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London Street Markets - which is best and why?

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?
 

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.
 

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.
 

hipipol

Peckham Wry
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.
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:
 

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.
 

editor

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

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.
 

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.
 

hash tag

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

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

 

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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