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.
Also on Druid Street, arch 104 houses a warehouse collective, where you can find the only warming snack in the area – hot Staffordshire oatcakes with finely chopped red onion and Leicestershire cheese from Käse Swiss, who peddle Swiss cheeses. You can also pick up some fine organic duck eggs and bio-dynamic meats from Jacob's Ladder Farms.
Topolski specialises in Polish produce, from kielbasa (smoked pork sausages) to proper pickled cucumbers, horseradish and cowberry sauce. Don't forget to taste the offerings at Boerenkaas, who do a great range of Dutch cheese; their cumin gouda is well-spiced and sensational.
104 Druid Street, SE1 2DU.