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21 March 2009

Visit Broadway Market

Most who live in East London will probably be aware of this one, but for anyone else...Broadway Market is apparently one of London's oldest Chartered Markets (whatever this means) and is a Saturday Farmers Market market in Hackney with a wide range of stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to fruit and veg, and a wide range of things in between.

Following the decline of the old market, the Tenants & Residents Association (the BMTRA) joined forces with Hackney Borough Council to bring a Farmer's Market to the street in May 2004. Nowadays this is very much the theme, with added trendy Hackney locals and 'artists'. The market itself is improved by the presence of a range of excellent shops, pubs and cafes along the street and the London Fields park, at the North Eastern end is a lovely space to relax, take a swim in the heated lido or have a drink in the pub on the park (more about these in future items though).

Broadway Market was once part of an ancient 'drovers' route' where livestock was driven on its way from Essex and the Epping Forest into London. London Fields was the last patch of grazing land before entering the city and heading for the meat markets of Smithfield. Nowadays it is a charming street which has a great atmosphere due to the presence of a range of small businesses like Nutritious Food Galley, the Broadway Bookshop and the Dove public house.

For more information on Broadway Market, visit the website at http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/, or just go down there yourself.

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^Picture from flickr courtesy of magnusfranklin^

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