Exploring London | Broadway & Netil market

After a Friday night involving tequila at a colleague’s leaving drinks and a drunken trek to Chinatown for greasy fried rice, I wasn’t expecting to wake up clear headed. But boy, was I glad I did – with the glorious weather, all I wanted to do was bask in the sun, food in one hand and a cold refreshing drink in the other.

I texted the flatmate (who was just in the next room but laziness prevented me from leaving the bed), who agreed enthusiastically to my suggestion of visiting our favourite market – Broadway market in Hackney.

Hackney has been gentrified in recent years – with pop-up boutique merchandising handmade wares, creative delis and the odd bric-à-brac store. Broadway and the nearby Netil market is the place where hipsters of the East converge. It is one of my favourite places to people-watch.

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British hole-y cheese

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I got myself a  duck confit burger with blue cheese and a drizzle of truffle honey, with some chutney smeared on the face of the brioche bun . Thinking about it just makes me salivate.

 

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After lunch, we trooped over to Netil market…
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where there was jerk chicken off the grill…
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and the moistest cakes you can find in London, hands down. I never fail to get a slice every time I make a trip here. The cakes are not cloyingly sweet and flavours, innovative. Also, portions are massive and really good value.
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This time, we got a slice of banana, pecan and pineapple cake…
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and Pimm’s! Drink of the season.
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After leaving Netil market, we came across a bakery under an arch. Glossy kouign-amman and gracefully tall brioche feuilletée were on display.
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After that, we popped by Conservatory Archives…
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a tiny space filled  with plants, from ground to ceiling.

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Came across this cute little shop en route to the bus stop. Perfect colours to reflect the season!

 

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