An antiques market known across London, drawing many a collector on the chance of a rare find on Fridays, and a good share of locals grabing a bite on Saturdays.
Bermondsey Market is an antiques market which takes place every Friday.
The name Bermondsey came from the Saxon 'Beormund', meaning an island surrounded by marsh. Formerly the New Caledonian market in Islington, it moved in 1948 to Bermondsey. According to a royal licence, 'marché ouvert', thieves were allowed to legitimately sell stolen goods. Later legislation decreeing that the sale of stolen goods was only permissible until dawn was not repealed until 2000. A famous case in 1994 saw a collector buy several paintings relatively inexpensively, one of which turned out to be a Joshua Reynolds work. A crackdown by the Metropolitan police has resulted in the market seeing a significant decrease in size and custom. Nevertheless, Bermondsey Market still attracts up to 500 collectors weekly, and is noted for the many silver items on offer.
On Saturdays, Bermondsey square becomes a farmers' market offering fresh produce and locally made food from award-winning producers. It's the perfect spot to grab a bite while you shop for organic groceries!
Bermondsey Square, Southwark, London SE1 3UN
Antiques Market: Every Friday, 6.00-14.00
Farmers' Market: Every Saturday, 10.00-14.00
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