A hooded thug once dramatically snatched my phone & wallet from my innocent hands on Bermondsey Street. The police told me it was a common affair, as I was hysterically crying. But regardless of it’s commonly seen dark side, Bermondsey Street continues to be one of my favourite in London. Its outstanding restaurants, rusty coffee houses & independent boutiques win me over time & time again.
This Saturday Londoners were graced with Bermondsey Street’s annual Festival. When I arrived at 3pm it was buzzing with street fashion, live music, al fresco films, market stalls, dog shows – always hilarious – & fascinating food. the festival is a local event run by volunteers known as the the ‘village fete of the city’. With 25,000 people attending this year it was the biggest village fete i’d ever seen. Who knew farm animals & maypole dancers could pull in such a crowd.
Being the largest fete in the South of England it spans for about a mile so you have the pleasure of choosing where to spend your time. AKA kid-free zones like the very hip and faultless Garrison pub. By hip I mean five inch bearded men wearing women’s chinos, I love it.
If you do come with the hazard of kids there’s all sorts of activities from a unicorn theatre to giant bric-a-brac.
Having been a few times now my recommended schedule is as follows:
- Head to ‘Fuckoffee’ to wake up with their phenomenal flat whites or ‘Fat Wives’ as they call them.
- Move onto the extremely European & extremely high quality ‘Bermondsey Street Deli’ to gorge on charcuterie, antipasti, artisan cheese & sublime bottles of wine.
- Following that it is imperative that you find the stand who’s name didn’t registered post wine, which sells only macaroons & cocktails. SEN-sational.
- Now you’re ready head to one of the music stages to shake it out with this guy: https://vine.co/v/OWY5eVtdB7J until it’s time to go home.
Unfortunately once I’ve had a couple of sugar-charged cocktails I don’t believe in bed time therefore I don’t recall arriving home. That’s how much fun Bermondsey Street Festival is. Put it in the diary for next year.