Whitecross Street, the popular food market in east London, is serving up a banquet of entertainment this weekend at the 2nd annual Whitecross Street Party.
Subtitled, ‘Rise of the Non-Conformists’ this is the launch of a 4-week outdoor exhibition showcasing the hottest street artists in town. The area’s walls and rooftops will be transformed into a giant canvas, with arts and crafts demos and workshops around the festival.
For kids and families, there’s a chill-out zone with bouncy castle, human fruit machine and other silliness. Plus loads of live music and entertainment throughout the two-day shebang.
But of course, Whitecross Street is really all about the nosh, with some of London’s finest street eateries lining the parade and serving up a range of international cuisine. The Babes were at the event last year and that was our first memorable taste of cupcakes from Bea’s of Bloomsbury (OMG!), among other goodies.
Whitecross Street is one of London’s oldest street markets, first opened in the 17th century, and the specialist food trading has been central to its revival in recent years.
Head there on a Thursday or Friday for anything from healthy falafel by Hoxton Beach to succulent spit-roast meats in bread by Great Roasts of Sherwood.
Whitecross Street Party, London EC1 (Barbican/Old St tube) from 12-6pm (Jul 23-24). The general market is open Mon-Fri, (food market Thu-Fri) 11am-3pm.
Read our review of Whitecross Street Party 2010
Pic of Whitecross Street market via web site