Early morning on our 2nd day in London, we walked over to Church Street Market. Its 750m away and takes a short 10 minutes walk past Edgware (Bakerloo line) station. It is a typical morning market you’ll find elsewhere in other countries albeit it closes late in the evening. The market is the whole length of Church street and is open only to pedestrians. It operates from Mondays to Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Here you’ll find stalls selling vegetable, meat, seafood, and fruit being the usual daily requirements apart from stalls selling clothing, fabric, kitchen utensils, costume jewelry, lighting products and others. There are also a handful of Halal take away food stalls that cooks up delicious dishes.
Church Street Market.
Walking route from Tune Hotel to Church Street Market.
Various sea food.
The colours of fresh vegetables … green, red, orange, yellow, purple, etc.
Demonstration of kitchen tools to cut, slice, peel, shred, chop your vegetables.
Not having visited a Japanese garden before, we took this opportunity to visit the Kyoto Garden within Holland Park. As of April 2016, Holland Park underground station is closed for upgrading works and as such, we got off at Notting Hill Gate and took a short couple of minutes bus ride. From the bus stand it’s about 50m to the entrance of Holland Park. On the way, you’ll pass posh residences as evident by expansive cars parked in-front of the houses.
Holland Park is a 22.5 hectares garden with children’s playground facilities, sports areas, cafeteria and areas of woodland with wildlife. Contained within the park, is the beautiful Kyoto Garden, a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991 to commemorate the long friendship between Japan and Great Britain.
The peaceful Kyoto Garden is a hidden gem of a small section of Japan inside an English setting. The garden is beautifully designed with a pond, colourful plants, shrubs and water features to reflect the traits of a Japanese garden, including stone lanterns, tiered waterfalls and plenty of carps.
The setting is lovely because it is quite secluded, calm and serene. It has many benches to sit and relax. The garden itself isn’t big and you’ll be able to walk around it in fifteen minutes. As you walk up the stairs to the garden, just follow the path and walk around the garden, over the bridge and see some seriously huge carps in the pond. Along the path there is a plaque commemorating the presentation of the Kyoto Garden to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Below are pictures of the garden and no captions required to express the charm of the garden.
We were at Kyoto Garden early in the morning on a working day, thus no crowd at all. We got the whole park almost to ourselves. This isn’t true if it’s on a holiday, weekend or during summer. So plan your visit accordingly.
Reached Holland Park, London.
Holland Park is a posh residential area with lots of expansive cars parked by the road side.
Entrance to Holland Park. Kyoto Garden is a section within the park.
Streak of aircraft contrail seen from Holland Park.
This way to Kyoto Garden.
Kyoto Garden within Holland Park, London.
Big carps guarding coins in the pond.
Plaque commemorating the presentation of the Kyoto Garden to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
Location of Holland Park to the tube station as well as Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. Click to enlarge.
After visiting Kyoto Garden, we proceeded to Shepherd’s Bush Market by bus from Holland Park, which takes about 10 minutes. If you’re coming by tube, ensure you get off at Shepherd’s Bush Market and not at Shepherd’s Bush station. Like Edgware Road, Shepherd Bush caters to much of the needs of the Muslims community. Numerous halal outlet are found here along the road to the market and at the market, you can obtain halal meat. On the way there, we stopped by a halal confectionery shop for breakfast to have a taste of genuine English-made cakes and cookies.
Opened since 1914, Shepherd’s Bush Market is a historical landmark in West London. The market has long became a one stop shop for the local community gaining a reputation as one of the most diverse locations this side of London. It houses over 90 traders and is opened Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm. It is located between Shepherd’s Bush Market & Goldhawk Road Underground stations.
Freedom of expression before Brexit.
Shepherd’s Bush town.
Convenient bus connection in town. The market is about 100m away.
Cakes for breakfast.
Yummy donuts and cookies.
The trade at Shepherd’s Bush Market is similar to Church Street market we visited earlier today, although the traders here has permanent stalls. They sell wide varieties of goods, including fresh produce, meat, cooked food, music CDs, household goods, furnishings, clothing, fabrics, etc. You’ll find souvenirs like fridge magnets much cheaper here than in shops elsewhere.
Like Church Street Market, the Shepherd Bush Market as the name suggest, is a market. Not much different to any other market in other countries. In my opinion, if you are short of time, you would not miss much if these two places are not in your itinerary especially, if you had or planning to visit Portobello Street Market.
Entrance to Shepherd’s Bush Market. The Shepherd’s Bush Market tube station is right across the road. The first stall on the left sells halal Falafel.
Overview of stalls at Shepherd’s Bush Market.
Ladies clothing and begs.
Local and imported fruits.
Fresh seafood are available.
The tube passing overhead the stalls. This section of the tube, is above-ground.
Shepherd’s Bush Market tube station. Two doors from this entrance to the left is Rooster’s Grill which serve delicious chicken meals and two door more is Fisherman’s Hut serving sea food. Both are halal eateries.