Last Saturday the @ldn_eats team were invited to Limehouse Basin Social Market, a collection of fresh produce stalls (including fruit and veg, cheese, coffee and delicious bread and cakes), hot food (including The Backstreet Diner, Twist of Brasil, Curry Cook House and others) as well as stalls selling clothes, jewellery, candles and much more. The market was in a perfect location, right next to Limehouse DLR station, underneath the station arches and right next to Limehouse Basin Marina.
We spoke to Sara, creator of Sugar for My Soul – a creative agency which organises bespoke artistic events in London – about her vision for the market and how the idea came about. The market, which is currently held on the last Saturday of each month, is a place for members of the local Limehouse community to come together and socialise, whilst at the same time sharing in delicious food and drinks (obviously). Since a significant number of the local community are dog owners, there was a dog fancy dress competition the afternoon that we were there – we have to say it’s the first time we’ve seen a dog dressed as a pumpkin driving a car.
After having a delicious ‘Witches’ Blood’ cocktail from the Sugar for my Soul Bar (everything was of course Halloween themed), we took a look around the stalls and tried to decide what to have for lunch. This took quite some time since everything looked delicious! Eventually we decided on Curry Cook House, who were serving up naan wraps and salad boxes with a choice between lamb kebab, malai chicken and veggie pakora. We opted for a salad box of the malai chicken and a veggie pakora naan wrap – pakora is a combination of deep fried veggies (aubergine, chickpeas, courgette etc) to make a delicious bhaji type thing. This was put into a lightly toasted naan wrap with lettuce, salad and mango, mint and chilli chutney with a drizzle of natural yoghurt. If you happen to see a Curry Cook House stall anywhere we would definitely recommend!
If you like Turkish delight then you also need to get yourself down to the market to try the rose flavoured Turkish delight from Oh My Gozleme – we would literally describe it as ‘the best Turkish delight we’ve ever tried’.
The non-food stalls were just as fun and quirky – for example, The Hats Project, which was selling the coolest (and softest) winter beanies, which just the week previously had been featured on MIC. On the hunt for a Halloween costume, we also stopped at Zoofold, an awesome stall which sold hats/ masks of different animals. What’s great about them is that they don’t cover your face and just sit on the top of your head. These are perfect for fancy dress or just as a cool decoration for your house. The lady at the stall even spent 15 minutes putting my mask together for me without charging me any extra.
Overall, the market was a great afternoon out. The family (and dog) friendly atmosphere is the market’s defining quality – everyone we spoke to was lovely and happy to help or just stop for a chat. The added touches like the people dressed in Halloween costumes gave the market an added sense of fun and festivity. We think Limehouse Basin Social Market is a great project and one that other areas of London could definitely benefit from in terms of bringing the community together, something that Londoners don’t do enough of these days. Plus, the food was amazing. The next date the market is on will be the 26th November so make sure you pop down and check it out!