"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...
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.