East Street Market is located in South London – London Borough of Southwark to be exact. The summer of 2014 saw me spending some time in London with friends. Being British, I never tended to be a tourist in my own country – I decided to start to rectify that a little this time round and started out with a visit to East Street.
One of London’s oldest and busiest
Apparently there’s always been a market of some sort in this area since the 16th Century. Farmers used to bring their livestock to Walworth Common and sell them on. Nowadays you can buy anything from lingerie to fresh fruit, wigs and clothes.
The day I went, the heavens decided to open up on me (I hadn’t been lucky with the weather this visit to London). A raincoat was needed! I hunted down a great one, all for the grand total of…8 quid! (£8.00).
East Street Market is open every day except Monday’s – from 8am to 5pm, Saturday’s 8am to 6:30pm and Sunday’s 8am to 2pm. It’s a busy, eclectic place with people shopping for all sorts of reasons – and don’t forget the shops and cafe’s along the edge of the road too.
For a real taste of London life, I would suggest seeking out places like East Street Market – you won’t find many tourists there!
Tube line: Elephant and Castle
Buses that stop there: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 148, 171, 176, 343 & 468.