... I thought id share a little more information about Deptford. There are some people who doggedly guard Deptford market as a top secret destination, lest the masses cotton on and 'get all the good stuff'. Admittedly I was one of them for a long time, but I have recently had a change of heart. There are some tell tale signs that Deptford is 'on the up' which is great news for us locals. Property development, deli's and art galleries are great but I fear that in a couple of years time it will look very different to the Deptford we know and love today, perhaps having lost some of the charm that has drawn local shoppers to its stalls for hundreds of years now.
Especially after articles like these!
From the New York Times: (New York times?! What on earth?!)
"In London, New Cross and Deptford attract the Hip..."
and from the BBC:
"Could Deptford be the new Paris?"
So my point is enjoy it whilst it lasts! In my humble opinion, the current combination of old school Deptford mixed with a bit of middle class wankery is optimum. I dont know about you but like to finish my flea market bargain shopping with a soya latte and a croissant, thank you very much.
Below I have shared some of my favourite Deptford haunts, and strongly encourage you to visit if you haven't been before!
The junk part of the market is the best bit; this can be found at the bottom of the high street on Douglas Way. This is the part that I fear will change the most in the next few years- but one can always hope!
Total bargains to be had all round...
This part of the market, incidentally, is right next to The Albany, a performing arts centre, which is undergoing a transformation of sorts. I recently went to an amazing club night here called OOXXOO where I heard one of my favourite bands Your Twenties play. I hope there will be many more nights like these, so watch this space...
Once you have exhausted yourself by rummaging amongst the flea bitten gems to be found on the market stalls, you have a number of lovely refreshment options.
My first port of call would be the Deptford Deli which is up the road. I enjoyed an amazing Toulouse sausage sandwich with rocket and mustard on granary bread here recently...delicious!
Over the road is WH Wellbeloved Butchers and a lovely little antique shop called Gim Crack.
(Image from BBC)
Another lovely cafe is the Deptford project which is in an old train. I think there are plans for a craft market near the train in the near future, so again, watch this space...
(Images from the Deptford Project website)
Or there's the Bear cafe and gallery.... (Cant find an image, apols)
There is a fantastic sewing machine shop on the high street too. I got my Nina second hand from here for a very reasonable price a couple of years ago. They also do repairs etc.
(Image from the sewing machine centre website)
And there's a great vintage shop called the Rag N Bone opposite Deptford rail station selling all sorts of vintage loveliness...
This is just a snap shot of some of the treasures to be found around the high street.
Anyway, there's only so much rambling about second hand junk one can take, so that's it from me for now.
Im off to enjoy the last of the summer evening sunshine with a cold glass of Rose in a beer garden... I hope you are all doing the same!
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