Just south of Tower Bridge there is a little piece of secret London – a hidden market. There are no signposts and there are few visual clues. Look closer and you will see a trail of people wandering away into small back roads that lead you towards Bermondsey and into a street market called Maltby Street. You will also recognize the happy faces of people who have sampled the delights of the market and are heading off elsewhere, charmed and satisfied.
As you walk into the market area, you are pleasantly hit with a whole host of aromas - delicious wafts of sweet waffles muddle with savoury bacon, fresh juices cutting through grilled cheese. It is sensory overload. The romantics among you will notice the gentle rise of smoke creating a souk-like atmosphere. It is definitely a place where you want to stop and eat. The smells and the sights make it difficult to choose but whatever it is, you are guaranteed something delicious and made with passion. If grabbing food on the go is not your thing, there are many places where you can sit down to have just a drink or a drink with food. Choose Little Bird, a great bar for a bloody good Bloody Mary’s or 42 Maltby Street, which serves up amazing seasonal delicacies and has a most unusual wine list. Both bars are relaxed, charming and tasty.
Ropewalk at Maltby Street is not large, in fact it is a mere slip of a girl compared with the nearby Grand Dame of markets, Borough. You could elbow your way through in five minutes but you will find most people taking their time with their eyes following their noses as they gently wend their way. If you are left hungry for more markets, either head back to Borough or see what is happening at Bermondsey Spa and nearby Druid Street.
The market has been here for only six years and has been incredibly successful. This little strip of stalls and under the arches eateries is still going strong. There is no publicity, no signposts; it is just powered by word of mouth.
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
As a tour guide and a lover of London, I will be writing a series of interesting stories about London; tales I have heard, places I have visited, tasty food I have eaten and delicious drinks I have enjoyed. Watch out for this every week or so.