London Life Markets

broadway market

September 13, 2012

Welcome to broadway market, a market like no other in london. Every saturday it becomes the epicentre of Hackney’s hipster scene. It is too cool for school and each time i visit i end up staying all day, meeting friends, talking to the locals and simply watching the world go by. It is fascinating on so many levels and i try and limit how often i go as not to ever tire of it!

Apart from great shopping, be it antiques, books, clothes, haberdashery and so on, i mainly go for the food. The atmosphere is unique and i dare you to plan a visit one saturday and not be enthralled!

Today i will concentrate on one of my visits, introduce you to some of the magic of being there on a saturday. You must forgive me for not listing everything because there are simply too many great shops, cafés, bars and restaurants to name. And sometimes, it’s great to make one’s own discoveries, right?

Let’s go.

Just opposite the market you’ll find london field, a glorious park.

As you approach the market you’ll find all sorts. Even the ambulance guys are hip, you don’t think? I wonder whether they have been especially assigned:)

Let’s get a feel of the market.

A lot of the cooked food there is incredible. I mean where do you get persian food? I remember the first week they started at the market a couple of years ago, they were so nervous. For those who don’t know persian food, it’s absolutely delicious.

I particularly like the way they cook crispy rice. It’s a delicacy. Here’s a recipe.

So, sometimes i’ll have some persian food but mostly when i visit, i go for the one and only mushroom risotto. It’s totally yum! Take a look:

Wild and exotic risotto with truffel oil, accompanied by rocket salad and grana padana cheese. I ask you, can you not smell it? It’s intoxicating.

I always say it doesn’t cost much these days to start a business. You need a good idea, mix in some authentic passion and a little innovation and voila, you’ve started a new venture. On the day i went to the market, i saw these 2 guys perched with an ingenius table against a bar making and selling fresh sushi. They had only started the week before so were still new to this. I had a longer chat with them and found out that their friend, the guy behind in the blue shirt, is an industrial designer and had designed this table for them. It’s still a prototype. Basically it’s small, slanted and fits perfectly against the wall of any bar or restaurant. I believe the initial idea was to avoid market stall costs as they would be ‘so to speak’ attached to the bar/restaurant and therefore exempt from paying fees. That plan didn’t work out as the market stall landlord told them that if they are selling food they need to pay the same as a market stall holder. Shame!

Late in the afternoon i ordered the usual freshly squeezed lime juice with some sparkling water. As i was watching the girl behind the bar prepare some cocktails, i noticed she was using these interesting juice extractors. The speed and foremost the amount of juice that was coming out intrigued me. I just simply had to ask her what they were and where they were from.

I was on a mission and in the end we involved the owner of the bar. He immediately offered to help and googled ‘mexican elbow‘. Yes, people, I’m now the proud owner of the yellow (lemons) and green (limes) one. The orange one (oranges) was out of stock and is on order. I kid you not, if you use a lot of lemon and lime in your cooking or making drinks, you will not go wrong with these. They extract every single bit of juice and there won’t be any lemon pips! Also, now i feel like a cocktail maker:) I’m seriously in love with them. Aren’t they fun and colourful, as well as being practical? 

I hope you enjoyed the virtual visit to broadway market and who knows, i might bump into you there one day. I hope you all have a great weekend.

London is busy with the london design festival starting this friday and my calendar is full. What are you all up to? Are you going to any events of the ldf? Which ones? The lovely people at camron pr have put this invaluable festival guide together. Thank you:) Hope to see some of you at #ldf12


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  • Reply annie September 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Ah this is top of my places to visit when I get a spare weekend with no plans. Like never then! I can’t wait to go. Although you won’t catch me eating mushroom risotto as mushrooms are the most disgusting food in the world *shiver*. Ugh.

    I really like those mexican elbows, shame you have to buy one for each fruit though (or have I got that wrong?).

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Yes, you do have to buy one of each but there’re so much fun and colourful. At a fiver each you don’t even have to take out a mortgage:)

  • Reply Igor September 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I want Kookoo! No idea what it is, but I like the sound of the name:-)))

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Ha. Kookoo it is then….

