London Street Markets - which is best and why?

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by hipipol, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    For my first few years in London I was a tube addict, if it wasn't on the map - fuck it
    Luckily though I was obliged to move to Stoke Newington and discovered Ridley Road Market - still the best place on the planet to buy flammable garments!!!! - but most importantly, Veg
    Current location means its Lewisham that now provides almost all of my veg, I avoid supermarkets as much as pos - and fake "farmers Markets" - these fuckers have rarely even listened to the Archers let alone ever set foot on/in a farm.
    During this week I got 3 small cabbages for a quid, 3 broccs for a quid, about 1.5 kilos of green beans for a quid, 3 large sweet pots for.., you guessed it, a quid, 3 leeks, a quid, 4 kilos of onions, £1.30 ( well you cant win em all, 6 courgettes for a quid
    Not only is it more fun than any supermarket, BUT, you get loads of good exercise getting your huge sacks of dinner home
    Of the other markets I have used, Walthamstow is fuckin ace, but a tad distant, Ridley Road - still blinding and thanks to the Overground, not that hard to get to, East Street - really sad, used to live on the Pullens and did all my shopping there - fuck me its gone down hill
    So, where do you like?
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  2. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    What’s wrong with East Street market? I went this morning, love it. What makes you say it’s ‘sad’?
    I got loads of super cheap good fruit & veg plus 3 jumpers (with the high street labels cut off) for £5.
  3. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Can't be arsed with them most of the time because of weather, being on at inconvenient times, and they mostly insist on cash and don't take cards.
  4. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    I still do get some things from there if passing thru, it used to have better veg stalls cos there were more of em, fewer flammable garm outlets;):thumbs:
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  5. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    Been a couple of years since I was there but Leather Lane transformed itself from a tatty clothes market to an excellent lunchtime street food market over a 5-10 year period. Mediterranean salads, curries, falafels, burritos, kimchi... it's all there goddammit.
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  6. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    hipipol Was raining today so those tables near the end piled high with mysteriously sourced clothing were less flammable than usual . :thumbs:
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  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Brixton's many street markets used to be great but they're a pale shadow of their former glories these days :(
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  8. Guineveretoo

    Guineveretoo Mostly bewildered

    Crystal Palace Market on Saturdays is excellent. Mix of locally grown food and flowers, organic grains and stuff, bread, alongside crafty stuff and street food.

    And all next door to the junk/antique place. Mostly junk.
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  9. littleseb

    littleseb littleseb

    Whitechapel great for fruit / veg, flammable garments and Islamic kitsch.
  10. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    I like Romford Market. A little down on its luck at the moment but 750 years old and still very local in character. I sometimes dream of giving up working for cunts and getting a little stall there.

    Have a massive soft spot for Ridley Rd. I lived within earshot of it for over three years and had my wedding reception over the road. I dressed pretty much exclusively in one pound t-shirts for quite a while.

    Walthamstow's wonderful for the sheer size and narrowness. I used to walk there over the marshes from Hackney, walk the whole length of it then get the train back.

    Don't have a favourite really. They're all special.
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  11. hash tag

    hash tag member

    The thing that made out in east street was the stall selling sarsperella, either hot by the cup or a bottle of the stuff.
  12. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

    Deptford flea market is brilliant. So many odd things for sale. Once saw a sonar machine from a fishing trawler that's used to detect shoals of fish
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  13. billbond

    billbond Banned Banned

    The thing that made out in east street was the stall selling sarsperella, either hot by the cup or a bottle of the stuff.
    Yep remember it well

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  14. telbert

    telbert Do you like sponge?

    I ventured into Chrisp St Market today as i'm working nearby and was pleasantly surprised. Not truly a street market as it was purpose built as a covered market but worth a mention all the same and ive not been here for about 10 years. 2 good pie and mash shops( i chose Eastenders today rather than Maureens as i'd never been in there before), a couple of other food places doing chinese, indian and home cooked " east end " food like saveloys, pease pudding and faggotts. An asian/halal butchers with a traditional butchers a few doors along, Percy Ingles bakers and a Greggs, couple of hardware shops, a pet shop, a couple of furniture shops, clothing, shoes,hairdressers and lots of stalls setting up. Its got it all going on. The thing i noticed most was how clean the area was. Really well looked after. Locals have a great little resource here. Im definitely gonna get back there when i have more time to look around. Anyone use this market.
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