See what all the fuss is about at The Nine Elms Sunday Market, where the Sabbath has never been less restful, as by 11:00 each Sunday space under the grey shed is teaming with over 1000 stalls and a hardcore contingency of bargain hunters.
This crowded and chaotic shopping experience requires patience and pacing. The best way to access the market is through the car park of the adjacent Sainsbury’s. Go gung-ho searching for cheap clothing fit for customising and brigades of army surplus goods, while random obsolete mobile phone chargers still litter stalls despite their innocuous capabilities. Nine Elms is rife with bootlegs—some convincing, some not so—‘designer’ bags, trainers and jeans best approached with a critical eye. Never trust the toiletries, and be aware that the huge range of power tools and heavy plant machinery were probably nicked from out of the back of a local van.
Besides its occasionally dubious credentials, Nine Elms Sunday Market is a slice of market life well worth travelling south of the river for. You’ll find great bargains if you’ve got the strength to fight for them. Otherwise the best way to join the community is round the food stalls, where extended families enjoy spit roast hog or curried goat together.