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Londons First Floating Market

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by pinkmonkey, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    Mods if you think this is blatent advertising feel free to delete. :) I don't have anything to do with this apart from being a London Boater myself.

    Over the last couple of years we've seen more trading boats on the waterways - a friend of ours, a herbalist, restored a dutch barge and runs a clinic & shop from it,


    then there's the Sandwich Barge which has been plying the waterways.

    and more recently a Vintage clothes store

    These boats can usually be found clustered anywhere from Camden to Broadway Market, but for the duration of the Olympics these trading boats (and more) have come together at Mile End Park to form a floating market. The market will then move onto Little Venice for the duration of the Paralympics.

    List of boats:

    The Floating Hat Shop—Modern and vintage styled hats and caps

    Frocks A Float—a vintage boutique full of wonderful items from the 1930s through to fantastically priced desirable designer goodies.

    The Glass Barge—a wide range of fused glass jewellery, including pendants, earrings, broaches and other items, aboard their narrowboat Enchanted Moon.

    Kismet—Waterways Wood turning, include wood-turned bowls, plates, eggcups, bottle stoppers, bottle coasters, pendant necklaces and earrings, bangles, light pulls, key chains, candlesticks, pots and wind chimes. Also makes wood craft items such as hair clips and necklets, log shrink pots, fan-rived and carved dragonflies and wooden gypsy flowers.

    Marilyn—Sausages 4 Sail, specialises in barbecued Bratwürste sausages.

    Rawlings Cakes—specialises in bespoke cakes made without wheat, eggs or dairy products. As well as the ever popular gingerbread. Cup cakes, loaf cakes and made to order birthday and special occasion cakes.

    Ruth's Rolls—Selling pre-packaged goods, rolls, soft drinks, crisps and sweets.

    The Sandwich Barge—London's first organic cruising café and chandlery service to the boating community. The menu changes with seasonal produce and mainly consists of freshly cut sandwiches, home made cakes, speciality teas and energy drinks. During the Olympics the Sandwich Barge will be focusing on traditional British food.

    Stormvogel—the Herbal barge, is London's first Herbal Apothecary in 350 years! The Herbal Barge is a clinic and apothecary shop. It offers one-to-one herbal medicine consultations; kitchen remedy and expert patient courses; and its own range of botanical healthcare products as well as loose herbs, tinctures, ointments and sundries for folk to create their own remedies.

    Vareska—is a new floating café on the Regent's Canal cooking up traditional Slovakian treats. Signature dishes including Kapustica - sauerkraut, smoked sausage and mushroom soup served with crusty bread, Vyprazany Zeler—battered celeriac steak served with a gherkin & potato salad and Plnena Placka—potato, garlic & marjoram pancake filled with chicken or vegetable sauté.

    Word on the Water—The London Book Barge is a floating bookshop selling a wide range of quality new and recycled books. In addition to a wide range of books, ranging from cult, contemporary fiction, classics, art and photography and non-fiction the barge has a rooftop stage, from which poetry slams, spoken-word events and acoustic music performances are showcased.

    Zebra Boat—Serving up all the fun food of the fair, freshly made on the day, including ice cream, candy floss, popcorn and Slushies. Recently added a range of sweets to the menu, as well as freshly ground coffee, a range of teas and cold drinks.

    Website and directions. http://www.floatingmarket.co.uk/
  2. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Fookin' brilliant :D
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  3. DaveCinzano


    I like that Rawlins discriminates against hippies in favour of builders :cool:
  4. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    sounds good - get them up Hackney way.
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  5. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

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  6. hipipol

    hipipol Peckham Wry

    what a pity they got all the shopping trolleys out of the canal - might have been handy to get stuff home like:D
  7. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Good that it's happening, but London's first floating market? I very much doubt that. The Thames was until relatively recently the most bustling part of London. I'm sure an historian will be along soon to confirm what I believe.
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  8. IC3D

    IC3D Post Mid Arc

    There was a Chai barge on the Lea near the Anchor of Hope last summer catching the passing trade, nice idea.
  9. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    It was pretty expensive tho. About £3.50 a cup I think she wanted :(.
  10. IC3D

    IC3D Post Mid Arc

    Cheeky Chai Wallahs! appropriate pub too moor in front of then.
  11. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    in 1906 one b.j. hyde reported on a remarkable floating market on the thames for wide world magazine. and you can buy a copy of the article here: http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Remarkable-Floating-Market-Thames-London-Hyde/346320780/bd

    i'm sure someone else will find a floating market predating that by some hundreds of years.
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  12. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    if it's a floating market i hope you're complying with the regulations of the relevant london borough/s.
  13. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    Yep, it was organised by the Canal and River Trust as part of their Olympics Programme. It wasnt free, they had to pay the trust to trade there. Many of the traders have been operating throughout London for several years now, so they're familiar with speaking to the relevant local authorities and have set up a trading association. http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/
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  14. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    First one on the canal I reckon, there would be just too much traffic to do this back in the day. The Lee where they are now had heavy barges towed by tractors, clattering and bumping along the piled bankside. Before that horses or sailing barges.
  15. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    Have just found this thread looking for something else; it looks brlliant. As an old Londonder, I feel ashamed that I knew nothing about it!
    Doe anyone have any updates please, does it still exist, whats happening, where is it???
  16. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    Not much right now in the winter, but there'll be events once it warms up again. There are usually a handful of trading boats at broadway market. Will post back on the thread when it happens again.
  17. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    There is a cavalcade of boats up at little venice tomorrow.
    I also see the book boat went on tour as it were and the owners have now written a book of their own.
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  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  19. hash tag

    hash tag Pedicabo omnes

    No pics from next door at the hospital then :D
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