An afternoon in Hackney and London markets


Is the oldest dwelling in East London, built in 1535. Its architecture kept Tudor, Victoria and Georgian styles.
Besides their grass, the English people love their brick as well.
In Medieval times, Hackney was a village, lived by wealthy crafts people and later by the French refugees, Huguenots. Was it from the manufacture of brick that comes its name?
The Tower of the church St Augustine is nowadays in a park that still dwells the mausoleums of some important Hackney people. The irony is that afro inhabitants are jumping on them…when over the phone.
I saw an exhibition at The Shop of Hackney, where the hostess offered me a glass of champagne and had a nice chat about everything, including the Greece’s crisis, while I was admiring my favorite painting Sugar  Coated Secret of a Norwegian artist.
I crossed the street to head to Hackney corner of fashion designers like Aquascutum, Burberry, Aniya Hindmarch.
I went to Ridley markey in Dalston Junction, held every Saturday with fresh vegetables, fish mongers and halal meat, very cheap. The African spices and goods are their best here: turmeric, noni leaves, sorrel drinks, beans, lentils etc.
There are flea markets on each Sunday morning in Stoke Newton, Hackney Wick.
But what I like the most is Broadway Market near London Fields park and lido. The market has a green, crafts, vintage parts, the most genuine products are shown here: bakery, diaries, cheese, coconut teas, street food, sun bathed terraces, coffee and coffee beans, pubs. Vibrant place, art, books, exhibitions of vintage prints, magazines covers in original, advertisments in frames.
Porto Bello market, the most famous international market where vintage meets the famous brands replicas and genuine British wear shops are tempting you with tweed style, fit for countryside and for city at no more than £200 a blazer!!! Everyting way too overpriced, a vintage brand dress goes to £ 20.
The most productively shopping wise, cost efficient market lies in East London, Purfleet, good value for every item, either is houseware, cutlery, dishes, clothes, shoes, books, tools, etc.
Vauxhall is worth to be visited both for the vintage and contemporary sections, may find good marchandise at good money value.
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