Night Walk (between Bonner Gate and Gore Gate) Victoria Park, E2 9JW
This food market is a new arrival on the London scene, but is run by the experienced team behind Putney Market and takes place in the fantastic Victoria Park. The success of this kind of high quality food market really depends upon the local community, and the good folk of Hackney seem to have taken this event to their hearts with such a good turn out in the first few months that the opening times have been extended.
What draws the local punters is the great atmosphere and excellent food with organic fruit and veg, fresh quality breads and cakes, a good butchers and The Fresh Fish Shop selling all kinds of seasonal produce from a small dinghy. There are also several cheese merchants giving visitors a good choice of British and continental varieties. There are plenty of moorish deli ingredients such as olives, fresh pasta and a popular trader specialising in their own unique mushroom pate - with plenty of samples to allow you to try before you buy.
Not all the visitors to the market want to buy groceries and towards Bonner Gate there are a few street food stalls offering food from around the globe as well as seating so you can enjoy your meal and a good ice cream stall for something sweet. In addition there is a quality beer stall for those who fancy and early pint. The market’s location in Victoria Park is ideal for the dog deli stall that has all kinds of treats for your four legged friend
Victoria Park Market is a lot of fun and also really useful for the kind of clientele that now live around the park. Gentrification might be a bad thing for markets like Bethnal Green and East Street, but in this case it appears the making of this great little market!
this in a feature taken from our forthcoming book:
by Andrew Kershman