Meet the founders of Heron Hawker and Babelle at Up Market

"We always look forward to Up Market visiting us on Fridays and alternate Wednesdays - it's packed full of independent traders selling tasty treats, drinks, crafts, jewellery and everything in between."

 

We caught up with Rob Slade from Heron Hawker and Nicolas Wetter from Babelle to find out more about their offering at Up Market and what they love about One New Change...

Heron Hawker are terarrium and indoor plant specialists selling beautiful and hardy plant displays, which help to bring a little bit of green life into London.

 

Whether you're after something to freshen up a living space or your desk at work, we recommend paying the stall a visit. We chatted to Rob Slade, co-founder of Heron Hawker, to find out more about his passion for plants... 

What's the idea behind Heron Hawker and what made you set up the business? 

The idea is to create something beautiful out of things that don't require much attention. We know just how busy life is, so we track down the hardiest yet prettiest plants and succulents that will make a space look great. We started the business as a little side project, but it's taken off so well that it's now a full time thing. We deck out people's homes, bars and businesses! Tackling some of the briefs we get is really fun, but markets will always be my favourite part of the week.

What's your personal favourite indoor plant that you sell? 

We have a succulent that we tend to mix into a lot of our terrariums. It's called Portulacaria afra, otherwise known as Elephant Bush... because elephants love to eat them. 

What do you love about One New Change? 

It's such a nice space, I like the indoor/outdoor feel. I'm always tempted to leave the stall to go and have a bit of an explore. 

Tackling some of the briefs we get is really fun, but markets will always be my favourite part of the week.

How would you describe the atmosphere at Up Market at One New Change? 

There's a lot of energy at the market, and it tends to get really busy when people are on their lunch breaks. It's great to see people hunting down a tasty treat or a unique present for someone. As the stalls are dotted around I think people realise that the more time they spend browsing, the more interesting things they will find!

What's the best thing about working in the City? 

There's always such a mix of people and everyone's really inquisitive. We get a lot of questions and we're always happy to help out. The City has pretty much everything - now including terrariums! 

Babelle is a French-owned company specialising in Canelés - traditional delicacies from the Bordeaux region of France, with baked caramelized crusts and soft custardy hearts. 

 

If you have a sweet tooth, you'll definitely want to try one of the delicious flavours on offer! We asked Nicolas Wetter, founder of Babelle, about their dream-like French cakes and his love for the City...

What's the idea behind Babelle and what made you set up the business? 
 
The idea behind Babelle was to take a regional French sweet with a 350-year history and give it a modern cosmopolitan twist. What better place than London to do so! Using the traditional recipe, we have created a unique range of eclectic flavours and fillings inspired by the very best of international cuisine.
 
What's your personal favourite Canelé that you sell? 
 
My personal favorite is the raspberry coulis and white chocolate ganache Canelé. I think the balance is just right between the acidity of the raspberry and the caramelized crust - not too sweet, just right. I can’t stop!
 
What do you love about One New Change? 
 
One New Change is a wonderful place in the City where we have been given the great opportunity to showcase our products. It's the centre of a very cosmopolitan and thriving environment where we can meet with our audience and talk about what we do. It also has the best roof terrace in London and has great choices of restaurants. Its location near St Paul’s Cathedral makes it a must-visit when in London!
 
How would you describe the atmosphere at Up Market at One New Change?
 
The atmosphere is just right. There is a combination of the rush of the transactional and efficient world of the City and the warm and relaxed atmosphere of a village market. There's always a very interesting mix of people and at Babelle we have numerous returning customers who enjoy our creations throughout the seasons and make the most of our loyalty card.
 

There is a combination of the rush of the transactional and efficient world of the City and the warm and relaxed atmosphere of a village market.

What's the best thing about working in the City?
 
The best thing about working in the City is the feeling that it's possible to achieve more, to be better at what we do and to compete with very talented people. The City also has numerous cultural activities going on every day, which allow the people to live and work in a buzzing and rich environment. The City is also extraordinarily rich and diverse architecturally; we sometimes don’t look up but taking the time is worth it.