Maltby St Market & Druid Street Market London

Secret London Food markets tours
Fruit that tastes like dessert

Most visitors to London have heard of Borough and Camden markets. I am a huge fan of Borough Market and indeed have written another post about it. However, not far from Borough Market are four smaller quite secret options for a London food market that not many people know about. A key thing to know before you head to these markets is that most of the stalls are only open on Saturdays and Sundays – check their websites before you leave – I have put links in below. The two best are Maltby St Market and Druid Street Market.

Catch the tube to Bermondsey station and turn left onto Jamaica Road when you exit. Take a right up St James Road and then another right onto Dockley Road. Follow Dockley Road and you’ll hit the old railway arches. All of these markets are in and around the old arches. These arches are now rented out by London transport. There is an interesting mix of tenants – from Vespa repair shops to craft breweries.

The entrance to Spa Terminus
  1. London Food Market – Spa Terminus

The first secret London food market that you will hit is the fabulous Spa Terminus. I must say I do think this is my favourite of the lot! The meat and cheese shops here are extraordinary! All of these markets are extremely generous with their samples and don’t hesitate to ask if you can try something. I do warn you though that it is highly likely anything you try you will end up purchasing as the quality of the produce is so excellent.

Can you nearly smell the cheese??

Back to Spa Terminus. There are 9 different stalls. Little Bread Pedler seems to always have a long queue and for good reason. Their pastries are quite extraordinary and the queue is worth it! There is a Honey stall and of course a coffee roaster! But Spa Terminus is mostly about amazing meat and cheese and these are the items to focus on.

Mmm so much lovely meat!

2. London Food Market – Marine and Enid Streets

The second secret London food market is a tiny food market on the corner of Marine Street and Enid Street. This is literally the next thing in the arches after Spa Terminus. The fruit and vegetable stalls here are EXTRAORDINARY! It is serious fruit and veg porn. They do samples and again you will not be able to leave without purchasing. I bought the most amazing melon I have ever eaten here on my last visit.

Fruit that tastes like dessert

3. London Food Market – Druid Street Market

The next block or so along Enid Street is mostly repair shops. Keep heading towards London Bridge station and take a right under the arches at Abbey Street and then on your left will be the third secret London food market – the Druid Street market. This is slightly bigger than the previous three and tends to have more turnover in its stall holders. There is a brilliant Mexican taco place, cakes to die for, brilliant coffee of course etc etc etc.

Welcome to Druid Street market

4. London Street Market – Maltby St Market

Once you have wandered and tasted your way through Druid Street market go under the arches and you will hit the final secret London food market –  Maltby St market. This London food market is what started the whole area. A few stall holders at Borough market wanted to try something different and Maltby st market was born. There are permanent little bars and restaurants here – the pops ups only appear on Saturdays and Sundays (same for Druid Street).

Maltby Street

Again the stall holders will vary but there are a few classics. Depending on which end you start with you will hit the most amazing giant bowl of tartiflette you have ever seen. I went quite early last time and saw the raw ingredients going in – wow!

The stalls are mostly food or drink based (coffee roasters and craft brews of course!) but there are a couple of lovely toiletries stalls as well.

Nice smelling eggs

Try to make your way past the Cheese Truck without buying a toasted cheese sandwich – it is hard work!

MMM Cheese Toasties!!!

Then there are Dhans. These are sort of flat egg-shaped crosses between a waffle and a doughnut. They are served in egg cartons and then you choose the sauce to be drizzled on the top – I went with salted caramel and custard and it was fantastic!

Time for some donut/waffle type yummy things
I’ll have the caramel sauce and the custard please

There is a serious gyoza stall that adds delicious sauces to the top of the gyozas and they aren’t all soy!

Unlike the other secret London food market options in this post, there are a few permanent residents on Maltby St. The St Johns Wine bar is one popular option as well as some very cute little restaurants. You can visit these during the week – and on the weekends. It is just the stalls that appear on Saturday and Sunday.

At the other end of Maltby st is the super cute Lassco. Lassco is kind of everything. It is a vintage antiquey kind of store but also with some newer stuff. And it is a bar. And it is a restaurant. It is a great spot for breakfast and a coffee before exploring.

Avocado and bacon and eggs at Lassco

If you have not had your fill of secret London food market ideas and are open to one that is not so secret you are now only a 15-minute walk from the big one Borough Market. I highly recommend a visit – check out my blog post here.

Allow about 2 hours to walk and wander the arches and the 4 markets – assuming you stop somewhere for a meal along the way.

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Artist Residence is located in Pimlico which is fabulously central. IT is in a gorgeous 5 store regency building and has a cute bar. Prices start at £150 a night. Click here for latest prices and deals

-The Portobello Hotel is located in one of London’s best known and cutest neighborhoods Notting Hill. This is also the hotel where Kate Moss and Johnny Depp filled up the bath with champagne! The hotel is located on a quite street but is a great location. Don’t miss Portobello Road not just for the traditional Saturday market but for loads of great restaurants and bars like The Distillery – and one of my favourite London experiences The Electric Cinema. Prices start at £150 a night. Click here for deals and availability.

-The Great Northern Hotel is ridiculously close to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations which is incredibly convenient. This area has also nearly finished its amazing rejuvenation project and there are loads of fabulous restaurants and bars and interesting things to do on your doorstep. The hotel dates back to 1854 but has had a major refurb so it feels fresh and modern. Prices start at £229 a night. Click here for deals and availability.

-the Hoxton hotel is in the heart of east London in Shoreditch and a perfect base for exploration. The rooms aren’t huge but the location makes up for it – as does the great value for London with rooms starting at £99 a night. Click here for deals and availability.

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Heading to London? Check out some of my other posts here:

Borough Market Tour

London’s best new restaurants 2017

London Afternoon Tea Mad Hatter style 

Brighton Activities Day Trip

The Bletchley Bar Review

Breaking Bad Night ABQ Cocktail Bar Review

The Distillery Bar Review

London Victoria Nova Restaurants

Getting to London and Getting Around:

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When in London the tube and buses are absolutely the best way to get around town quickly and cheaply. The best way to pay for this is to get a London Oyster visitor card – which you can order before you leave home. However, once you leave london trains are a great option – Train prices and availabilities – or the roads are less scary outside london so hiring a car can work well – for great deals on car hire click here

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Tours Around London:

Central London and the key tourist sights are so much closer than you might think! Grab your visitor oyster card and it is quite easy to get around. In addition to doing that I personally love taking a couple of tours when I visit cities – especially to find interesting food places or more recent history or hidden gems. Two tour companies I like alot for general interesting tours in London are Local Guddy and Get Your Guide. I also highly recommend London Tailored Tours and the fab Charlie – especially for her brilliant Borough Market Tour.

If you are traveling solo and interesting in travelling beyond London check out Just You Holidays the United Kingdom,  Exodus Holidays the United KingdomExplore Holidays United Kingdom and /or G Adventures the United Kingdom

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