3 pit stops on a tour of historic BermondseyGraze your way around an intriguing part of south-east London
Credit: The Little Bread Pedlar
Urban history is etched on the streets of Bermondsey. Saxon village turned spa town turned industrial centre, 17th-century hub of English delftware, Dickensian stomping ground, Victorian port… Today, it boasts luxury property with views of the Thames and Tower Bridge and contemporary galleries such as White Cube, with a cornucopia of food options attesting to London’s eternal evolution.
Hit the area on Saturday morning, and head for Spa Terminus, under the railway arches, when producers and distributors that usually trade wholesale are open to the public. Need to Know can nudge you gently in the direction of The Little Bread Pedlar. Join the queue for artisan loaves of sourdough, pillowy focaccia or (because it’s early, right) almond croissants dusted with icing sugar. For Italian cheese and small goods, there’s The Ham & Cheese Co where you can pick up rarities such as guanciale or milky mozzarella. More substantial nibbles, and a tasty sherry, can be found at José tapas bar on the main drag of Bermondsey Street. This might be the ultimate in urban grazing.
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