Wapping Docklands Market, London, is a new market that is poised to become a permanent fixture on the capital’s dining scene. This zero-waste market launched in autumn 2021 to great acclaim for its sustainable ethos and high-quality food. During your stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, we encourage you to visit the market and experience the food and energy for yourself. Here is a guide with all the information you need to know.
What is Wapping Docklands Market?
Wapping Docklands Market is a weekend market that takes place every Saturday in East London. The hours of operation are 10 am – 4 pm.
It is organised by Squid Markets who are committed to raising awareness of sustainable practices and promoting earth-friendly food and produce. Food, drink, and gift items are all available.
But even if you don’t want to buy anything, the market has an exciting atmosphere and is situated in an often overlooked part of the city.
In addition to Wapping Docklands Market, Squid Markets are behind the Canada Water Market (Sundays). They are also represented at the daily Borough Market next to London Bridge.
Where is Wapping Docklands Market?
Wapping Docklands Market is located in the Shadwell Basin, East London. It overlooks the tranquil patch of water while the River Thames is also in view as you browse the food stalls.
Situated a 10-minute walk from the market, Wapping is the closest London Overground Station. You can access the station by changing at Canada Water (Jubilee Line).
Shadwell and Limehouse are within the same walking distance and are served by the Docklands Light Rail (DLR). You can access the DLR from Bank London Underground Station. The hotels near Bayswater connect to Bank via the Central, District, and Circle lines.
Both the London Overground and DLR services accept payment via Oyster card and contactless payment.
What is there to eat at Wapping Docklands Market?
British and international cuisine is available at Wapping Docklands Market.
You will find a selection of Vietnamese, Indian, Mauritanian, German, and Middle Eastern food. There is a solid selection of meat, seafood, vegetarian, and vegan food on offer to suit all diets.
In terms of something sweet, ice cream and cakes are available.
You can also purchase coffee, soft drinks, and craft beers.
Traders do change frequently which means that there is always a surprise element to visiting this market. All traders are independent individuals and small businesses.
If you are saving yourself for afternoon tea near Hyde Park, consider splitting a dish with your travel companion so that you don’t miss out but can still enjoy your treat.
Besides grabbing food on the go, you can also pick up pantry items to take home.
Artisanal bread, baked goods, regional cheeses, fresh pasta, fruit, vegetables, and homemade marinades are widely available.
Visit the Topup Truck where you can buy staples such as rice, pasta, lentils, and beans without plastic packaging.
What else is sold at Wapping Docklands Market?
Although first and foremost a food market, Wapping Docklands Market does also represent traders who sell gift items.
Candles, soaps, flowers, journals, and art prints are a sample of what you can expect to find. All products are handmade and eco-friendly.
Essentially, if you’re staying in hotels near Bayswater and need to purchase souvenirs for your loved ones back at home, this is an excellent and offbeat shopping destination.
Does Wapping Docklands Market host events?
Wapping Docklands Market does host events such as live music. This is not guaranteed every Saturday but the chances are high.
If you want to check what’s on in advance, do follow the market’s social media channels. You can browse their latest posts from the comfort of your triple room in London and DM the team if you want to ask about live performances.
To coincide with British public holidays and national events you might also encounter special themed market days.
How to prepare for Wapping Docklands Market?
Because Wapping Docklands Market is founded on zero-waste principles, patrons are urged to adopt the mindset.
If you have your own reusable cutlery, coffee cups, and grocery bags, you are encouraged to take these with you.
But if these items slipped your mind when packing for your stay at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, do not worry. Traders are prepared with recyclable and biodegradable items.
You can carry cash and card. Most of the stalls accept payment by credit and debit cards. However, in case there are any technological problems, we recommended that you have a supply of cash as a backup.
What else can I do near Wapping Docklands Market?
Once you have surfed the food and gift stalls, you can enjoy a stroll around the area.
Before leaving your triple room in London with the family or your friends, ensure that everyone is wearing comfortable footwear. You can follow the river to Limehouse Basin which is scenic and features a kayak and canoe rental place.
Alternatively, you can follow the river path westward to St Katharine Docks Marina, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. These are some of London’s major sights and the stroll will help you walk off your meal before you go for your afternoon tea near Hyde Park.
Another option is that you can take the London Overground to Rotherhithe and then explore the Stave Hill Ecological Park and Surrey Docks Farm.
Canary Wharf is a short ride away on the DLR. This financial quarter is quiet at the weekend when the Stock Market and offices are closed. You can explore the waterways and admire the modern skyscrapers from up close. This is where you will find the Museum of London Docklands which is free to visit.
Besides the museum, Canary Wharf features countless restaurants, bars, and pubs as well as two shopping malls.
Is Wapping Docklands Market worth visiting?
As this article suggests, this zero-waste market is unique, exciting, and absolutely worth a visit. Especially if you enjoy experimenting with different food and supporting independent businesses.