A little French Market has appeared in Lower Marsh today and it's staying there until Sunday. Seems quite expensive but this shouldn't worry Borough Market-type shoppers. Looks colourful and smells good.
The publicity for this event has been strange to say the least. Obviously we would have promoted it in our publications if we had known about it. We had an email a week ago from someone in Lower Marsh saying that they'd heard it was happening Sat/Sun, but didn't know exact times etc.
Then walking along Lower Marsh yesterday I spotted the French flags saying French Market here Fri/Sat/Sun - but again not giving times, which isn't very helpful. All very frustrating. Especially as the aim is presumably to encourage more people to venture down Lower Marsh.
This event seems to rotate around varying areas, not only in London but also all of the South West of the UK. I don't think they ever advertise much-normally just a banner as it doesn't really necessitate it-they make more than enough from passing trade.
The French market last October - pictures here: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/1814 - was a joint venture between Lambeth Markets, Lower Marsh People, Lambeth Town Centre and Southside Chamber of Commerce and we did get advance notice and were able to flag it up.
But this time even Lower Marsh People didn't know about it till last week.
I got an email from WCDG about three days ago. I think they are organising.
The email went out to what seemed to be their whole mailing list. (I was tempted to do a "reply all" and lobby for the park!) Don't understand why you are not on it. Do you normally receive stuff from WCDG? Or is this another of the strange tensions that exist in Waterloo?
Otherwise it might have been on the wonderful mailing from the North Lambeth Town Centre Maanger which promised amongst other things a free talk on the history of the human kidbney (this lunchtime so you have missed it ) and a North Lambeth Domestic Violence Event at the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre.
The first time there was a market - I think this is about the third - stall holders complained about the level of shoplifting.
The best event this weekend though should be the Roots and Shoots farmers market on Sunday. It is a really good organisation.