One of my favourite places to wander at the weekends is Bermondsey. Bermondsey Street and the immediate area has food markets (without the crowds of Borough), a museum, a gallery, antique market and some great food and drink choices. This area used to be a centre of leather industry and warehouses and is now the centre of fashionable “Bermondsey village”. You can find these and more on the To the Tower walk.
Start at the London Bridge end of Bermondsey Street and walk along the street towards Bermondsey Square. On your left is the Fashion and Textile museum, founded by designer Zandra Rhodes. www.ftmlondon.org
A White Cube gallery recently opened on Bermondsey Street, it’s the largest of the three White Cube spaces and the largest commercial art gallery in Europe: http://whitecube.com/
There are some great places to stop for a refreshment break along Bermondsey Street:
The Garrison gastropub www.thegarrison.co.uk/
Coffee @ Bermondsey Street, for a caffeine fix
Village East for brunch, lunch or dinner www.villageeast.co.uk
And two new bars/restaurants opened by José Pizarro, Pizarro tapas restaurant and José, Sherry and tapas bar www.josepizarro.com/
At the end of Bermondsey Street is Bermondsey Square, home of Bermondsey antiques market on Fridays 4am – 1pm.
On Saturdays 9am – 2pm several food retailers open the doors of their warehouses, roasteries and breweries under the railway arches near Maltby Street to create a food market of sorts. The traders change each week so check the website to see who will be there when you plan to visit.
Maltby Street, Millstream Road, Stanworth Street, Tanner Street www.maltbystreet.com
Stop for a cheeky glass of wine at 40 Maltby Street which sells and serves wine from small-scale producers and also has a small kitchen. Only open Thurs-Sat. www.40maltbystreet.com/
From here it’s a short wander towards Shad Thames, the river and Tower Bridge.