Why London Markets Are Good For Your Love Life
My only local butcher closed his doors after failing to convince his son to take over the reins. ‘He doesn’t want to be a tradesman,’ he told me, ‘he wants to go on The X Factor and become a singer.’
This trends of kids avoiding traditional trades for attempts at the entertainment industry may be changing. Suddenly, joining a collective and becoming part of a market has become cool. New markets that directly link producers to the public are springing up all over London, run in unlikely corners of the city, and they’re getting more specialist.
Yesterday we had three neighbourhood markets running, one for vinyl and vintage, one for market produce, one for foods and meats, hipsterish and a bit sexy. Why sexy? One market gardener told me he loves the weekly events because ‘it’s a great way to meet real women.’ When I asked him what he meant by that, he replied; ‘Ones who aren’t in media.’
With Brexit taking hold, I’ve hoping we see more home produce as imports become expensive.
Markets are London’s better-kept secrets – not the tourist-tat ones like Camden and Portobello Road, but Borough, Maltby Street, Broadway, Brixton, King’s Cross, Cabbages & Frocks, Lower Marsh and North London Vintage. There’s not a ward in the city that doesn’t have one, but there are dozens of pop-ups appearing too. Which means you can get healthier food direct from source, and maybe improve your love life!