London Visit: Mare Street Market. Homeboy and I hung out at Mare Street Market last week. Set inside a former council block, Barworks has cultivated a creative hotspot with eateries, a bar, coffee shop, record store, antiques shops and a florist. If you’re looking for best the Mare Street Restaurants, things to do in Hackney or coffee shops in E8, this is well worth investigating.
Mare Street Market Food and Drink Options
The Dining Room: The stunning Dining Room is styled with antiques and vintage lighting by Pure White Lines. They serve lunch Monday to Saturday, dinner Wednesday to Saturday and on Sundays you can treat yourself to a roast. During the week mains include delicious dishes such as Barnsley Lamp Chops, Cod Loin, Baked Seabream and Devon Chicken. Vegan and vegetarian options will be something tasty like Aubergine Curry, Garden Pea Risotto or Pappardelle.
The Dining Room
The Open Kitchen: We ate at the Open Kitchen which was very good. You can tuck into Lentil and Coconut Dhal, a Market Breakfast, Miso Scrambled Eggs or Veggie Burger.
Veggie Burger and Chips From The Open Kitchen
Deli, Wine Bar and Bottle Shop: Try sandwiches, salads and cakes during the day. In the evening it switches to a relaxed wine bar with accompanying small plates.
Lentil and Coconut Dhal From The Open Kitchen
The Bar: If you’re in the mood for cocktails you can situate yourself on one of the stools at the centrally located bar. Try the East London Spritz or East 8 Hold Up. With a long list of drinks you will have a hard time making a decision.
Carrot and Ginger Juice From The Open Kitchen
Flying Horse Coffee: Too early for booze then it will have to be a coffee from Flying Horse.
Flying Horse Coffee
Mare Street Market Retailers
Pure White Lines: For antiques, vintage furniture and curiosities check out the fascinating objects from Pure White Lines. The pieces decorate the Dining Room so wander in and have a gander. On your visit you might spot the taxidermy polar bear, butterfly domes, apothecary style dressers, Victorian sports cupboard and an array of chandeliers.
Pure White Lines
Stranger Than Paradise: Music lovers should head straight for this music store which covers a wide range of genres on vinyl. They also sell merchandise including bags and T-shirts.
Stranger Than Paradise
Rebel Rebel Flowers: Looking for a bouquet of beautiful flowers to brighten up your home or give to a special friend? This award-winning florist can help you select the right mix of seasonal and British blooms.
Rebel Rebel Flowers
Mare Street Market Information
Mare Street Market Building
To find out more visit the Mare Street Market Website where pop-up stores are listed. The address is 117 Mare Street, London E8 4RU. The nearest station is London Fields Overground or Cambridge Heath Overground. Current opening times listed are Monday 8am-11pm, Tuesday to Thursday 8am-12am, Friday 8am-1am, Saturday 9am-1am and Sunday 9am-11pm. On Saturday you can check out Broadway Market which is a short walk away.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.