My other half & I went back to Maltby Street (with its adjacent, more produce focused Spa Terminus) on a lovely, sunny Saturday morning this past weekend.
Not one but two sets of friends asked us if we had been recently, and when we confessed it had been many months (maybe last autumn) since we visited, they pressed us to return and so we did. And it is fun. More fun, perhaps if you live on a barge in Canary Wharf and can just wander over after breakfast, where we need to hop in the car (it's a fair stroll from London Bridge Station) and then figure out where to park.
There is nothing else in London quite like the buzz of Maltby Street, lined with stalls offering everything from pickled beet avocado with cheese (see above), hand made chocolates, artisan beer or gin, fantastic breads and coffee. At 11 in the morning families are settling down to what must be a very late breakfast (or maybe brunch) with one little boy getting ready to bite into a burger so thickly layered he struggled to get his teeth around it. St John's Bread & Wine was standing room only,
Ready to eat, delicious Hansen & Lydersen smoked salmon (as sold at Daylesford) on sourdough. We bought some to take home.
There is a relaxed, junk shop/jumble sale feel about the area, drinks often served in an assortment of vintage glass and tableware, while reclamation shop Lassco sits at one end.
We checked out the food shops on Druid Street and then moved on to Spa Terminus where there has been quite a change since we last were there. Not to be missed is the great selection of local British honeys, and the pastries at Southerden Patisserie (www.southerden.com). Mons Cheese is a must and we might have filled out baskets with much much more.