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Druid Street Market – not so hidden treasure of London

Saturday morning trip to Druid Street Market

If you are a foodie like me, I have no doubt you would be as excited as I am about discovering a new street food market in our beautiful, vibrant capital city! What could be better than a slow leisurely stroll on a Saturday morning amongst the market stalls and shops laden with a variety of exotic, aromatic, multi-coloured food, from artisan breads, oysters, hand churned butter, cheeses, fresh meats or charcuterie, vegetables to tea and doughnuts? You get to have a friendly chat with the vendors who are passionate about the food they produce and sell… You could to Druid Street market to get all that!

I have been waiting patiently for this Saturday, quietly hoping that the dizziness would not prevent me from going out (and I was feeling ok!), so this morning me and Simon have ventured out despite the windy and grey weather outside. Luckily, Druid Street is not that far for us to get to (roughly an hour door to door), I’d say it is even closer than the wildly popular Borough Market in Southwark which we love going to occasionally. We had to go across the water (the mighty river Thames, that is) and I could not resist taking a quick snap of the beautiful Tower Bridge on the way.

Tower bridge surrounded by the grey clouds

Tower bridge surrounded by the grey clouds

Druid Street market is very small (at least it was this morning), it’s within 5 minutes walk from the Tower Bridge. The market has started relatively recently (only in July last year), though I am surprised that I have not heard about it before.

Druid Street market stalls with The Shard towering above them

Druid Street market stalls with The Shard towering above them

St John Bakery’s produce on display with the long queue of people mostly buying custard doughnuts.

 

Bread of St John bakery

Bread of St John bakery

There are quite a few microbreweries there too if you are into craft beers or ales!

The Bottle Shop

The Bottle Shop

A variety of unique flavoured jams: despite having quite a lot of jam at home, I could not resist the raspberry, cherry and dark chocolate jam – it is so good, so delicious! Michael’s website is myjamjams.com, in case you are interested.

Michael from Devon makes jams with unique flavours in his Bermondsey kitchen

Michael from Devon makes jams with unique flavours in his Bermondsey kitchen

And here is the catalyst for my visit to the Druid Street market: the unique sourdough bread baked by Richard Snapes – I have supported Richard’s startup project on Kickstarter (please see my post about it here). I really wanted to try this gorgeous bread and have a chat with the master baker himself.

The Snapery - awesome sourdough artisan bread lovingly made by Richard Snape

The Snapery – some awesome sourdough artisan bread lovingly made by Richard Snapes

There were a few nice shops and eateries in Druid street, housed in the arches under the railway lines: L’Emporio Fine Foods is one of them, then there is Monty’s Deli if you are after a tasty pastrami sandwich or a Reuben with the sauerkraut or a gherkin, a proper butcher shop with a long heritage – O’Shea’s Butchers.

 

And this is what we brought home and have been nibbling on the whole afternoon – it is seriously good!

The Snapery sourdough bread

The Snapery sourdough bread

Both me and Simon were so glad to have discovered this new cute little market, we will sure be back there again sometime. We did get a little bit wet (it kept spitting with rain pretty much all day) but it did not dampen our spirits!

Druid Street Market runs every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. There is a great review of Druid Street Market on London Street Foodie website.

Do you have any favourite street food markets in London?

 

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