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A famous poet once said: ‘Tired of London, tired of life’. There’s no place in the world with such a creative buzz as the UK capital. That makes London the ideal place for hotspotting. Where to eat, where to sleep, where to shop? Londonista An Bogaerts leads the way.

Maltby Street Market

Bermondsey

What? Maltby Street Market manages to mix three of my favourite things: interior design, good food and jumble sales. It is the local initiative of some vintage shops in the neighbourhood who had the brilliant idea to attract customers with delicious food. And big surprise (not really): it works! Stroll around here on a Saturday morning and visit the beautiful vintage shops, have yourself a coffee at Craft Coffee, taste some amazing melted cheese at the Raclette Brothers or enjoy a fish-stick sandwich at Shoal Food. The quality of the street food is exquisite, but the best thing about Maltby Street Market is that you don’t have to jostle your way between hundreds of tourists as you have to on Borough Market, which is on walking distance.

Looks? It is an absolute delight to wander around vintage furniture shops whilst sensing the smell of fresh coffee and homemade paella. Maltby Street is located right beside a railway, the brick arches create the perfect decor for food trucks and pop-up vendors. You can discover something new here almost every week. There are a few different small interior design boutiques in Maltby Street but there is no doubt the most important is Lassco. This highly respected antiques business is renowned in the whole UK for its old chimneypieces, cast iron radiators, vintage posters and lovely decorated cement tiling.

What else? When you fancy a bit more than street food, you can now go en experience the recently opened Lassco Bar & Dining. The restaurant setting of course features some glorious old masterpieces, but the food is in fact all but old fashioned thanks to chef James Knox Boothman and bartender Jerome Slesinski. And because Bermondsey is not Mayfair or Chelsea, you can still have a lovely three course dinner for just 30 pounds.

Info? Maltby Street Market is open on Saturday from 9am to 4pm and Sunday from 11am to 4pm, Lassco Bar & Dining is open from Wed to Sat from 5pm to 10pm and Sun from 11am to 5pm.

41 Maltby Street
SE1 3PA Bermondsey

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