Saturday the sun finally made its London debut and the temperature rose to real summertime levels at last. The sky was almost sapphire and striped with jet stream clouds.
It seemed like a great day for an aimless walk around the neighbourhood, ending up at the wonderful Chelsea Food Market at Duke of York Square for some international nosh. After the miserable few weeks we’ve all had, the
relentless bad news, the cold and rainy weather, the topsy turvy politics, the insanity and death, I needed a moment to turn it all off and just enjoy a day full of light.
I’m thinking some of you may be feeling the same, so no big messages today, no information laden travel advice – just some nice pictures of a beautiful day to remind you that we really still do have them once in a while.
Stopped off first to watch people messing about in boats on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Then up the King’s Road for the Chelsea Food Market.
From Upmarket Groceries to a People’s Feast
Partridges, the very upmarket grocer, started it all with about 15 stall holders – mostly small producers – selling cheeses, handmade sweets and baked goods.
Now there are 70 who set out their wares every Saturday selling everything from Mexican and Argeninian food to fish and chips, fresh pasta, farm-assured meats and rather unusual Scotch eggs.
There’s even a Philly cheese steak stand for homesick tourists and Brits with adventurous tastes.
I stopped to watch some girls making Chinese dumplings and could not resist buying a box of five, freshly made, for myself.
Artists painting street scenes seemed to be all over the King’s Road on Saturday and several of them were trying to capture the buzz of the Market.
The team from Maldon Oysters were busy shucking oysters for the crowds. They looked spectacular but after a particularly bad bout with an oyster a few years ago, I couldn’t risk it. Still, you really can’t get them any fresher than these unless you pull them out of the oyster beds yourself:
The selection of mini-doughnuts at Cakehole was mind-boggling. I couldn’t resist the tiny ones filled with salted caramel cream and, as a matter of fact, I am polishing off the last of them right now.
The Chelsea Food Market, organised by Partridges, takes place every Saturday, year round, rain or shine, from 10am to 4pm. If you’re shopping along the King’s Road in London it’s a great place to people watch, to stop for a quick bite or to pick up some treats to take home.