It was a great start to the weekend with coffee (and cake and soup and sandwiches and doughnuts) with friends in the morning followed by a visit to the Bermondsey Street Festival.
In all honesty, I would not recommend anyone travelling too far to visit the festival. However, if like me, you live around the area, its a great place to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday. A couple of hours is enough for a leisurely walk through a Bermondsey Street filled with colourful stalls on both sides and to have a light (or otherwise) lunch from one of the food stalls set up at the Tanner Street Park. If you have more than a couple of hours I would recommend getting some beers and settling down on the grass to listen to the band playing. There is also a dog show (which I was sad to miss), a bake-off and other activities.
The stalls are varied. You will find everything from vintage clothing, cupcakes and brownies, art work, scarves, books, jewellery, crockery – and, not to forget – some vintage bicycles. I picked up a couple of books (including a lovely coffee table photo archive of 20th Century Fox movies) – at 50p each I thought they were a great bargain. The only other shopping I did was a coffee brownie I picked up.
The food is what I enjoy the most about the festival, both last year as well as this year. The burger I had was great and a corn on the cob was a fun treat.
In the late evening the fun shifts to Bermondsey Square where again, there are some interesting stalls (I hope the pictures prove my point) with food and drink and a band playing – I heard some Beatles on my way out. It’s a fun yet laid back vibe which I like.
Did you have a chance to go to the festival this year or any of the years before? What did you enjoy the most?
And before I finish here, I wanted to leave you guys with this lovely video. Doesn’t this make you want to curl up with a cup of hot coffee? I can almost smell it. 🙂
Photos edited by Bidisha