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 are streetfood vendors selling international dishes and outdoor seating. The market is host to festivals and events throughout the year including food festivals, music events, night markets and vintage markets. The Christmas Market is one of the biggest in the UK.
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.
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.
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.