The market takes place on a closed stretch of semi-industrial road bordering the canal, and once you've sated your bargain-hunting urge, the rest of the area is also well worth a look. For example the Hackney Pearl is a chilled and welcoming café bar lurking amid the industrial estates and artists' studios, and sells absolutely cracking cakes. We also spotted some stellar canal-side graffiti. And don't miss out on the free out-of-date bagels regularly going spare from the nearby bakery. When you’ve finished exploring, go and chill out in Victoria Park. Hackney Wick: full of surprises, all of them good.
By Brockley Kate
Hackney Wick Flea Market is held on White Post Lane, E9. Pitches are available; contact fleamarket [at] vinylpimp.co.uk.