At Borough Market I saw a finger being pointed out of a car Saturday week ago, and a Christmas tree seller then point to a small fir: "That one? £45," he said with a straight face, to the owner of the finger.
Great produce at BM but if you want value (and don't like the monocultural atmosphere of 'Hampstead-on-Thames') it's East Street Market every time.
I'm curious to understand what some of you mean by 'poncy' and how the market is getting this way - is it the perception / reality that prices are high [they probably
always will be by comparison with East St] or is it that some of you dislike the type of foodie outlets that have set up there?
It may be regarded by some as a mixed blessing and it's all too easy to slag off something that becomes popular and drags in 'outsiders' who behave as if the place is a theme park. However the effort of a core of traders who created the foundation of the retail offering [which hardly existed until fairly recent history] has resulted in an amenity that has helped to revive the vitality of this area. Neals Yard was one of the first food outlets in the area when the retail market only operated on the third weekend each month and I recall a petition looking for support for it to be allowed to open every weekend - seems remarkable now that there were ever any doubts that it could be commercially successful. Do some of you now think it is getting dangerously close to shooting itself in the collective foot?