Floating Market in Mile End Park

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Mile End Park

Until Thu Aug 16 2012

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courtesy Floating Market

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Stumbled across this last night after heading for that house of jovial ill repute, the Palm Tree, which is just adjacent, for a pint or three. As it happens, the joint was jumping and the food was festive. The new restaurant barge (two shoved together actually) only arrived the day before and was serving veggie Thai noodles, chili con carne and crumble for pud, which made a substantial meal for well under a tenner. And what a treat to sit on a bobbing barge watching the world tramp past, the ubiquitous joggers whizz by and listen to the funky ska-rock from the barge next door. Wish I could have stayed longer, but I hadn't got my bike lights with me so had to beat a hasty retreat before darkness fell. There was a real vibe to this place though, and I wish it would last all summer.


Stumbled across the floating market whilst riding my bike on a Friday evening. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, al fresco drinking with free barges providing free entertainment. 10 - 15 barges vending anything from food to alternative medicine, library to a sweet shop. My advice is the weather permits, take a bottle of wine and unwind in the hippie atmosphere.


Very disappointing. Took a special trip to this market with my mum to find only three barges in total. On was selling prints, one hats and another was a floating salon. There was no atmosphere at all. Perhaps it is a different story at the weekend, but I would most certainly avoid it in the week.


A beautiful market with wonderful friendly people, fantastic atmosphere and especially good bratwurst. Curl up in a rubber ring and drink a cider listening to live music - a perfect day.