Friend G lives in Brockley, a quiet little corner of South London which is rather lovely, filled with old terraced houses and nice parks – I think it’s where hipsters and young professionals move to when its time to grow up and buy a house. Brockley is great to walk around, but I like taking the East London line down to visit her on the occasional Saturday so we can head to the Brockley Market.
There’s nothing mind blowing about Brockley Market but they do have wonderful fruit and vege, and a secret close to many South Londoners’ hearts – an outstanding set of street food traders, my favourite being Mike and Ollie who do the best wraps I have ever had in my entire life. The wraps involve lots of spices, hummus, fresh vege and a choice of meat. I like the lamb wraps the best, but G has recently taken to the mackerel ones with freshly grated horseradish on top. When I visited back in December we went to the market specifically to have these wraps, but it’s a great little one none the less. Here’s some pictures:
That same weekend I also met my ladies for brunch at Pizza East so used the 12pm meet-up time to make a quick excursion to the Columbia Road Flower Market. It’s one of my favourite London markets but the crowds in summer always put me off going – it gets jam packed, don’t even attempt to go after 11:30am like I did… 9am is ideal. However, it is bright, the sellers are hilarious and there are plenty of good bargains to be found. Also – there are loads of amazing cafes and lovely independent shops selling all sorts of arts and crafts.
There’s nothing like spending a weekend checking out London’s unique markets and the communities around them. What’s your favourite?