Flea @ Flat Iron Square

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Andrew Kershman

Entrances on : 53 Southwark Street,
64 Union Street,
85 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 1RU

Tube: Borough
Open: Sunday 10am-5pm


Flat Iron Square Flea Market is a new addition to London's market scene having opened its doors to the public for the first time in the autumn of 2016.  It may be a fresh faced arrival, but it has the feel of a market that has been here for years and is a real throw back to the kind of friendly, great value second-hand market that looked threatened by London's property boom.

Flea markets have always thrived in undeveloped land and Flat Iron is not exception, taking place on a rough square of land that during the week serves as a car park. It is here that about thirty traders set up, offering a mixed bag of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac, furniture and even a few designer makers selling things like unique cotton socks and toiletries.

One of the regulars here is Dinos, who has one of the largest pitches selling an assortment of renovated metal cabinets, second-hand clothing and other things for the home.  He loves the market and was one of the first to start trading here:

' I'm really just an enthusiastic amateur.  I collect stuff and so have to sell stuff to make room.  The people are really friendly and I've got a lot of friends among the other traders.  Business is sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but I always enjoy myself and that's what keeps me coming back...'

Relaxing in his hanging wicker chair and sipping from a small glass of whiskey he's been given, it's obvious that Dinos is enjoying the experience.  

Just a few pitches away from Dinos is Paul who is a natty model for his collection of retro men's clothing including some very fine tweed jackets for as little as £20, some great vintage cufflinks and even a number of old radios and record players.  

Once you've had enough shopping, walk through to the railway arches where there are a number of permanent restaurants with outdoor seating as well as a few street food traders offering all kinds of delicious grub from fresh pizza to Thai curry.

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