The best weekend food markets
While Broadway Market is clogged with whippet-walkers, busking indie bands and buggies, Netil Market (just a gourmet loaf's throw away) is an altogether more sedate affair. On top of 15 permanent shops - including a florist, a barbershop, a jewellers and plenty of street food vendors - there's around 15 additional market stalls every Saturday. These offer a microcosm of Broadway Market with food, crafts and bric-a-brac. It’s the brainchild of a local creative community based nearby at Netil House which has focused on giving space to local designers.
Venn Street was pedestrianised by Lambeth Council in 2012 in a conscious effort to gentrify this corner of Clapham, and the weekly market is now open every Saturday 10am-4pm. Traders include Perry Court Farm for fresh produce, Dorset-based Portland Scallop Co. for fish and shellfish caught by day boats, and Une Normande à Londres for French cheeses and charcuterie. There are also several places to choose from for brunch, lunch or a drink and a snack. Venn Street makes an admirable effort to engage with the local community by supporting school events and projects.
The best weekday food markets
The slick London studio belonging to the British design company Alfie Douglas. Amongst the minimalist decor, collection of thriving ferns and busy craftsmen, members of the public can browse the collection of bags. Given the elegance of the workspace, it's unsurprising that Alfie Douglas's designs are sleek and simple, no doubt wooing fans of Cos. Bags on offer feature satchels, handbags and rucksacks, plus a few accessories to boot. Occasionally the studio will open at weekends, when there are events such as London Fashion Week or for sample sales. See their website for further details.
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