Greenwich Market guide
At Greenwich Market you'll find fruit and veg on Wednesday, antiques on Thursday and a mix of craft and fashion by hip new designers at the weekend. Handy for the scenic splendour of Greenwich Park, it's one of the most buzzing markets in London
Greenwich Market attracts an unlikely mix of tourists, organic-loving locals and hip south-east Londoners. If you’re nervous about leaving Zone 1 and think that the DLR may as well be a tractor (though it only takes 23 minutes from Bank), you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Look out for the sushi stall that’s neighbours with an old-fashioned typewriter kiosk, which in turn sits next to a stall featuring hot up-and-coming design talent. There are simple fruit-and-veg stalls on Wednesday, antiques on a Thursday and a selection box of crafty one-offs at the weekend. As any market trader will tell you, Greenwich has a unique vibe, vivaciously multicultural, historical and buzzing with creativity.
Greenwich’s top stalls
A stage of elaborate feathers, petite leather bows and oversized corsages: London College of Fashion graduate Sharon (a milliner for more than 20 years) scoured London to find this perfect spot. Using purely British textiles, her winter collection includes vintage-style masks, box clutch bags and cute ’20s headpieces. Prices start from £8.
Use the middle entrance to the market and turn left.
Within a month of launching her stall, the Laura in question was spotted by a fashion magazine and ‘it all got a bit mental’. She trained in graphic design, and her pieces are endearing, original and gorgeously throw-on. Taking vintage cashmere and soft angora knits, she reworks them with simple printed statements such as ‘Si Vous Plais’ or ‘I Should Coco’.
Tim Burton-esque creatures peek out at you with misshapen eyes from this unusual toy stall. It sells puffy creatures and kitsch soft toys based on Chinese cartoons and made from twisted socks and odd haberdashery pieces. It’s three rows back from The Coach and Horses pub.
For the ultimate out-of-city experience, Rhodes Bakery will prepare a luxurious picnic basket bulging with goodies. Starts at £27 for two (but could easily feed four) and includes reusable napkins, tablecloth and cutlery.
Rhodes Bakery, 37 King William Walk, SE10 9HU (8858 8995/www.rhodesbakery.co.uk). 7am-7pm daily.
Things to avoid
Paying £7 for a card-like sandwich – there’s enough independent quirk to avoid doing it Leicester Square-style.
Temptingly quaint old tearooms mix with ye olde English pubs, but for somewhere distinctly Greenwich try Biscuit. An organic café that allows you craft your own ceramic masterpiece.
Biscuit, 3-4 Nelson Rd, SE10 9JB (8853 8588/www.biscuit-biscuit.com). 10am-5.30pm Mon-Thur; 10am-6.30pm Fri, Sat; 10am-6pm Sun.
Greenwich Market (www.shopgreenwich.co.uk). Greenwich Rail/DLR or Cutty Sark DLR. 11am-6pm Wed; 10am-5.30pm Thur-Sun.
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Does anyone have a contact number for the Tea & Coffee stall ? Bought Amaretto Coffee from this guy for years,best I've ever bought,now living overseas and would like to ask if I can get some posted out.Can anyone help ? Laura ? (Laura 15/10/10)
hi, i live in brixton how exactly can i get to Greenwich market? whats the road name that its on??? tnx.
How can you mention Greenwich Market and miss out the tea and coffee stall?! Fantastic coffee and tea in every variety and flavour you could want (try the rooibos chai), and they even grind the coffee while you wait to ensure you get it freshly ground. Not the cheapest but the quality is great and it's well worth it.
Don't bother with the DLR. Greenwich is 8 minutes and only two stops on the overland from London Bridge. Try and find time for the shops and pubs on Royal Hill too.....delightful.
Had super (and super hot!) beef chilli from the Thai stall today and my first ever Brazilian doughnut. The lovely lady running the stall explained how they are traditionally served in Brazil. Heading back to the market next week to start Christmas gift hunting - I've pledged to do the majority of my Christmas shopping there this year. Digging the shop local vibe!
The market is great but does get packed! Take the overland from Charing Cross/London Bridge, it's quicker than the DLR or the boat from the pier next to the London Eye (much cheaper than the tourist boats and due to be oysterised shortly). Avoid Paul Rhodes as unfortunately the French service is a little snobish, shame as the coffee is superb. Skip breakfast and have lunch in the Cutty Sark pub past two other pubs on the riverside with amazing views of the city and river and lovely ales.
Great little market!! In one wonderful afternoon you can see the entire market and visit the beautiful little shops next door. Vindors are very nice and friendly. The stalls are tidy and cute. Range from handmade jewelry and clothing, vintage, foods, plant seeds, antiques, photography, wood works, portraits and artworks and more! Such a fun time. (Not packed like Portabello Road, nor are the vendors cranky!)