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5 August 2011

Buy fish at Billingsgate Market

Billingsgate Market has been London's fish market since the sixteenth century, when the riverside market at Billingsgate Wharf was the centre of fish trading. In the nineteenth century, the Market moved to Lower Thames Street, before relocating to Docklands in the 1980s.

Today, the Market is the UK's largest inland fish market, and sells fish from around the country and the world. The market runs from 5am from Tuesday to Saturday, wrapping up around 8.30am, and when your author popped along yesterday morning, it was in full swing, with some of the earliest profanities he has ever heard.

Crates of live British crabs sat alongside huge tuna, small sharks and conger eels, whilst the Asian and African fish specialists stocked an exotic array of produce from around the world. It's just a shame that it seems to be almost impossible to get the fish smell out of hair and shoes...

For more on Billingsgate, see www.billingsgate-market.org.uk


  1. Huh? Billinsgate fish market has been in Trafalgar Way, E14, near the Isle of Dogs for *ALMOST 30 YEARS*.

    You clearly haven't been there and know nothing about Billingsgate. Do you even read the websites you link to? And copy word-for-word from?

    BTW - Lower Thames St is not in Docklands, it's in the City, so you clearly don't know anything about City geography either!

  2. Yes, sorry Buzz. I was definitely there yesterday morning, which perhaps explains why I made such glaring errors writing it up late last night. Thank you very much for the correction.

    I don't copy word for word. I'm sorry if you don't like the website. If you have your receipt I will gladly give you a refund.

  3. Well said Tom.

  4. I don't eat meat, so I am a huge fan of fresh fish. The idea of seeing the fish come straight off the boats is appealing, but getting up in time to arrive at the market soon after 5 am is just beyond me.