The Beaufort Hotel sits in the heart of Chelsea and offers a chance for visitors to explore the city of London whilst experiencing the range of activities available in the area or further afield.
One such opportunity involves the local farmers’ markets, two in particular that are a relatively short walking distance from the hotel.
Chelsea Farmers’ Market
Chelsea Farmers’ Market, 125 Sydney Street, London SW3 6NR
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 8pm, Sundays 10am to 6.30pm.
Just off the bustling King’s Road sits Chelsea Farmers’ Market, a misnomer of a name for a market that isn’t actually a traditional farmers’ market. The permanent, purpose built shopping area has a collection of several organic supermarkets, cafes and bars as well as the popular Chelsea Gardener for gardening hobbyists.
There is also a selection of restaurants that provide a lively and sociable environment for visitors to the market to dine in increasingly trendy and fashionable locations.
Duke of York Square Farmers’ Market
Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
Opening times: Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
Located in Duke of York Square off King’s Road, this pedestrianised Saturday market sells everything from cupcakes to fine cheeses and a range of foods representative of global culture.
The market is regularly frequented by small artisan producers and family businesses that have existed since the founding of the market in 2005. It now offers a base for more than 150 speciality food producers to trade in Chelsea.
Both markets are a fantastic experience of London whilst representing the culture and diversity on offer, yet for those willing to venture a little further into central London, there is the perhaps London’s most renowned food market, Borough Market.
Borough Market (by London Bridge station), 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1
Opening times: Monday & Tuesdays, 10am to 5pm for food only, Wednesday-Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturdays 8am to 5pm for the full market.
With samples galore and a range of sweet and savoury dishes, Borough Market offers a lively environment to absorb the culture and diversity of London. Whether you like British, Italian or Indian food, freshly made smoothies or delicious chocolate brownies there is something for everybody.
Not only is it something of a foodie heaven, it also caters for those wishing to buy fresh produce; meats, fish and a range of seasonings from around the world.
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Concierge tip: The Beaufort currently has a January winter sale offer which offers a great opportunity to enjoy the above farmers’ markets while enjoying a spot of shopping (including a free £50 Harrods shopping voucher – terms apply).