As lovely as they once were, markets like Notting Hill, Camden and Borough are now heaving with tourists and Londoners on the weekends. And I'm sorry to say, to me those are what a market in hell would look like.
Recently I read about a market on Maltby Street. Or rather under the arches of the train tracks on Rope Walk and Druid street and a bit further down around Spa street. The article was raving about it so I decided to check it out today. And the article was right.
It's easy to get to and a pleasant walk from London Bridge train and tube station, not far from trendy Bermondsey street.
It's not a huge market, but the food is just as top quality as on Borough Market and Maltby Market definitely feels more intimate and less crowded. In fact some of the vendors that I know from Borough Market like Monmouth, Neal's Yard Dairy and Boerenkaas have set up shop here as well. Most stalls are situated under the arches but there are also some vendors who cleverly sell their goods from the back of their van.
Walking back to my bus stop, I passed by the entrance of Borough Market where I could see throngs of people queuing for a pork sandwich. I couldn't help but feeling very smug about my stress free Maltby Street Market experience.
Find more info on http://www.maltbystreet.com/