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.
Bea’s Diner and My Cup of Tea
Bemoaning the lack of decent US-style breakfast spots in London, the team at Bea’s of Bloomsbury decided to set up this diner at arch 76 Druid Street. Seated on long benches, diners tuck into plates of thick American pancakes, french toast and poached eggs. As well as the Saturday morning café (9am-around 1.30pm), the team use the space for Thursday film screenings and other events.
A few doors up at arch 96, modern tea specialist My Cup of Tea sell a range of black, green and herbal teas in loose or bagged form including jasmine, Japanese matcha and Egyptian camomile.
Bea's Diner, 76 Druid St, SE1 2HQ. My Cup of Tea, 96 Druid St, SE1 2HQ.