Tuesday, 2 April 2013

New Discoveries at Chatsworth Road E5

People who know Chatsworth Road and Chatsworth Road Market are avid admirers. Not only has the Sunday market gone from strength to strength, the high street has also been transformed. Ghetto chic sums parts of it up. What's so unique is how locals have claimed disused spaces and shops to offer something truly unique. It's a place that has a real sense of community and as i learned on Sunday, you never quite know what you'll find! 

It happened by sheer accident. Normally I enter from the Clapton end, but this time i got lost and entered from Homerton. First discovery! The Mini-Mini-Yeah-Yeah Market open every Sunday, at Chatsworth Palace. They've been posting events on ILM for a while, but so far i've never managed to find it. Very happy I did! Run by local Kevin, it's a petite and demure affair that needs to be bigged-up a bit!

A collection of clothing and jewellery, books and a music stall, as well as Chatsworth's very own Japenese Cafe, where you can indulge in some sushi or miso soup. You can also get a cup of English tea or coffee too. In addition to a collection of great stalls, you can also admire the current exhibition, by music photographer, David Corio. He spent the 80s and 90s rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bob Marley, the Fugees and Marvin Gaye. You can catch a glimpse in these pics.

The next discovery was Olivia's Closet found in the most unexpected setting of Chatworth Road's old public toilets. It's an excellent and quirky use of a disused public space. Something that Chatsworth seems to be very good at. I don't think anyone can resist going in and having a gander.

Vintage Toilet takeover at Chatworth Road Market

Another random edition was this little boot-sale-stall set-up, outside the old Snooker Hall (left).

Also situated down the Homerton end of the market are Furnish and Sanderson Sweeting Antiques. Both East End purveyors of antiques, furniture, knick-knacks and curiosities. 

My stomach was also delighted to stumble across 
Cakey Muto, the best place in Chatsworth for some rock 'n' roll, glittery cupcakes! Or why not stop for a slice and cuppa.

All this was discovered before I'd even hit the fabulous Chatsworth Road Market. Happy Days indeed!
Chatsworth Road Market, Hackney
Enjoying a Sunday stroll at Chatsworth Road Market, Hackney

To find out more search all shops and stalls listed in the Chatsworth Road Market Directory. Enjoy and let us know how you get on! The only thing we're missing is a photo contest entry for Chatsworth Market - get snapping!

Loving London's Markets.

Katie Ingham
I Love Markets