This is a walk of one of the most exciting markets in London if not in the country. It is not on the tourist trail and it is not... more » trendy, although it shares the postcode with the trendiest bars and clubs in East London.
The market smells of fish, cow hooves, ripe mangos, dyed fabric, Turkish coffee, spice and humans. You can come here to shop, to watch, to try things out, to breathe in aromas, to talk, to be inspired. Here people have real stories to tell and each bowl of fruit costs just a quid.
This guide has been created following a 26 day long structured research project which used the alphabet as a way to approach this area. A different letter from A to Z has been explored during each research day and market traders were closely involved in the process. This guide is here to inspire you to visit this hidden gem and keep going back. After all, returning customers are what markets need to thrive!
A number of people were given one-to-one tours of this market in May 2011. Their voices have been made visible throughout the guide. Look out for a Visitor’s Voice. less «