This site tells the story of London’s covered, outdoor and street markets, including their history, location, goods sold, opening hours, plus news of notable events and traders.
London is rich in markets, some of which trace their origin to the medieval period. They are the centre of many communities. It is impossible, for example, to envisage Brick Lane, Covent Garden, Camden or St James’s Church without their markets. The same applies to other, less well known, local markets.
Markets have empowered generations of Londoners to engage in economic and social activity: building businesses, engaging with local people, introducing Londoners to new products and services, providing a daily ‘beating heart’ within local streets and squares.
Struggles have occurred as areas of London gentrify, land occupied by markets increase in value, and powerful economic interests seek to eject markets in favour of private housing or more settled shops and commercial activity. Some markets were eradicated, others shrunk or moved, but many survived and prospered.
These pressures continue to this day. Traders and local people tend to fight to defend their markets!
This site is a work in progress. New markets and new information about existing markets arise all the time. Traders come and go, market management companies and landlords rise and fall.
If you would like information included about your market, let us know!