Pop Up Vintage

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Andrew Kershman

Assembly Hall, Forest Road, London E17 4JF
with jazz & blues singer Miss Jones,
and the bar will be open!
Opens 12-5pm
Twitter/Instagram: @Pop_Up_Vintage

Pop Up Vintage Fairs London was founded by fashion enthusiast
Maxine Stonehill in 2011 and was voted ‘Best London Vintage
Fair’ for three consecutive years in the Vintage Guide to London
Awards. They have since won a place in the hearts of London’s
vintage hunters. ‘Pop Up’ is an appropriate name, as the fairs takes
place about once a month at a number of grand venues across
the city including Wilton’s Music Hall, St Stephen’s Hampstead,
Alexandra Palace and tomorrow at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall.

The great thing about the Alexandra Palace event is that it runs
alongside a large antiques and collectables fair in the vast Great
Hall. There’s a different vibe to the two fairs with the fashionable
Pop Up crowd rubbing shoulders with antique enthusiasts looking
for anything from train memorabilia to antique clocks. Of course
there’s some cross over with Pop Up Vintage Fairs’ traders selling
everything from vintage fashion to mid-century retro homeware so
there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Visiting the latest event on Saturday your sure to have a great time and find some of the best vintage traders and the kind of glamorous customers that seem to be a walking advertisement for the retro lifestyle.

This is adapted from Metro Publications' latest book:
London's Markets - Out now!

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Posted on April 11, 2018 by Andrew Kershman
Twitter: markymarket

Mark White had a career in advertising before he found his niche as Markymarket, visiting Smithfield and Billingsgate markets before dawn so you don’t have to and often delivering fresh produce direct to your door.  He fell into this line of work selling sausages to a friend and found that using his modern technology and a willingness to get up in the middle of the night to source the best produce, he had a fledgling business.  

‘It’s weird that my business is so traditional (going to market, buying stuff, selling it) and yet dependent on all kinds of modern technology.  I couldn’t do this without my mobile, Zipcar and Twitter, they keep my overheads down so I’m still very competitive’.

Mark started his unconventional business back in 2012 and he now has a regular clientele of pop-ups, private chefs, restaurants and enthusiastic amateur cooks, who have come to depend on him for the best meat and fish to be found in the Capital.  It’s not a job that many people could handle.  Mark gets up at one in the morning to be at Smithfield for 2am to source the freshest meat and the best cuts.  Over the years he now knows where to go for the best sausages and who has the tastiest Welsh lamb.

‘At first it was difficult, there’s a real culture here and it’s not easy to get accepted.  A lot of the traders thought I was a bit mad and didn’t think I would last, but I’ve stuck at it and people know me and trust me and will often let me know if they’ve got something quality.  That feels good, when you’re accepted.’

Mark goes around checking off his list of orders as he becomes increasingly weighed down with his bloody produce.  By 2.30 his car is loaded with all his purchases and he’s off to Billingsgate, driving through dark quiet streets that within a few hours will be jammed with traffic:

‘It’s fantastic driving around at this time of the night, you feel like you own the city.  It’s important to get the Billingsgate before they officially open at 4am.  You can do all your orders and get the freshest stuff, but can’t pay until after the official opening of the market.  It’s a bit of a fuss, but its the only way you can get the best produce’.

Walking around Billingsgate with Mark it’s clear he knows what to look for and where to go to finish his orders with as little hassle as possible.

‘Not all the traders are the same.  Some are good for crabs and shellfish, others have great salmon or more unusual catches.  It’s a matter of knowing what to look for and what to avoid.’

With clinical precision Mark is finished and loaded up within 20 minutes of the Billingsgate bell sounding for the start of business and he’s then on his rounds, delivering to his customers around London before making his way home.  Some of his regulars are up in the morning to receive their orders but in a lot of cases they’re tucked up in bed while he quietly leaves their order in an agreed hiding place, like a culinary Santa.

Once finished with the Zipcar, Mark goes around London with his other orders on public transport, delivering to offices and homes around the city and by midday he’s usually back at his Soho office - the Star and Garter Pub.  It’s here that he meets other customers and arranges to sell any excess produce using Twitter.  It’s also here that Mark meets his mate James Painter, who supplies him with truffles that he delivers to Michelin star restaurants around the capital.

‘This life isn’t for everyone, but I love it.  Meeting people doing deals and getting great value and quality for people who really love food.  If I don’t do my job right, I don’t survive, so I’ve got to make sure my customers are happy with what I do and the food they get from me.  Touch wood it’s working out well at the moment’.

It’s great to see how one man’s love of London and its wholesale markets has given rise to this innovative little business.  If you want to find out more about Mark and place an order, take a look at his website or follow him on Twitter.  He’s a great contact and an invaluable resource for London’s professional cooks and amateur foodies.

Andrew Kershman's forthcoming book:
London's Markets
is out in the summer


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Crystal Palace Food Market

Posted on April 07, 2018 by Andrew Kershman

Haynes Lane, SE19 3AP
Twitter: @CPFoodMarket
Overground: Gypsy Hill or Crystal Palace
Saturday 10am-3pm
Tucked away in a dilapidated group of courtyards off Westow Street and behind the large Sainsbury’s, this food market is well worth seeking out.  The Saturday market is part of the Transition Town movement and shares its ethos of supplying locally sourced and ethically produced food with most produce coming from Sussex and Kent and some even grown or produced in Crystal Palace through it's patchwork of community growing spaces.

