Markets in London
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London is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods or sell different things on different days. Most open very early in the morning and close early or late afternoon.
 City of London covered markets
These markets have ancient origins and connections with the City of London. Some have moved from their original locations within the city boundaries but continue to be operated by the Corporation of London:
- Billingsgate Market, a fish market, relocated in 1982 to Billingsgate Market, Poplar. The original river facing building is now used as a hospitality and events venue called Old Billingsgate Market.
- Leadenhall Market, a food-centred market, continues to operate with many of the market spaces converted to retail outlets.
- Smithfield Market is a meat market that was originally a live cattle market.
- Spitalfields Market, a food market which relocated in 1991 to New Spitalfields Market, Leyton. The original market site is still used as a market selling food and general goods and is part of a revival of the surrounding area.
 Famous markets outside the City
These are other wholesale markets and those popular with tourists, mainly in Central London:
- Bermondsey Market is located on Tower Bridge Road in Bermondsey, South London, and deals primarily with antiques.
- Brick Lane Market, known locally as "The Lane", located at the northern end of Brick Lane and along Cheshire Street in East London. It sells food and general "junk" goods.
- Camden Lock Market, usually referred to simply as "Camden Market", is located beside Regent's Canal in Camden Town, North West London. It sells general goods, music, collectables, military-surplus, jewelry, incense and clothing.
- Camden Passage Market, on Islington High Street and Camden Passage. Two markets dealing in antiques and collectables. Wednesdays and Saturdays are good to visit for the antiques, thursday is the book market, more recently fashion/accessories stalls come on fridays and mixed craft/fashion/antiques on sundays.
- Columbia Road market is a flower market located between Bethnal Green and Shoreditch in East London.
- Covent Garden Market lies between The City and the West End, now relocated to New Covent Garden Market, Vauxhall. The market contains vendors of jewelry, speciality soaps, tourist souvenirs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The original building is now a shopping and tourist area with some shops.
- Petticoat Lane Market is located on Wentworth Street and Middlesex Street in East London, and sells clothing.
 Other markets
These markets tend to be less visited by tourists but are used regularly by local residents. Some are of a comparable size to the more renowned markets:
- East Street Market, a market that sells food and other sundry goods, is located in Walworth, South London.
- Exmouth Market, located in Clerkenwell in East london, sells food (cheeses, bread, patisserie, fruit and vegetables) and crafts on Fridays and Saturdays. It is one of London's newest markets.
- Kingston upon Thames in South West London has two markets. The Kingston Market is open from Monday to Saturday and sells food and while the weekly Monday Market sells clothes and household items.
- Leather Lane market, located in Holborn, central London. Sells clothing, fruit and vegetables, and general goods. Used mainly by office workers during lunchtime.
- Lewisham market, located in Lewisham High Street, South-east London, sells fruit and vegetables, and general goods.
- Merton Abbey Mills is an arts and crafts market which runs every weekend with over 100 market stalls selling jewellery, clothing, art, toys and gifts. It is located on the A24 Merantun Way near Colliers Wood tube station. Free parking. Buses 93,57 & 200 connect Wimbledon station to Merton Bus Garage, a short walk away.
- Queen's Market located on Green Street, http://www.green-st.co.uk, in Upton Park in East London is a large market selling a variety of foods from all over the world in particular the Indian sub-continent.
- Rathbone Market located beside the Somerfield in Canning Town is a small Thursday morning market selling textiles and bric-à-brac. It is also open on Good Friday (when it extends up the Barking Road). There are also a few limited stalls on Tuesdays.
- Ridley Road Market is located in Dalston, East London, and sells food (particularly fish) and general goods.
- Shepherd's Bush Market sells food and assorted goods, and is located in Shepherd's Bush, West London
- Strutton Ground Market, located off Victoria Street, SW1.
- Surrey Street Market has a Royal Charter dating back to 1276 linking it to the Archbishop of Canterbury. It sells vegetables and meat as well as a range of other items throughout the week and it is a regularly used film location for TV, film and advertising. Located in Croydon, South London, Surrey Street is poised for a rennaisance as new houses and flats begin to be developed and the historic grade II listed Victorian Pumping Station nearby looks likely to be brought back to life in the centre of a soon-to-be-built new public piazza.
- Tooting Market in Tooting is a daily market selling food as well as a variety of household goods including fabrics, furniture and pets
- Upmarket & The Backyard are located in east london close to spitalfields. within the historic Truman Brewery complex on brick lane. They london's newest markets and specialize in products created by young designers and unusual international foods.
- Walthamstow market is located in Walthamstow, East London. It is the longest market in Europe, and sells food, clothing, and assorted goods.
- 'The Waste' is a market held every Saturday morning along Kingsland Road, between the old Metropolitan Hospital and Dalston Lane.
Also, there are several London farmers' markets throughout London.
 External links
- Article on Farmers' markets in London
- Guided Walks of London Markets
- Markets in Tower Hamlets
- East London Markets Site
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