The Blue is the heart of Bermondsey with a history spanning many centuries. The name comes from the Blue Anchor pub which is depicted in ancient form on a map of the area, dating back to 1695.
It's a unique place which cannot be found on any map but is arbitrarily defined by a five-minute walk in any direction from the Blue Market. London's first railway terminal at Spa Road in the 1830's brought commerce to the area, clock work and food manufacturing flourished and becoming known as London's larder with over two hundred stalls lining the road.
In recent times the Blue Market continues to play a central role in bonding this increasingly diverse community together and on market days it is animated by people going about their daily business engaging in small important social interactions that strengthen a constantly evolving local identity which comprises an ever-changing web of global culture.