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Knight Frank
London and Country specialist property buying agents
20 Mar 2017  |   Philip Eastwood

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The old saying used to go that if you spotted an unusual number of skips lining a London street, it was a sure-fire sign that the area was on the up. Today, it’s more a case that when a new farmers market establishes itself, that area isn’t just on the up, it’s arrived!

The chef and food writer Jamie Oliver is largely credited with putting Borough Market, London’s oldest fruit and veg market, on the map and today the area underneath the railway lines and arches in SE1 buzzes with life every Friday and Saturday. Since then, the number of upmarket farmers markets have mushroomed all over London and recent research carried out by an online property search company found out that buyers pay a premium of £87,000 (on figures nationwide) to live near an organic or locally-sourced food market. Those price increases are most likely driven by other factors but the presence of a market definitely points towards community vibrancy and a trendy, foodie destination.

Marylebone Farmers Market is one such example. It was established in June 2003 just as the Howard de Walden Estate was nearing the end of a 10-year programme to revitalise the high street.  Since that time a number of other family-owned estates have followed suit, with the Grosvenor Estate’s Pimlico Road farmers market and the Cadogan Estate’s Duke of York Square market. Northcote Road in Battersea has a food market which dates back to the 1860s. While it suffered decline in the 1990s, it has grown in popularity during the last decade thanks to the renewed interest in food provenance and some of the most recently established markets include the Wendell Park Farmers Market near Askew Road, in Shepherd’s Bush, and Black Lion Lane, just by the river in Chiswick.

Alongside other elements such as an organic butcher—the Ginger Pig chain, for example, are alert to spotting new trendy areas (Wanstead, E11 is their latest opening)—markets help develop a community spirit in an area and as well as that increasingly important village feel which is a key consideration for some of our buyers in London. But their popularity is also driven by an increasing awareness of the younger generation to pay attention to what you eat. Not so long ago, it was frowned upon for a man to eat a salad at lunch. Now it’s all about healthy eating and working out!

This is our round-up of the best London farmers markets:

Marylebone Farmers Market

Where: Cramer Street Car Park

When: Saturday & Sunday

Pimlico Road Farmers Market

Where: Orange Square

When: Saturday & Sunday

South Kensington Farmers Market

Where: Bute Street

When: Saturdays

Chelsea Fine Food Market

Where: Duke of York Square

When: Saturdays

Bloomsbury Farmers Market

Where: Torrington Square/Byng Place

When: Thursdays

Earls Court Farmers Market

Where: St Cuthbert with St Matthias School

When: Sundays

Notting Hill Farmers Market

Where: Kensington Church Street (behind Waterstones)

When: Saturdays

Parsons Green

Where: Thomas’s Academy, New King’s Road

When: Sundays

Chiswick

Where: Black Lion Lane

When: Saturdays

Brook Green Market & Kitchen

Where: Addison Primary School

When: Saturdays

Wimbledon Park Farmers Market

Where: Wimbledon Park Primary School

When: Saturdays

Barnes Farmers Market

Where: Essex House, Station Lane

When: Saturdays

Northcote Road, Battersea

Where: Northcote Road, SW11

When: every day

Covent Garden Farmers Market

Where: Indoors and outdoors depending on season

When: Thursdays and Saturdays

Queen’s Park Farmers Market

Where: Salusbury Primary School

When: Sundays

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