Crafty Fox Market: 1st June 2019

At the weekend my sister and I visited the Crafty Fox Market (http://www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk) on Saturday. The market runs at Mercato Metropolitano in South London once a month on both Saturday and Sunday, with different stall holders on each day.

The actual market was a lot smaller than I thought it would be, but the stalls that were there were selling lovely, high quality items. There were only a few stalls I wasn’t really interested in, but that was only because they weren’t my style, not because they weren’t selling great stuff. We did purchase a few things. I bought a card and my sister bought some pencils from Oh Squirrel (http://www.ohsquirrel.co.uk), my sister also bought some baby shower presents from HexNex Jewellery (http://www.hexnex.co.uk) and a necklace from Relic the Jeweller (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/relicthejeweller). All three ladies who were running these stalls were very approachable and engaged us in conversation, which was very welcoming and encouraged us to buy from them.

As part of the market there was a workshop being run by Samantha Warren who creates printed accessories (http://www.samanthawarren.co.uk). The workshop was to make a wax resist card. You drew a design on card in white wax crayon and then painted over it with a wash of watercolour paints. Where the wax was applied the paint didn’t stick and your design was revealed. It was a really fun, quick workshop and reminded me of being a child as we used to do that with my Mum. Samantha was really friendly and talked through what to do clearly with a demonstration. We popped in to the workshop when it looked quiet and we were probably only in there for about 10 minutes. It was a nice little rest from the bustle of the market. We left our pieces to dry and then picked them up after lunch. According to the Crafty Fox Market website there were two workshops running on the Sunday, one free and another you had to book in advance.

Mercato Metropolitano (https://www.mercatometropolitano.com/) is between Borough and Elephant and Castle tube stations. Elephant and Castle also has a train station. The venue was quite hidden away. I felt like you had to know it was there, it wasn’t a place you would just stumble across. But inside was a fantastic array of street-food style eateries with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. We started our visit with a smoothie from the Vegan Shack and after strolling around the market and trying out the workshop we shared a pizza from Fresco and then headed to the Gelato Lab for an ice cream. The gelato was so good and another visitor even came over to ask where we had got them! The only thing we struggled to find was a normal soft drink. In the end we bought some fruit cordial but they were very expensive at £6.50 for two. In fact a lot of the food was quite expensive. It was all artisan and prepared on-the-spot, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind if you are planning a visit.

The weather this weekend was beautiful! The sun was out and the temperature was lovely. I think this really added to the vibe of the venue and by lunch time the outside areas were packed with people enjoying food and cocktails. Whether you’re going to the Crafty Fox Market or just heading there to enjoy some food, drink and live music I would recommend arriving early to bag a seat as it’s clearly a popular place to hang out. I’m looking forward to attending my next Crafty Fox event; one of their summer night markets in Brixton which they are holding once a month from June to September. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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