Our Favourite London Markets

As March is our ‘Made in Britain’ month I thought I would share  some of my favourite places in London where you can get the best local produce from all over the UK! My team and I have come up with a list of our favourite weekend hang out spots that support local farmers, makers and artisans. Visiting these markets always leaves us feeling excited, full of energy and inspired about what can be created on our own soil in a sustainable and friendly manner!

 Stoke Newington Organic Farmers Market

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One of my favourite places to visit on a Saturday morning is the famers market on Stoke Newington High Street. This market is packed full of stalls selling only organic produce. Apparently this market is the only totally organic certified market in London!  One of my favourite things to do is to visit the milk man to pick up some of his amazing fresh raw milk. I also love to try all his different types of raw yogurts and his extra-large duck eggs (which are totally amazing!) He always looks so healthy and when I asked him why, he said its because he has a cup of raw milk every day for breakfast! 

Columbia Road Flower Market 

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My best Sundays are the Sundays when I get up really early to beat the crowds at Columbia Road Flower Market. This market tends to get pretty busy but if you manage to go at about 8 or 9 you can beat the crowds and let your eyes feast on the delight of all the beautiful colours. The other day, when I was running around the market, I met a man who said that he normally arrives at around 4 in the morning and is ready to start selling at 6! So apparently you can get there even earlier if you are a super energetic early bird. 

As amazing as going there super early is, I also love going at 3 in the afternoon when the stands are packing up and the sellers are starting to give away their best bargains! I heard that the stall holders don’t want to take a single flower back with them by the end of the day.  It’s great to go and look at all the colors and textures of all these wonderful plants. This market makes me very happy.

Broadway Market 

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Broadway market is am amazing place as it is so full of energy, vibrancy and it is the pinnacle of what London farmers markets are all about! There are buskers on the street and a vast amount of good food and interesting products to browse. I recommend taking a stroll down Regents Canal and visiting London Fields while you are in the area! 

Chatsworth Road Market

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There is an amazing fish stand at Chatsworth Road market that sells amazingly good quality fish at a really reasonable price. When I once asked him how he manages to sell his fish at such good value, he said it’s because when fish is bought in the right way, it does not need to be expensive. It’s all suitably sourced and extremely good quality! 

There is also a really amazing vintage clothes stall, with mainly French 50s, 60s and 70s items at really reasonable prices. Jess often gets really good vintage pieces there! When she goes to Chatsworth Road, she also always visits Wayside Community Centre Charity Shop, which almost always has some amazing bargains! 

Queens Park Farmers Market

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 I sometimes visit this market when I am staying in West London. The reason why I love this market so much is because I discovered the best gluten free bread in London at this market. This stand has mastered the gluten free recipe and it is just divine. Though beware the bread does usually sell out by around 11am! SO getting there early is the trick for this one! 

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I’m back from my travels in Thailand and Taiwan!

I have just got back from an amazing trip in Thailand and Taiwan. I have seen beautiful temples, drank amazing tea and seen the most lush, green nature I think I have ever seen in my whole life. 

Here are some pictures that speak louder than words… but still don’t speak loud enough to portray the immense beauty of these special places. 

I’m Travelling in Asia from Dec 2015 until Feb 2016!

The time has come for me to escape the hustle and bustle of London and embark on a creative journey in search of new inspiration and materials for paintings. What better way to start 2016, than with some winter sun, yoga and meditation.  

It’s these journeys that inspire me and give me the ideas to produce new and exciting work. Traveling to new places, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people helps shape the way my creativity unfolds on the canvas.

On this trip I will be touring Taiwan and Thailand, visiting Tea houses, temples and being at one with nature. Throughout my trip I will be documenting the wonders I see, sketching, drawing and painting anything that catches my attention.

You can follow my journey on Instragram where I will be posting little moments, insights, pieces of art, interesting textures and anything beautiful I encounter along the way. I hope you enjoy these little snippets of inspiration – have a peek into the many wonders that fire my creative spirit!