Mike Collins is to build on his success running Bermondsey Antiques Market by trialling a night antiques market during the summer.
It will follow on from the Friday market in
Bermondsey Square from 3pm to 10pm with live music to give it all a
This is what Bermondsey has been waiting for
and will surely lead to new business, with market stalls picking up
customers from the hyper-gentrified Bermondsey Street and
surrounding area as they gather for drinks and dinner.
"We have encouraged restaurants and bars in
the square to be actively involved in the night market and
hopefully this will forge closer links with local residents and
businesses in the area," said Mike. "If it's a success we'll follow
it up with a Christmas event plus dates in 2014."
Meanwhile, since Sherman & Waterman,
market operators, of which Mike is a director, took over the
running of the market for Southwark Borough Council on March 1,
occupancy levels have increased an astonishing 300%.
Mike describes the first three months as "a
baptism of fire", with rain, sleet, snow and wind, but he also
describes them as "an inspirational and enlightening journey… the
dealers have generously embraced unconditionally our intrusion into
what has for many years been a market regulated by the dealers
Many of the dealers now at Bermondsey come
from Mike's stable who stand at Spitalfields and Covent Garden
markets. As well as the silver and jewellery for which Bermondsey
is famed, the market has now burst out into mid-century furniture,
ceramics, art, ephemera, antiquarian books and vintage fashion.
"The market is very much a work in progress and I strongly
believe we are seeing the advent of a new era in the timeline of
this most historic of markets," said Mike. A remark with which the
hard core of dealers at the market and I utterly agree.