The market might not be huge, but among the around 30 stalls you can find top quality meat from Gill Wing Farm, artisan cheeses, delicious cakes and pastries, an incredible range of fish from Sussex fishermen Veasey & Sons and fresh organic seasonal produce from Wild Country Organics, Brambletye Orchards and Brockmans farm.    In addition there are rotating olive and preserve stalls including flavourful and spicy sauces from London based Chilli Bros and homemade chutneys from Creative Allsorts.  You can also taste and buy naturally produced wines, coffee roasted in London, gluten free treats, raw organic dairy, locally smoked meats and fish as well as lunches from a host of street food stalls.

    As if this wasn’t enough the market has its own little shop, The Store Cupboard, a no waste refill shop offering a wide range of food staples, alongside another little shop, Roots and Cycles, who offer eco cleaning refills and organic beauty products as well as upcycled items.  There are also a few arts and crafts traders setting up here offering an interesting choice of locals made original textiles and things for the home.  The picture framer and art seller is also a permanent feature of the market and well worth checking out.

A great food market with a real community spirit, it shares the site with the equally interesting second-hand and vintage Haynes Lane Market (see page xx), which only adds to the appeal of the place.

This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
London's Markets
by Andrew Kershman

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Partridges Food Market

Posted on April 06, 2018 by Andrew Kershman

Due of York Square, Chelsea, SW3 4LY
Twitter: @partridgesfoods
Sat 10am-4pm

Started by the eponymous grocery store in 2005 with just 15 stalls, Partridge’s Food Market has gone from strength to strength and now has 70 quality food stalls setting up in this smart Chelsea square every Saturday.  The market is a great mix of food to take home and cook and street food offering all kinds of freshly prepared dishes to eat on the go. For grocery shopping there are some excellent butchers, a seasonal fruit and veg stall along with delicious breads, prepared meats, olives and deli dishes, fresh pasta as well as cakes and cheeses.  If you can’t find all that you need there is always Partridges just next to the market.

The street food here is incredibly varied with oysters freshly prepared for a pound each making a great starter to your journey through the market. Among the treats here are delicious fish burgers, substantial Greek wraps and sushi which you can see being prepared as well as substantial organic burgers prepared by the butchers who supply the meat.
The energy of this market is really infectious and the foodies here are always willing to dispense advice, cooking suggestions or simply talk about the provenance of their produce.  There are a few places to sit and enjoy your food, but most people choose to amble among the stalls while enjoying the dish of their choice.

Just behind the market is the Saatchi Gallery which is dedicated to modern art and has a busy programme of exhibitions which are always worth exploring.

This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
London's Markets
by Andrew Kershman

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Horniman Farmers' Market

Posted on April 05, 2018 by Andrew Kershman

Bandstand Terrace, Horniman Museum Gardens,
100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
Twitter: @HornimanFarmers
Every Saturday 9am – 1.30pm

The Horniman Museum is one of London’s most interesting venues with a fascinating Anthropological archive and collection of musical instruments.  On Saturday’s the garden of the museum transforms itself into a very different anthropological experiment as the foodies Southeast London congregate to source delicious essentials directly from independent and local producers.
It’s a great location and now attracts stalls selling seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisan organic bread, cakes, cheese, pies, scotch eggs, freshly squeezed juices, herbal infusions, organic meat, salads and herbs. On intermittent weeks you will also find free-range salami and handcrafted, ethical chocolates plus other guest stalls selling craft beer, preserves, kimchi and plants. There are also some street food stalls offering  anything from falafel to crepes – the surrounding gardens are a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic.

This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
London's Markets
by Andrew Kershman

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Borough Market

Posted on April 04, 2018 by Andrew Kershman

Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
Twitter: @boroughmarket
Insta: boroughmarket
Tube: London Bridge (Northern and Jubilee)
Open: Mon-Tues 10am-5pm (partially open), Wed-Thurs 10am-5pm, Friday till 6pm and Sat 8am-5pm (full market)

It is hard to believe that back in 1994, Borough was a wholesale fruit and vegetable market where members of the public seldom set foot as the restaurateurs and caterers went about their business.  Since then the market has undergone an incredible transformation, becoming one of Europe’s leading food markets with thousands of visitors each day and many fashionable restaurants, cafés and specialist food outlets with Monmouth Coffee Company and the Neal’s Yard Dairy establishing themselves in the narrow roads around the old market.  The transformation began with just a few stalls offering quality food at the weekend.  Pioneers such as the wild boar farmer Peter Gott struggled as the market found its feet but soon persuaded others to join them as the venture acquired momentum.  In the years that followed, the trustees of the market developed and improved the site with the help of architects Greig + Stephenson while still preserving the Art Deco exterior on Borough High Street and the 19th century wrought iron structure of the wholesale market.  The changes included the expansion of the market into a canopied area between Bedale Street and Southward Cathedral – enabling over 100 additional food stalls to do business here.


