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Saturday Food Markets, Chelsea

As the little one out of the Quirky London duo lives in Fulham I decided to meet up on her turf and let her show me around! After a leisurely lie in and a hearty breakfast at St Clements, her local cafe (I would highly recommend popping in if you’re near by) we set off to sample the delights of Chelsea, in particular, Duke of York Square Saturday Food Markets. This open air fine food market is open every Saturday from 10 until 4pm and offers a wonderful selection of artisanal and locally produced meat, fish, cakes, bread and much more.

We set off feeling fresh as daisies flitting in and out of interesting shops along the way but as the mid Summer sun began to beat down on us we were more than happy to finally reach our destination. Ginnie was the first to get distracted as her eyes turned towards a delicious smelling stall offering up boxes of Jamaican curry and Jerk chicken with rice.

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Ginnie decided a box of Jerk chicken with rice was the only way to recover from our rather sweaty walk into Chelsea

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A few nibbles of this dish gratefully came my way and I can confirm it was just as good as it smelled. A lovely combination of sweet plantain with pulled chicken in a spicy, sweet yet tangy marinade.

The Jamaican cakes looked pretty good too but I was saving myself for a very special looking ice cream I had spotted on the way into Chelsea… but more on that later!

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The crumble monkie cookie is also on my ‘To Try’ list for next time.

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I instead opted for a very refreshing looking drink of iced sugar cane to quench my thirst. They do some very mouth watering combinations, I definitely want to try the ginger and lime one on my next visit.

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As the stalls slowly began closing down we decided to wander back but not before stopping off to try the most beautiful looking ice cream I have ever seen at the wonderful Amorinos¬†on King’s Road. To say it appeals to the little girl in me would be an under statement! An ice cream in the shape of a flower!!

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With a range of interesting flavours I tried to go for the most colourful one, a mix of strawberry, chocolate, coconut and, to mix it up a bit, lemon grass. And I’m pleased to let you know it was indeed as good as it looked!

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On the walk back we noticed an unusual looking shop and decided to have a nose around.

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Wilde Ones is a fantastically kooky shop that instantly appealed to the hippy in me. Chrystals, gems, incense and dream catchers were some of the things on show. I also found a lovely cool little courtyard area at the back where I took a seat, old lady style, to cool down.

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Never one to resist a spiral staircase we headed down to see what else we could find… and weren’t disappointed. There was a great choice of beautiful rugs, belts and clothes for sale. I tried to convince Ginnie to try the multi-coloured blouse but I couldn’t twist her arm. I’ll have to buy it for her for Christmas as a surprise!

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I then spotted something much more exciting underneath. Of course I had to dive in….

 

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And so it was time to turn our feet in the direction of Ginnie’s flat, two tired but very happy explorers already planning our next quirky adventure in the Capital.

 

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