Sunday, 16 October 2011

Bermondsey Market, SE1

I admit I am obviously slow on the uptake as I knew nothing about how trendy Bermondsey is becoming. Why did no one tell me before! 

So when I took a trip simply to check out Bermondsey Market this Friday I was happily impressed by the casually hip area on Bermondsey Street. The newly opened White Cube Gallery is sure to bring other newbies, like myself, to this street packed full of classic architecture (that made me feel a bit Dickens-esque), independent shops (including the coolest pet shop) and sweet eateries (where I discovered Vietnamese baguettes - yum). 

And all that before I even got to the market...which was definitely a good sign. 
Bermondesy Market (officially New Caledonian Market) is a weekly antiques market placed right at the end of Bermondsey Street. The market opens at 5am for any early birds, but I headed for a more reasonable start and took a break from the rush hour to stroll up from London Bridge, which took about 15 mins. 
It boasts a great selection of antiques mainly Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian silverware, glassware, beautiful jewellery and various other fascinating pieces. Like this dainty vintage cash machine - who wouldn't want to open a cutesy little shop if you had one of these?
There were lots of real classic antiques finds at this market...
Plenty of vintage timepieces...
Fabulous crockery, ranging from the delicately designed...
To cool 70s plates...
There was even the occasional vintage robot thrown in for good measure!
I think I liked the frames and table itself more than these actual pictures...look at the colours...mmm

The last thing that really made this market for me was the location. Other than being perfectly placed at the end of one of my new fave streets, it is beautifully positioned in Bermondsey Square framed in old and new architecture. How lovely. Oh and the crisp autumnal morning may have helped a little...

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