A Floating Market Is Taking Over The Barges Along The Grand Union Canal

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A Floating Market Is Taking Over The Barges Along The Grand Union Canal

This summer sees the return of Paddington Central’s floating market, where local produce will be sold out of barges.

For five days only (August 14th–18th), Paddington Central’s canalside will be transformed into a bustling market, with barges turned to floating market stalls, all selling food and drink, including artisanal and organic produce from local farmers.


Wander along the Grand Union Canal and browse the stands, both on board the barges and from stalls along the towpath. You can expect to see goods such as fresh bread, cheese, and charcuterie being sold, as well as fresh fruit, veg and flowers. There’ll also be street food, because no London market would be complete without it.


There’ll be all sorts of wonderful products and vendors contributing to the lineup, including: stunning Italian bags courtesy of Rosamund; handmade terrariums from Deterra; hemp milk products from the Good Hemp (who have commandeered some GoBoats just for the occasion); delicious fresh bread from Bread Winners, a bakery that empowers refugees into employment; and crafted chocolate from NearyNogs.


Many of Paddington Central’s local retailers will also be getting involved in the fun, so get ready to try samples from the likes of London Shell Co, Darcie & May Green, Vagabond, etc.


There’ll be live music to get you dancing, with Mandolin Mondays, Wandering Hands, Camili Music, and Jazz Mino all popping up. Plenty of refreshments will keep you hydrated too; we’ve already heard a tantalising rumour about some self-serve wine bars. The floating market was a lovely day out last year, so we’re expecting even bigger and better things for 2019!

For more information, head to Paddington Central’s website

After more canalside adventures? Check out London’s lovely cafés, restaurants and pubs beside the water.

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