After an enforced closure and a shift to an open-air spot because of the coronavirus outbreak, Canopy Market is back in its original King’s Cross home – one of a number of returning markets in the capital. The cute covered market, which has become a hit since beginning a regular service in 2017, is back to sell independent crafts, street food, and artisan homeware, and we reckon there’s no better place to spend a Sunday. [Featured image: @canopy_market]
Canopy Market is found beneath the glass and steel of the Victorian West Handyside Canopy, just across Granary Square from Coal Drops Yard. (It had been moved for the summer as the market space was being used as a car park for key workers in the area.) In the age of Covid-19, safety measures such as hand sanitiser units around the site, enhanced cleaning, social distancing measures, and more cycle spaces to encourage visitors to bike there, have been put in place.
When you pay a visit to Canopy Market, you can expect to catch the likes of Crosstown Doughnuts, gluten-free bakery Noodo, and fresh fruit and veg from Turnips. The raft of traders includes those offering arts, crafts, jewellery, homeware, fashion, ceramics, and much more, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to leave with a shiny new trinket or two. It’s a brilliant chance to support small and local businesses who’ve seen their sales dry up as a result of the pandemic, and having visited several times myself, I can assure you that you’re going to covet pretty much all of it.
Happily, one thing hasn’t changed about Canopy Market despite the pandemic: it’ll still be entirely free to attend. You can also expect the intoxicating mix of street food outlet, craft beer bars, and live music acts that made afternoon and evening visits such a treat. Heaven is wandering round a market, street food in hand – so why not pay a visit?
Location: Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ. Nearest station is Kings Cross. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 11am-7pm (Friday), 11am-6pm (Saturday), 12-6pm (Sunday).
Entry: free! (See more free things to do in London.)
More information: on their website.
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