Maltby Street, SE1
Discover the traders at London's latest food destination
During the summer of 2010, a quiet bubble of gastronomic intent was swelling under the railway arches in Bermondsey. This unlikely south-east London backwater quickly became a popular destination for a Saturday morning to early afternoon (9am-2pm-ish) wander with a bit of grocery shopping along the way. Two years on, many new traders have got involved, the recently developed Ropewalk has become a full-on street market, and some of the original bunch have moved down the road to Spa Terminus. Find out about the gastronomic delights that await beneath the arches.
Gergovie Wines is a small company selling artisan vino from more than a a score of small-scale producers in Italy, France and Slovenia, all of whom produce chemical- and fertiliser-free wines. After trading for a time at Maltby Street, Gergovie then set up their own wine bar under the arches, had a kitchen fitted and hired a few chefs. 40 Maltby Street now opens to the public three evenings and two daytimes a week, serving small plates of food alongside their wines, which are available at a £10 mark-up on wholesale prices, or by the glass.
40 Maltby Street, SE1 2DU (www.40maltbystreet.com).