One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is hang out in Chelsea. As well as my best friend Lisa living there, it is less busy than the rest of London during the weekend, with a distinct lack of tourists among the well dressed Chelsea-ites.
The Saatchi Gallery is particularly good - with often changing exhibitions, free entry and none of the usual queues buzzing around museums, this is a local gem.
They have a pretty surreal giant ant exhibition on at the moment..
And an amazing Media exhibition, by The Times - I couldn't believe that the below two are photographs taken by Times photographers in Libya/Afghanistan, the colours are breathtaking.
As well as other random arty bits..
Puts my doodling to shame!
A room filled with oil. Has been residing in the basement for a looong time now, but still serene and beautiful, worthy of a visit every time.
Being cultural is hungry work. Helpfully, just outside in Duke of York Square was the weekly Farmers Market. I LOVE this market - it's unique, not overly-busy or expensive, and all of the food is brilliant.
[Get the duck sandwich - you won't be disappointed]
We had a healthy-yet-delicious falafel wrap, and some amazing hand rolls from the sushi stall. (vaguely healthy, to make up for the ridiculously good, greasy Ranoush kebab that we had at 3am)
but all of the food is SO tempting - let the onslaught of food porn pictures begin!
^ This stall, Galeta has the BEST dessertss. Definitely try and grab a giant, £2 brownie before they are all gone.
For a relatively small market, the massive range of food on offer is very impressive. Everything from fresh root cane sugar juice, to the famous duck sandwiches, to oysters/lobster, to foreign fruit imported from Thailand (above), to the vast array of desserts (crepes, cakes, mini cakes, brownies, stuffed pancakes to name but a few).
(A truffle stall - major weakness!)
Some are true farmers (as above) who having home grown their produce, come to sell it to the stylish masses, some are families who can just cook really well.
A great place to go on the weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of central London, with all the perks of great food and none of the cons!