|The market is split into different sections|
I strolled round with an almond croissant, soaking up the early morning atmosphere. It was very relaxed and at 10am stalls were still in the middle of setting up, but it was easy to imagine hoards of people in a couple of hours time: buying their weekly goods and escaping on their lunch breaks to eat fresh and local.
From fishmongers' stalls beautifully adorned with shells and pearls, to a Spanish trader who's smell of cheese and chirozo sent me straight back to childhood holidays. Most of the stalls were set permanently into the market with grey stone displays which seemed to grow out of the floor. Set underneath a railway bridge a couple of stalls were hidden under dark, arched stone cavities - which gave off the feeling of shopping back in time of Sweeny Todd and like.
Here are some photos I snapped, unfortunately with my camera phone as I was not expecting such a foodie-feast for the eyes, so they are not the best quality I'm afraid. But I hope they illustrate some of the points I made, but the only way to experience it properly is to get down there yourself next time you are in London.
The market it open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, find it here.
|Under this archway since 1875|
|A fantastic setting under railway viaducts by the river|
|Casually walk down streets with a |
mid morning snack
|Kitch signs keeping the historic feel|
|All the food you can think of|
|Setting up for the day|
|Friendly feel, no regimented |
supermarket in sight
|Clearly signposted with clever marketing|
|Just shipped in?|
|Fruit stalls use old fashioned ideas for displays - a truly vintage feel|
|Fishmongers set in stone|