KEEPING IT LOCAL

Don’t you just love it when you buy, eat or drink something original and made in y our neighbourhood? Here’s our round-up of local markets and producers you simply have to sample, from beer to honey and cakes to candles, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Words: Georgina Blaskey.

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wearebrixtonvillage.london

When: Monday 8am-6pm; Tuesday-Sunday 8am-11.30pm

Where: Brixton Market, Electric Avenue SW9 8JX; Market Row and Village, 10-11 Coldharbour Lane SW9

Who: There are 83 businesses in Brixton Village and 45 in Market Row, of all shapes and sizes. From wigs to pigs’ trotters, 486 types of fish to 300 kinds of African prints, there really is something for everyone. Fresh food, fresh produce, beauty, grooming, jewellery, clothing, household, art and music, the hub and variety of businesses and food spots here is eclectic and unique. It’s been the launch pad of many a famous name – Honest Burgers and Franco Manca both started here – and look out for Senzala Creperie, Cornercopia homestore, Woowoo boutique, Curry Ono and Bukowski’s Charcoal Grill to name a few.


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lfm.org.uk/markets/balham

When: Every Saturday 9am-1pm

Where: Henry Cavendish Primary School, Hydethorpe Road, Balham, SW12 0JA

Who: Balham Farmers’ Market is just a short walk east of Balham High Road. Fruit, juices, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, honey, breads and much more are available from suppliers such as Laycroft (voted favourite stall of 2016), Batch Farm Cheesemakers, Ellie’s Dairy, Levain Bakery, The Tomato Stall, Happy Bees and Fiveways Fruit Farm. There are also hot food stalls to keep you satisfied through lunchtime – Mr NVN swears by their hot sausage rolls.


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vennstreetmarket.co.uk

When: Every Saturday 10am-4pm

Where: Venn Street, Clapham Common, SW4

What: This local community food market works directly with farmers and small independent producers, enabling customers to meet face-to-face with the growers and makers each week. With a strong ethos of ensuring high quality and fair prices, the market guarantees all goods are locally sourced and seasonal. Ted’s Veg and Perry Court Farm have veg a-plenty, The Portland Scallop Co have boat loads of fish, there’s bread from Olivier’s Bakery, cheese from Borough Cheese Co, Påté Moi from Suffolk, Bad Brownie for chocoholics, and hot food from Flippin’ Nell, Iberico Jack, Kusina Nova and the Livery Cheesesteak Co.


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tootingmarket.com

When: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm; Friday- Saturday 8am-10:30pm; Sunday 9am-5pm.

Where: 21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SN

6The indoor market on Tooting High Street has enjoyed a revival recently, with new traders taking up residence in stalls and pop-ups. It’s south London’s largest indoor market, but rather than feeling old and tired, it’s now also home to trendy bars, boutiques and restaurants, with frequent live music, craft workshops and performances adding to the lively atmosphere. Popular stalls include Harry’s Chocolate Emporium (harrysemporium.co.uk), Nuff Naturals toiletries (nuffnaturals.com), Unwind wine bar, kitchen and shop (agrapenightin.co.uk), Love Art shop and studio (loveartclasses.com) and Nuvola Bakery (nuvolabakery.com), giving The Hummingbird a run for its money. Nuvola explains the market’s appeal: “I adore Tooting Market. I love the fact that this is still a diverse and varied community both from what’s on offer and from a customer perspective. Having a shop inside the market makes my work much more interesting; there’s never a dull moment.”


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finefoodmarkets.co.uk/wandsworth-town-food-market

When: Every Saturday 10am-3pm

Where: Outside Wandsworth Town Station, 332 Old York Rd, SW18 1SS

What: On offer is fresh bread, cakes, croissants and pies, Biltong beef, olives, fresh fruit and vegetables and even Ethiopian roses! There’s hot food too with English chicken and beef wraps from the Dorset Market Kitchen, authentic Mexican from Pink Cactus and French food from Laurent’s Kitchen, as well as wood-fired Italian pizza from Due Volcani, sausage and bacon sandwiches for breakfast and the best coffee in London, so the locals say!


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