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.
Floating Market in Mile End Park
Mile End Park
Until Thu Aug 16 2012
courtesy Floating Market
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Jul 18 2012
Mile End Park may not be able to rival the scenery of South East Asia but it can still host a colourful floating market, featuring instead of small wooden vessels on the klongs an array of barges and narrowboats on the Regent's Canal. Goods ranging from books and hats to vintage frocks and handicrafts will be for sale from floating emporia such as Frocks A Float and Chapeau Bateau, with lots of food on offer including barbecued Bratwürste from the Marilyn and a changing menu of snacks from the Sandwich Barge. Between August 20 and September 9, the market moves to Little Venice.
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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.