   Borough has flourished into a remarkably vibrant food market with all kinds of retailers selling fresh food from around the globe.  Here you can find meat sold direct from a single producer such as Rhug Estate Farm, as well as butchers like Ginger Pig selling high quality meat sourced from a number of farms.  The cheese stalls are equally varied with Kappacasein Dairy offering their own London produced cheeses and yoghurt while the established Une Normande a Londres French delicatessen sell all kinds of cheeses, sausages and other produce.  The fruit and vegetables are also exceptional with commercial greengrocers selling produce from around the world alongside specialist stalls.  At a supermarket you might be lucky to find two or three kinds of mushroom, but at Borough there are over 20 types of fungi available from dried Ceps to the gigantic Puffball. Fishmongers are rarely found at most markets these days, but here there are several elaborate stalls selling anything from sea urchins and eel to more familiar staples like cod and salmon.  Breads and patisserie are another of Borough’s strengths with big names such as Bread Ahead, Karaway Bakery and Olivier’s Bakery all regulars at the market.


 The wine and beer traders include the renowned Borough Wines and Utobeer which offers over 600 different beers from around the world.  Other traders just sell their own product including New Forest Cider.  The one thing all these dealers have in common is the use of small tasters, which is the ideal opportunity to try before you buy.

    The atmosphere at Borough Market is infectious with crowds milling from stall to stall, many people sampling the food and chatting with the stallholders.  It’s now the unrivalled food market of the capital and one that appears to be going from strength to strength.  It now produces its own magazine – Market Life – with features and recipes inspired by the market and its traders.  Visitors should also look out for the Market Hall where there is seating to enjoy your food and regular cookery demonstrations by well known chefs.  A great way to round off a visit to this incredible Mecca to food.

Eating and Drinking
In a market dedicated to food there are countless opportunities to indulge your tastebuds with the canopied market adjacent to Southwark Cathedral the best place for street food with anything from Koshari St, offering delicious Egyptian vegan dishes, to substantial meaty sandwiches from long established Borough Market favourites, Roast Hog.  If you want to sit down and eat, there are plenty of great restaurants and cafés in and around the market with Monmouth Coffee Company on Stoney Street one of the best for coffee. Maria’s Café in the heart of the market is a great place to enjoy traditional British grub and watch the world go by.

There are all kinds of things to enjoy in the area with Tate Modern just a 10 minutes walk from here.  On Saturdays you should make an effort to visit the fabulous Flea @ Flat Iron Sq.

This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
London's Markets
by Andrew Kershman

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North Cross Road

Posted on April 03, 2018 by Andrew Kershman

North Cross Rd (from Lordship Lane to Fellbrigg Rd), SE22 9ET
Rail: East Dulwich
Open: Saturdays 10am-5pm

There’s been a market on North Cross Road for years, but it has experienced its ups and downs over that time and has survived by adapting to the now prosperous neighbourhood – good bye cheap fruit and veg, hello hand-made pouffe.  The longest serving stall on the market belongs to fishmonger, Jeff Bowman, who has been selling top quality fresh fish here for over 35 years and has witnessed the transformation.  Jeff trades on the corner of Lordship Lane from Thursday, but he only has company on Saturdays, when another 20 stalls line the street offering anything from reconditioned furniture to farm fresh eggs.

The market now has a regular following among the denizens of Dulwich, drawn here by the appealing mix of the practical, the unusual and the beautiful.  The egg stall is always here offering a selection of free range eggs and unusual things like Duck eggs that you don’t get in the supermarket.  It’s not unusual to have a plant stall at a market, but the regular one here is run by Cade Street Nursery and sells plants that are incredibly lush and healthy.  If your looking for a gift or just to treat yourself there are lots of options, from scented candles by Aequill to jewellery from long established trader Lisa E Moss.  Further down the market there’s a mix of vintage and second-hand stalls and three wonderful crafts people – Alice King and her hand-made ceramics, Kate Diamond and her own range of T-shirts using her designs and the aforementioned pouffes which are expensive, but truly things of beauty.  If you’ve come on your bike, don’t forget the  repair stall at the Lordship Lane end of the market which offers great value services and repairs.

There are quite a few food stalls here offering things like hand-made chocolates and artisan breads, but the majority of food is to eat on the go rather than take home with various options including Burritos and substantial Hogg roast sandwiches.

North Cross Road has a great atmosphere and it’s clear that the traders and customers really value the place.  There are plans to extend the number of stalls and pedestrianise more of the street on Saturdays – a sign that this market is still looking to the future.

Eat & Drink
There are a few good cafés along the North Cross Road including Bonne Bouffe at number 49 and further up at number 18 the Blue Mountain Café.  The Palmerston (on the corner with Lordship Lane) serves a good pint and has a great menu.

The fabulous independent bookshop, Rye Books, has relocated to 47 North Cross Road and not only offers a great selection of books but also has a great little coffee shop. Further afield, The Horniman Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery are both just a bus ride away and are well worth exploring.

This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
London's Markets
by Andrew Kershman


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