Located in one of the arches under the railway line, Secondo is a delightful cafe and second hand clothing emporium. The arch is crammed with all manner of retro clothing, furnishings, there's even a caravan and a dinky bubble car! The menu is great and customers can request bigger portions if required to give strength to sort through the vast selection of vintage and retro clothing. A DJ plays music from the 1950s and 1980s in the caravan on Friday and Saturday evenings. Great idea, great place.
I wanted to recommend my local high street. It's a few minutes walk from the tourist chaos of the London Eye and County Hall but worth checking out.
Walk through the Leake Street tunnel (passing under Waterloo Station) which is has over 100m of graffiti. Artists are free to work here and there's a mix of classic style, stencil, logos, obligatory tagging, one-off scupltures and even knitted graffiti.
Leake Street leads to Lower Marsh with it's daily fruit and veg market, plenty of independent shops, cafes, eateries pubs and bars. Books, bondage gear, London's best classical and jazz CD shop, vintage clothing boutiques, a scooter repair shop/cafe (or is that the other way around?) to a knitters paradise and a train spotters book shop - you can even buy yourself a flute.
Weekdays are a mix of lunching workers and shopping locals. Keep walking and you get to Waterloo Road and The Cut, with the Old and Young Vic theatre
Near London Eye, County Hall, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North tube.
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