I always have the best intentions when I hop on the train to London for a day of major retail therapy. And promptly shelf the idea after being sidetracked by the Partridges Food Market at Duke Of York Square. By the time I leave the market to do some "proper" shopping on King's Road, I'd be lugging bags of my most prized possessions (triple chocolate cookies, mini cupcakes, Italian cheeses, artisan bread etc etc) for the entire day until I get back home to Hampshire late at night. Oh well, the gorge fest the next day was worth the shoulder ache. The husband always shakes his head. "You spent an entire day in London and all you bought is FOOD?!." Guilty as charged. Sorry.
If you're like me and absolutely detest crowds but prefer to enjoy a lovely serene day at the market, I'd say, this is the place to do so. The Duke of York square is a large open space with plenty of benches to sit and people watch (and count designer bags) as you nibble on the lovely delights purchased from the market a few steps away. The kids love to run around and play with the water jets on the stone paving.
Yes, the market is situated amongst some of the world's most expensive real estate and the Duchess of Cambridge can often be seen shopping at Zara and along King's Road a few steps away but don't be put off by the poshness of its surroundings. The market stall owners are seriously passionate about their food and love to chat. It's not unusual for them to offer a little treat to Lil L when she comes along with me. They're also incredibly tolerant when an Asian woman sticks her large camera into their food (sorry but they're too pretty not to be photographed).
Partridges Food Market
Duke of York Square
London SW3 4LY
Market is open on Saturdays only
Tube: Sloane Square
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