 3.00) http://www.spa-terminus.co.uk
We bought a cake at the Little Bread Pedlar and washed it down with one of the best coffees I’ve tasted in a long time from Coleman Coffee Roasters http://www.colemancoffee.com. Bought a honeycomb from The London honey company http://www.thelondonhoneycompany.co.uk and some pork belly from The Butchery, who even advised us on how best to cook it. (and it was divine by the way.) http://www.thebutcheryltd.com. Discovered a fantastic cheese from kappacasein, who we know and love from Borough Market, the “Bermondsey frier” A beautiful alternative to Halloumi. http://www.kappacasein.com. As we left Spa Terminus, the Kernel brewery was in full swing, with loads of happy customers who didn’t look like they were in a hurry to leave.www.thekernelbrewery.com
Must get there earlier next visit.