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Under the strange misty haze that covered the city, Saturday morning found me wandering Druid Street Market in Bermondsey, The Shard disappearing off into cloud just beyond. The market is a relatively new location for founders Toast who are hosting a series of Slow Living workshops and brunches over the coming weeks. Have you seen mine yet? On October 18th at the Rosewood London I’ll be joining up with Waffle Design who create the most deliciously tactile organic cotton embroidered accessories to show you how to make a custom table runner whilst we talk all things interiors. Ask me anything. More on that soon but now let’s get back to the market.

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Druid St is full of gems – I love that it’s in that growing phase, it feels that little more intimate, personal. There’s a great mix of food, drink and homeware with an emphasis on slow living. You come here to stroll and meander. It has a fantastic cookbook lending library too – how many street markets out there are doing that, huh? Nope, there’s no market fluff around here, the vendors are ready with good conversation, generous with advice and a huge array of organic, homegrown and freshly prepared eats and homewares. I even bumped into my plant guru Concrete Jungles who was there with some of her cacti babies – no surprises that she normally sells out of everything before lunch time, it was hard not to walk away with everything!

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I made a new discovery in ceramicist Skye Corewijn and her comically named ‘Lazy Eye’ ceramics (just for the record, she doesn’t have a lazy eye) who mades her designs from a shared studio/kiln space in Hoxton. I could’ve lusted after her pieces all afternoon with their subtle, earthy textures and soft glazes. Yes please.

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If you’re stopping by, make a point of visiting Weligama for a Sri Lankan egg hopper. They are amazing, particularly in tandem with a fresh coffee – get there early mind, there was a queue around the block by the time I headed off. Or there’s fresh Gyoza, Sushi, smoked oysters or Malaysian lentil patties by Sambal Shiok to whet your appetite. I bought a jar of their spicy peanut sauce which I’ve been trying to find ways to eat with everything since.

Thanks to co-founder Miranda York for coming out to meet me and talk more about our up and coming workshop with Waffle. Exciting times. A tonic for my work addled brain and a morning well spent on my own, wandering and people watching.

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Druid Street Market runs from 9am to 4pm every Saturday.

Photography © Tiffany Grant-Riley

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