Exploring London – Maltby Street

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I dare say I know the Little Venice and the canals of London quite well, but I still discover new fascinating areas of London.

Following the launch of our Afternoon Teas, supplied by the highly acclaimed Beas of Bloomsbury, I was interested in Bea’s latest development, Beas Diner in the Maltby Street area. So last Saturday, with a couple of hours to spare before setting the boat up, I took the tube over to London Bridge where its a short walk to Maltby Street.

Arrving early I wasn’t too sure what I was supposed to be looking at. No vibrant street market, but a row of railway arches housing anything from used tyre depots to breweries. It doesn’t get much more varied than that!

Before 9am it was difficult to find anything open so when I spotted the Monmouth Coffee Company I was straight in there for a freshly made latte and croissant. When I say Freshly made, it can’t be more fresh, as this is their coffee roasting factory during the week, while on Saturday mornings it opens to the public as a coffee shop with mountains of very high quality croissants and pastries piled up on the counter. Standing by the coffee roasting machines and observing the growing crowd, appearing from nowhere only minutes after the doors opened, it was obvious that something very special is happening here. Next door the wine shop was dusting down their tables, not quite open yet, while round the corner people were appearing with their selection from an amazing range of specialised breads from the St Johns Bakery in the adjacent Druid Street arches.

Almost next door is Beas Diner, where a busy staff were setting up – and Bea hersef working hard in the open kitchen, conjuring up plates of buttermilk pancakes and the biggest fluffiest French toast imaginable, topped with roasted strawberries and fresh cream. I do wish I hadn’t had that croissant earlier!

Only three hours later, Bea’s twitter feed told us that the diner was closed, after selling our of everything. What a success story! And whilst this activity is all limited to Saturdays only, at night Beas diner makes the most of the day and turns into a popup cinema, showing classic movies accompanied by Beas cooking. If you come to see Breakfast at Tiffanys on May 29th don’t forget to make room for some of that French toast!!