i dont know why, but every time i plan to go to broadway market, it rains – without fail. debra had never been before, so we braved the showers last week, popping into all the shops and standing under the numerous awnings. in fact, we bumped into a local who advised that the market is more manageable in the rain, less crowded and queues, as its got so popular.
i still loved the 1930’s tiles of F.Cooke’s original pie and mash cafe – its beautiful interior still intact and kept up to perfection – i loved everything about it, the tiles, the benches, the way the napkins were displayed – but as the owner said, people like myself dont eat pie and mash and eels – we all go for the cupcakes and the other delicacies on offer! its a shame, because places like this ought to remain in areas like this, but they only survive if we go in and support them – so i guess i need to start eating some jellied eels.
walking along we passed rebel rebel florists – a lovely selection of flowers – i think its one of my favourite florists in london, lucky bird – a lovely stall selling foil pressed cards and other stationary items, alice gabb with her collection of paper goods all beautifully displayed, andrea garland with her selection of cosmetics – some decanted in vintage compacts, which would make a great gift for the girl who has everything, delicious hand smoked salmon by hansen and lydersen and the most beautiful decorated cup cakes by violet. these interesting stalls were dotted amongst the various food stalls. sadly the haberdashery shop has gone – its what happens in london, things come and go very quickly. also, some of the stalls change from week to week, this week we bought some lovely african woven baskets – perfect for storing socks, scarves, or i use as a wastepaper basket. i absolutely love donion books with its interesting array of foreign, art, vintage and design books – great for gifts, as there are so many books that i have never seen anywhere before. of course, there are still lots of practical food shops- fin and flounder – just what every high street needs – with its lovely interior it really draws you in to buy some fish for dinner and a classic butcher.
we stopped for coffee break in Climpson and Sons and ate some lovely indian street food too – broadway market has a lot more food stalls for take away food rather than produce. stella blunt is a cute vintage shop selling furniture and accesories – retro glasses, metal letter stencils, chairs… so all in all its a good morning out for a saturday and you can bring home lots of good food to cook – a lot of the same stalls from borough market are also at broadway market.
dont forget to pop into the school yard market, a little extension of broadway market, with more choices of great food and vintage.
i dont look at all the you tube links that people send me, but you will love this one about street markets – narrated by sid james its a perfect end to get you into the swing of all the street markets around london.
dont forget to pop into the dog & wardrobe – just along the canal, a workshop of retro furniture for sale, including lamps, school chairs and old desks.
love the shop window of cooke’s pie and mash