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.
Tayshaw Ltd and St John Bakery
The venerable Tayshaw greengrocer is housed in arch 60 on Druid Street, and impresses with its abundant range of fresh fruit and vegetables, fungi, herbs and pantry goods (including Asian and Oriental cupboard essentials).
In arch 72, the St John Bakery is where all the loaves are baked for St John and St John Bread & Wine. It is also a significant street trader, bringing oven-hot loaves to the trestle table at the front of its cavernous space. Their light, creamy custard-filled doughnuts and buttery eccles cakes are the items to make a bee-line for – get there early to have your fill.
Tayshaw Ltd, 60 Druid St, SE1 2DU. St John's Bakery, 72 Druid St, SE1 2DU.