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily September 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Thank goodness for your travels Tina-I’m so out of touch out here!! Looking forward to design festival but don’t know where to start. Are you going to the V&A on Monday? xx

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Can’t make it to the V&A today… would have liked to…. hope to see you during the festival xx

  • Reply Theresa September 14, 2012 at 4:57 am

    I want to go there with you. See you there next Saturday? 😉
    So, I see that the single speed bicycle hipster trend has also hit London (see the sage green bike in one of your photos). It is quite the craze here in the States, mostly by men. All of those food stalls look scrumptious.
    Have a wonderful time at the LDF. No doubt you’ll return with some great posts on design. Cannot wait!

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      That would be lovely…. gosh, imagine? Can I have a hug???

      Yes, the single speed bicycle hit London a couple of years ago… here it’s mostly men too.
      LDF, so much too see and so little time:)

  • Reply Anna September 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Wow! Those ambulance guys, think I’d be doing some fainting near them!
    I need to venture up to this part on London someday soon, I never go there.

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Ha. I felt the same about the hunks:)
      See you maybe at LDF.. thank you for stopping by…

  • Reply Anya Adores September 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Ah Tina the market and the stalls are so cool. We have nothing like that here really, and I miss walking around buying fresh produce from people. Loving the sushi guys and the squeezy things – happy weekend, would have loved to be there for the design festival, but coming in october instead – yay,

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      What a shame you couldn’t come for LDF… but I will take October. Let me know if you have some time for me to scooter down and meet you. A hug, a hot chocolate and a little chat:) xx Please get in touch!!!

  • Reply Holly September 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Awesome! Everything! omg, the risotto? Yes I can smell it! And I love your citrus contraptions. Seriously, it’s like they were made for you 🙂

    Great post Tina Xx.

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      The Risotto is to die for… full of garlic and goodness….
      Ha. That’s so funny! yes, when i saw them I also thought they’re like made for me…. you know me too well xx

  • Reply leah of sang the bird September 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    i so want to come and play xx

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      So come, only 24 hours on a plane xx

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey September 16, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Tina darling I believe you need to consider writing a book about markets. You paint such a beautiful picture, both visually & in words. And with your personality, I know we’ll get to know the people behind the products too.

    The two motorbike doctors (?) are extremely cute! And I love the lemon, lime & orange juicers. So clever!

    Thanks 🙂 xx

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks love. Not ever considered but after shopping for 15 years at markets I nearly know all the farmers:)

      Yes, dishy those 2. Was in a rush otherwise might have faked a panic attack… with mouth to mouth:))

      Pleased that the mexican elbows appeal to your aesthetic needs. xx

  • Reply Chi@106 September 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Ooh, I love all your fab finds, Tina, human and otherwise! 😉

    I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual trip to Borough Market and I look forward to another.

    Have you ever considered writing an “insiders'” guide to London? You should (if you can find the time) – you’d be so good at it! 😀 x

  • Reply Catherine Bedson September 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Tina, yes the ambulance guys look nearly as stylish as their italian counterparts. What a fun, quirky the Spore Boys, great name for a mushroom risotto business. I had my eye on those juicers ever since I saw one of our tv chefs using them a year or so ago but haven’t got around to buying one yet…enjoy them I think they’re great. Have fun at the design festival, hope you get alot out of it, few people from here heading over for it.

    I’m starting an online magazine and newspaper writing course today which I’m looking forward to. xxx

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Ha. As you were getting up, I was going to bed and you happened to be reading my blog… how funny is that??

      Yes, italian and french police. Yum! I think you would LOVE the Risotto.

      I literally only came across the juicers that day and was smitten. Ha. I’m that obsessive that I ordered them the same evening. You would love them so get going woman…..

      Yes, it’s the biggest design festival in Europe…

      Sounds great… please report back on your course. Really interested to hear! xx

  • Reply geraldine September 17, 2012 at 6:51 am

    It’s making me hungry reading your blog. That risotto…yum. Like the citrus press idea. Thanks for the design festival tip. Also got my hardcopy guidebook now and raring to go 🙂

    • Reply tina September 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      It’ll be a nice Saturday out with your family.
      Hopefully will see you at LDF. x

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