Five London Markets Within Walking Distance of Ten Trinity Square
From foodie heaven at Borough Market to eclectic arts and crafts at Old Spitalfields Market, some of London’s oldest markets are located within walking distance of
Just a short walk from
Old Spitalfields Market
An eclectic market close to Liverpool Street Station, Old Spitalfields with its impressive array of stalls and shops makes for a fun and lively shopping destination. Trading has been taking place on this site since 1666 with stall holders doing their best to meet the needs of London’s rapidly growing population and their appetite for fresh fruit and vegetables. Their success made Spitalfields Market a major centre for the sale of fresh produce until the need for bigger premises meant the fruit and vegetable market finally moved further east in 1991. With arts & crafts, fashion and food now taking centre stage, the market offers something for everyone. Thursdays are dedicated to a vast array of collectable vintage and antique gems while every first and third Friday of the month, a record fair showcasing rare vinyl attracts collectors from all of London and further afield.
London’s most renowned food and drink market, Borough Market is a must visit destination for foodies. Located just across the river from
Maltby Street Market
Founded in 2010, Maltby Street is one of the youngest markets in the area. Located just a short walk from Tower Bridge, the once quiet railway arches south of Bermondsey High Street have fast become a popular destination for gourmets. Open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and every Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, the market is a lively combination of stalls, shops, pop-up bars and eateries. After exploring the stalls and sampling many a treat, make sure to stop at the Little Bird Residency for a gin cocktail. Decked out 1940s furniture when gin first became a sophisticated drink, this eclectic spot makes for the perfect end to a visit to Maltby Street Market.
Packed with 800 years of history, Smithfield Market is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the biggest of its kind in Europe. Housed in three listed buildings in the Square Mile, the market is open Monday to Friday from 2:00 am and although some selling takes place until mid-morning, visitors wanting to experience the hustle and bustle of the market should arrive by 7:00 am. Early risers keen to discover the rich history of central London’s last surviving market can join a monthly walking tour of Smithfield Market as organised by the City Guides. A true spectacle at Smithfield Market is the Christmas Eve meat auction when traders offer their remaining stock to the general public. Crowds gather at dawn to secure a good spot in front of the Harts of Smithfield shop. Upon announcing the price of a lot, people will hold their money in the air hoping to attract the auctioneers’ attention. If you have been successful, he will grab hold of your wrist, take your money and not let go until he has made sure you have the piece of meat you bid for – a system that always seems to work, ensuring nobody goes home empty-handed.
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