The statue, by English sculptor Francis Bird, has been standing on the balcony of the quirky Italian styled old town hall (Market House) since 1840 and she’s witnessed a fair amount of change. The most recent being the transformation of the area in June 2014. Out with the cluttered street furniture, old style stalls and worn brick paving and in with a light, airy and open design based around socialising, shopping, food and entertainment. The Market Place is no longer a thoroughfare, it’s a destination and a worthy setting for Kingston’s arts and festivals.
The market is open 7 days a week selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, food and more. There is a collection of small cafes selling international dishes (see below). The market is host to festivals and events throughout the year including food festivals, music events, night markets and vintage markets.
To find out more about events, the stalls and the traders visit the Kingston Markets’ website
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Close to the river. Behind All Saints Church. Close to Clattern Bridge, the Rose Theatre and on High Street. Post code KT1 1JS.
Traditional fresh fruit and vegetable stalls.
Pop up cafes selling international food.
Special events jewellery, gifts, vintage clothes, Christmas markets – see Kingston Markets’ website for latest information.
All Saints Church: www.allsaintskingston.co.uk
Shops: Laura Ashley, Patisserie Valerie, The Druid’s Head pub, NatWest Bank, Next, Costa (in Next), Lipsy, Clas Ohlson, The white Company, Jack Wills, Hotter, Rymans, Kaleido, GNC, Joules, Costa, Timpsons, Greggs, Toni & Guy, Lush, Food for Thought, HQ Hairdressers, Comptoir des Cottoniers, Reiss, Sweaty Betty, Fired Earth, Sweet Revenge.
Dee’s mother is a passionate cook who has never been afraid to dabble with new ingredients and recipes, which inspired Dee’s love of cuisine. His early career blossomed under some of the best and most demanding chefs in Britain and saw him spend long periods of time in Italy, where food is central to life. This creative background has led to a love of the perfect pie, which has won Dee many awards.
It was always NAMU’s dream to bring the taste of Japan to Kingston’s Ancient Market and this dream has been realised with a stall that offers an amazing assortment of fresh, enticing fish, meat and irresistible mouth-watering Japanese dishes. The menu includes: gyoza, tempura, udon, teriyaki and katsu dishes as well as Japanese curries.
Award-winning Head Chef Mohammed Tadimi is the creative force behind Exotic Tagine, which tempts foodies with delectable dishes such as classic lamb and chicken tagines, cracked wheat couscous, sesame seed and chickpea falafel, Moroccan wraps, handmade chilli harissa sauce and hummus.
Chilli Cha Cha
The imaginative and talented team at Chilli Cha Cha produce exquisite “East meets West” food such as masala curry, mouth-watering fiery Biryani, crispy Samosas, home-made sauces and an array of tempting wraps based on chicken tikka, peri-peri chicken and even Halloumi.
Freefrom Artisan Foods
This trader specialises in gluten and dairy-free baked goods, cakes and bread, plus quiches, tarts, and soda bread mixes and granolas. Many products are also egg-free and made with no-added sugar, refined ingredients or artificial additives, yet all are extremely tasty. There’s also a selection of hot snacks on offer such as the popular gluten and lactose-free toastie and a vegan brunch.
Launched by sister and brother team, Joo Lee and Sukho Lee, KORRITO offers the mind-blowing and mouth-watering combination of authentic Korean BBQ in burritos, warming rice bowls and healthy salad boxes. The traders are passionate about healthy eating and use the freshest highest quality British free-range meats. The marinades contain Korean pears to provide a natural sweetness; and the home-made Kimchi is loaded with natural probiotics and vitamins.
La French Cabine
French Chef and patron Anthony Crema is originally from Brittany and has more than 25 years’ experience serving fancy French food. By using fresh local ingredients, which are seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced, Anthony provides tasty dishes year-round, all with a certain “Je ne sais quoi”!
Feeling and looking good is the name of the game at Nature’s Goodness and juicing fans will love the simple yet healthy, tasty, nutritional juices on offer. The traders use raw, fresh, living ingredients which are juiced and blended to order in their whole food state, with no additives, preservatives or dairy, offering a delicious juice which is packed with antioxidants, raw enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
The French Comté
Specialising in cheeses en charcuterie from the Jura mountains in the east of France, The French Comté offers carefully chosen delicacies from the best suppliers the region has to offer. Try the award winning Comté, the varied range of saucissons and the staff’s favourites of Bon Grivois, Cacouyard or Val de Loue.
Leading off the Ancient Market Place:
Church Street leading on to Market Place: JD Sports, Carphone Warehouse, Accessorize, Scribbler, Hotel Chocolat, Offspring, L’Occitane, EE Mobile, The Kooples, O2, Jones, Thomas Cook, East, Whistles,
Thames Street leading onto the Market Place : Blacks, Edinburgh Woolen Mill, The entertainer, Subway, Jojo Maman Bebe, Shake Away, Rohan, Kath Kidston, Local Hero (cafe), Chelsea Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Lakeland, Halfords, TK MAX.