Heron Square, Richmond upon Thames, TW9 1EP
Parking at Whittaker Avenue Car Park
Sat 11am-4pm (Foodies) Sun 10.30am-5pm (Artisan)
The good folk at Duck Pond run a number of markets across London with their flagship event being in Ruislip. The weekend market in Richmond is a much smaller affair with about 30-40 stalls on a Sunday and around 20-25 every Saturday. Saturday is designated as a foodie market and artisans are to the fore on a Sunday, but in reality there’s a good mix of food and artisan products on both days.
Sheltered within this charming square you can find a number of jewellers selling their own designs, colourful handmade purses, a local artist selling photographic images and a company offering all kinds of lamps and jewellery made from recycled scientific equipment and watch parts, including cufflinks made from old typewriter keys. One textile artist makes handmade fabric creations from masks to soft toys, cushions to bunting. One of the most interesting stalls specialises in vintage and collectable jewellery and tableware with anything from an antique hat pin to a sterling silver gravy boat. For those looking to treat a furry friend, there’s also a pet stall with lots of dog and cat themed gifts and fancy pet foods. At the entrance to the market, don’t miss the display of Tim Shel Design wooden chairs which are beautiful, hand-made and are priced accordingly. Each week the mix of traders is slightly different, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are all products are ethically and sustainably made.
Food is always on the menu here with a great choice of street food including Mexican and Columbian delicacies and lots of pies, pastries, brownies, cakes and breads to eat on the go or take away to enjoy at home. The Aroma Organic selection of sausage rolls and pies are particularly apertising and if meat is your thing there is always Griddly Greens that offer free range burger, sausage or bacon sandwiches.
Heron Square is a prefect location for the market with enough places to sit and relax with your food. The market might not have a duck or a pond, but if you walk through the opposite arch you can get a great view of the Thames flowing past.
This feature is taken from our forthcoming book:
by Andrew Kershman