The walk from London Bridge station to the market is full of visual treats - beautifully restored Victorian architecture, pretty cafes, a glass blowing factory, parks, pubs and shops. Bermondsey Street even has its own festival this weekend.
The market looks very small, but there is plenty to see. Somehow Gill and I managed to spend two hours there. The stalls are packed densely into the market square, and each stall has thousands of treasures that must be inspected, discussed and admired.
- silver soup ladles
- miniature penknives with mother-of-pearl handles
- beautiful Victorian thimbles
- enamel earrings in the shape of sea shells
- ostrich feather fans
- hat pins
- box brownie cameras
- tiny, weeny silver mustard spoons
- embroidery on velvet
- police whistles
- silver coffee pots
The stall holders were all so friendly, and happy to chat. I asked loads of questions and prowled around quite happily, trying on dozens of tiny antique thimbles in vain.
|Bermondsey Antiques Market - small but full of treasure|
|Baskets and baskets of old silver and silver plate cutlery, mostly from Sheffield|
After the market we headed for a local cafe in search of a cup of tea. Al's Cafe looked just the thing, and we had proper mugs of strong, milky tea and buttered toast to revive us.
|Lots of menu options at Al's Cafe - Bermondsey Street|
|Delicious tea and toast at Al's Cafe|
Walking back through Bermondsey to London Bridge, we suddenly caught sight of The Shard down one of the side streets - flashing bright reflected sunshine at everyone who walked past. You can see some photos of The Shard from when we last walked in Bermondsey, back in May - they've made good progress since then. I can't wait to see it finished; it will look spectacular in bright, autumn sunshine like today's.
|The Shard - dazzling with reflected sunshine|