The Broadway Market may be a a good place to buy food produce, but it’s certainly the best spot for people watching. Every Saturday on this little street between London Fields and Regent’s Canal, you can buy ‘everything from bacon to beans’, but it’s the beanies, beards and baby buggies that are stealing the show. Hipsters, bohemians, the whole East-end fashion set, it’s the best of Hackney, Sartorialist-like, on a 200 meters stretch. As Time Out puts it ‘the closest thing London’s markets have to a catwalk.’
Arrive early and have your breakfast hunter-gatherer style before the rush. Pick up a takeaway coffee and pastry treat from Australian-run Climpson & Sons (67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH) and start gazing. Continue your promenade through the little park of London Fields. Drop in to Arch 389 (Mentmore Terrace, E8 3PN), a cute retro furniture and bric-a-brac shop and pick up a loaf of Hackney Wild at E5 Bakehouse next door (they do great lunches too).
To conclude in style, dive into the original Lido – a heated outdoor pool located the north west corner of the park. It is generally open ‘whatever the weather’ as illustrated by Jonathan Knott’s wonderful photo of the pool in the snow (below right, you can read Jonathan’s story about snow swimming here).
London E8 4QJ
Open 9am-5pm on Saturdays.