A south-east London market that sells quite possibly everything.
Not to be confused with nearby regenerated commercial hub Deptford Market Yard, Deptford Market is as traditional as they come. Dubbed by social researcher Charles Booth in the 1890s as ‘the Oxford Street of south London’, this market might no longer see the high footfall of the past, but in the face of staunch competition from pricier farmers’ markets and the rise of online retailers, it’s managed to thrive.
The market, which operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-5.30pm, spans Deptford High Street, Douglas Way and the junction with Griffin Way. Deptford High Street is where you’ll find fresh fish, fruit and veg, multi-cultural foods, fabrics and assorted bits-and-bobs. Meanwhile, Douglas Way is a treasure trove of bric-à-brac, both new and old. It’s worth popping down before midday, as many traders pack up after lunch. Alim Kheraj
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|Venue name:||Deptford Market|
Deptford High Street
|Opening hours:||Wed, Fri-Sat: 9am-5:30pm|
|Transport:||Rail: New Cross|
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One of London's last proper fleamarkets, Deptford Market is as much theatre as actual selling, with the Captain Bird's Eye-like Pete holding court at one end and a mish-mash of genuine bargains, kitschy tat and good old-fashioned rubbish swirling around. There are gems here (most of the stuff is from house clearances, so inevitably the odd knick-knack or stash of photos creeps in), but don't go expecting amazing mid-century modern gold. Just go on spec, and to experience it.
Ask and the market will provide - you can always find the thing you are looking for as well as extra little gems. The characters and the food stands make it a really fun day out.
I stroll through here every Saturday morning and am amazed by the levels of junk and tat people are trying to sell. If you want an old, downtrodden travel cot or some half empty (half full?) bottles of booze then this is the place to visit. Junk and more junk!
The Deptford high street part of the market has some lovely stallholders that have been there for donkeys years. OK the variety of goods isn't great but it's still worth a stroll. Deptford has a wonderful maritime history which needs to be highlighted. Now the anchor has been removed this at least stops the 'drunks' hanging off of it so visually aids the market. Of course the whole street is undergoing road construction so they are trying. Unfortunately there is a downside & that's the section outside the Albany Theatre... it's like a Zombie free for all that drags the whole place down. In conclusion, give it a try and make your own mind up... it's many things but not pretentious.
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