Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Broadway Market revisited

I suppose this sort of juxtaposition is bound to happen where a good old-fashioned high street hardware shop manages to survive.

Once you're past that, Broadway Market on a Saturday afternoon is even more of an ultra-cosmopolitan food court than the last time I visited.

If you don't want to buy some kisses to follow your pickles, sauerkraut or kimchi (relax, they mean meringues), you can eat your way around the world from Argentina to Vietnam  by way of Ghana, Iran, and Gujarat, not forgetting the inevitable cupcake, to go with your Spanish ham.

Perhaps some fudge off the block, a brownie or an eclair for later? And don't forget your furry friends.

There are still some of the worthier sorts of craft stall one might expect from Hackney, as is the sight of ladies' scanties side by side with (do knickers rub shoulders, or could one say they abut?) dungarees; while others aim a bit further upmarket.

But as times change, so, inevitably, there's a smart estate agent's next door to the traditional pie-and-mash shop, offering the opportunity for that other middle-class pastime, tutting over the prices (£1 million plus, or thereabouts, for the kind of house that was being torn down in my childhood, or £500k for a two-bedroom modern flat).

And here's another sign of the changing times - hardly the house journal of the alternative society:


  1. Is there much call for rat poison around those parts?

  2. Cashmere boots! I needed them in Winter... and perhaps they would still be on my feet in Spring.
    The house my Mum was born in is worth a small fortune now - Brixton. And I can no longer afford my first house, which was a wreck when I first lived there. I do plenty of tutting... actually sobbing is more like it.... if I spend too long on Rightmove.