Exmouth Market is one of those quirky and exciting best kept secrets in London. I first discovered it by accident, one day on my way to a short course at City University some years ago.
Just off Farringdon and trendy Clerkenwell, its a cool and inspiring place – that makes you want to be creative, live and experience more. With it’s distinctive fish grey cobblestoned walkway, the street has an old English grandieur to it.
A popular hang-out for Clerkenwell and City media high flyers, its a an ideal place to visit on your own or with friends after work, especially during one of those lazy summer days.
Originally a trading market in the 1950’s, it is now a collection of rather trendy an coffee shops, restaurants, homemade arts and crafts, delightful art, ceramics and bespoke tailoring shops.
On some week days there is a fresh farmers market with a variety of fresh quality and tasty produce. Mouthwatering delicatessen produce – cheeses, chutney, olives and sun-dried tomatoes, you name they sell it.
One of my favourite Carribean restaurants called ‘Cottons’ is on this street, and they have regular live bands, artists and spoken word evenings, not to mention fantastic fruit cocktails.
In the dark winter months you can see a string of thousands of tiny lights above the market, connecting every shop in the street making the place look extra special.