Greenwich Market

26 Jul

Introduction

For my  first day of half term I decided to task myself with the vague but specific search for a vintage suitcase. The thought of a new suitcase didn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I felt there was a bargain to be had and a unique key item of interest to be held for future trips. Had it been on the weekend I would have visited the luggage stall at the Clocktower Market.

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market

As it was a Thursday, I decided to traipse around the vintage and collectables market in Greenwich – a town which in itself is a World Heritage site. The market itself has been around in various forms since the 1700s and the current steel trussed and glazed roof, which protects you from the elements, has been standing since 1908.

What to buy

Greenwich Market, like most London markets on the weekend, is very busy and aimed purely for tourists. It mostly consists of arts and crafts stalls and a food hall. If you’re looking to buy anything of interest or for the house then you’d be better off going 5 minutes up the road to the Clocktower Market – where your search will be more than fruitful. Otherwise, 90% of the time on weekends you’d either be buying an over-priced tonal photograph of London that you could’ve framed and taken yourself or a gift that will be politely accepted but secretly tucked away by a befuddled aunt or uncle. That being said, I did once buy 4 scrabble coasters for a tenner. I wanted the words F U C K or D I C K but I had to compromise with J A C K. If you’re looking to generally take in the atmosphere, take photographs for instagram, and try a range of amazing foods in a vibrant and bustling atmosphere then a visit is more than worthwhile.

Antiques and collectables market

Antiques and collectables market

Thursday provides a different case. The search for my suitcase proved unsuccessful. There were several stalls that had them but they were around the £30 to £55 mark which meant that they were either heavily scratched on the outside and/or heavily stained on the inside. The market is somewhat of a treasure trove and you can buy more or less an antique or collectible imaginable with stalls specialising in an extensible collection of glassware, furniture, toy cars, war and sports memorabilia etc. Unfortunately, these are only there on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday so you would either have to take a day off or be either a tourist, a collector or retired.

Where to eat

The Red Cow Carvery is a meat lover’s dream and definitely worth a visit. It’s tucked away right at the bottom of the market, roasting a huge joint of beef with the fat and juices dripping on the roast potatoes beneath and an unhealthy slab of melted cheese on the side.

The Red Cow Carvery

The Red Cow Carvery

Sausages etc is a stall in close proximity and provided the best sausage roll I have ever tasted and amazing Toulouse sausages which you can take home to cook.

Asides from these two stalls of note there is a wide range of food from Koyutu Ltd handmade sushi to Ethiopian vegetarian food to award-winning handmade cookies, chocolate brownies, cakes and slices at The Real Baking Company. All are reasonably priced with generous portions and best to sit down and eat in the neighbouring  Old Royal Naval College grounds.

Where to drink

The Coach and Horses pub in the market is decent if you want the buzz and can find seating but I prefer going around the corner to The Gipsy Moth where you can drink in the beer garden right besides the Cutty Sark. They do an excellent roast dinner too. If it’s just a coffee you’re after then The Red Door cafe is adjacent to the market and is highly recommended and unique. It’s a bit of a marmite place but you’ll be served by the eccentric Edward as church organ music is playing on the system. Otherwise there’s always Costa, Starbucks etc which you can get any other place in London. If you have the time and the inclination to book then The Fan Museum is supposed to have an excellent tea room. Jamie’s Italian, on Nelson Road, provides a decent and friendly cocktail bar and serves an excellent espresso martini.

Gipsy Moth beer garden

Gipsy Moth beer garden

The Market itself is open Tuesday through to Sunday 10AM-5.30PM:

– arts, craft and food stalls on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday;
– antiques, vintage and collectables on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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