Maltby Street Market and Spa Terminus

Such a pleasant surprise has been to discover Maltby Street Market and Spa Terminus!

We decided to part from the East End hustle and bustle and to head to Maltby Street Market and Spa Terminus in Bermondsey, just a few steps away from London famous South Banks.

The neighbour Borough Market is around the corner, but the atmosphere is a lot calmer and it is actually possible to engage a true chat with the various stall owners who will happily describe the goodies you are about to taste.

I am a avid lover of street markets, and as every good Italian anything that relates to a good glass of wine, good food and a few antiques instantly makes me happier, and really this is The Place to enjoy London slow life.

Spa Terminus is set underneath a section of the overground arches and serves daily the wholesale food industry with all sort of delicacies and is open on Saturday mornings for detail sale and a few chit chats.

Portobello Road Market

Portobello Road is the world renown largest antique market.

The setting is very picturesque and photogenic, and movie Notting Hill made it widely known to all of us.

Although the market gets very packed on Saturdays, it is really the only time to appreciate the 1000 dealers that populate the road  with their stalls. And anyways, who likes to wander around in an empty market after all?

The Serpentine Gallery and Sou Fujimoto

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Every year The Serpentine Galley invites one of the StarArchitect who still has not completed a project in the UK to build a temporary pavilion in Hyde Park.

Japanese Sou Fujimoto was The Chosen One for 2013.

Fujimoto reinvented the clouds, designing an ethereal steel structure that dissolves in the air. Perhaps to give people the thrilling sensation of walking in the clouds, he made the structure accessible to public, so that visitors can climb up and enjoy the breeze of Kensington Garden.

Little Georgia- Food stories #1

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Little Georgia is a charming restaurant set in a quiet corner of Angel.

Top dishes are blini- the georgian salty crepes- and cheese bread is to die for.

Wine list is well above the standards and the owner suggested a very refreshing Tvishi white wine.

After our delicious mezes and a glass of wine or two, we ordered traditional georgian coffee. Curious little thing: one of the very stylish owner reads the future our of your empty coffee cup.

 

Borough Market

In the list of London classic, Borough Market holds one of the top spots.

Get out of home hungry as you will be tempted by many of the goodies: salt beef sandwiches, scallops, burgers and veggie burgers, paella, chorizo sandwiches will make you mouth water big times.

All the joys of South Bank are close by, from Tate Modern and Millenium Bridge to Hayward Gallery and London Eye.

It’s open for lunch Monday to Saturday, and the full market can be enjoyed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Closest metro stop is Borough.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Whether you are nicely settled in London or you are touristing around with a spare Sunday, it is well worth that you pay a visit to this oasis of greenery, flower and chillax of Columbia Road. Its Flower Market runs every Sunday from 8 o’clock  onward.

If you haven’t partied all night like crazy  are lucky enough to get there early, you can enjoy a bit of space of your own while doing your flower shopping.

3 bunches a fiver is my usual shop, to get while sipping a coffee from Lilly Vanilly bakery in the courtyard next door.

For serious shopper, best deals are found after 3 pm, when the hordes of people begin to move elsewhere and the stalls begin to pack away.

The shops on the street are lovely, and they sell pretty much anything from design objects, vintage furniture, flower pots (of course!), stuffed foxes and animals, magnetic maps,vintage clothing, knitting pattern, fresh oysters, Bansky posters and so on and so forth.