Spa Terminus in Bermondsey is the new Borough Market.
Developing over the past couple of years, it is now a prime spot for artisanal products - from yoghurt, cheeses & butter through charcuterie (The Ham and Cheese Company), olive oils and beer - along with special cakes and pastries of every kind (do not miss Poppy and Sebastian's amazing floral cakes). Oh, and I mustn't forget the ice cream at La Grotta ices- extraordinary flavours even in this time of wonderful gelato producers. Neal's Yard Dairy is here as well with its sensational collection of cheeses from the British Isles.
Here, too, are exceptional vegetables and fruit - yesterday there were amazing varieties of tomatoes (at eye watering prices) and giant, sweet lemons imported from Sicily, fresh chervil (often hard to find), mixed salad greens sprinkled with edible flowers, and much, much more. We left (like everyone else we could see) with bulging shopping bags.
Spa Terminus is in two parts - Maltby Street - the first followup to Borough - now has a great variety of hot and fresh food ready to sit down and eat (like Borough) or take home. People pour in from all over London to relax and enjoy the scene.
The second part - about a 15 minute walk away - is strictly produce focused, and they plan to keep it that way.
Between you and me, I certainly hope so! I stopped heading for Borough Market on weekends when the crowds poured in - although Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are still good. Saturdays are so packed you can't get near the stalls!
For a map (useful, as the stalls are scattered around the railway line) and complete list of producers, see www.spa-terminus.co.uk.
Note: Most stalls are open Saturday only from 9 am to 2 pm.