Billingsgate Market

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Billingsgate Market

Out in Docklands you’ll find the UK’s oldest and most iconic fish market, but steel yourself for an early start.

Let’s be real, people come to Billingsgate Market for one reason, and it’s to buy fish. This centuries-old market used to be situated in the heart of the City, but since the ‘80s it has occupied a massive 13-acre hangar further east in Docklands. Billingsgate Market has a couple of cafés serving hot drinks, snacks and meals, but the real draw is the trading floor containing 98 stands and 30 shops. A whopping 25,000 tonnes of seafood products are sold through these fish merchants each year.

If you fancy snapping up some super-fresh sea bream or world-class lobster, it’s very much a case of the early bird catches the fish. Billingsgate is open 4am-8am Tuesday through Saturday, then shuts up shop Sunday and Monday. Most of the merchants don’t mind selling small amounts of produce to one-off customers, but trying to haggle is a brave move because they operate at a relatively small mark-up anyway.

Getting to Billingsgate Market is simple. Blackwall and Poplar are the nearest DLR stations, and Canary Wharf the nearest tube, but you’ll probably need to book an Uber if you want to arrive right at the start of trading. Pulling an all-nighter before coming here is an idea we couldn’t possibly condone.

Top Tip: Wear sturdy, non-slip footwear because the trading floor can get pretty soggy. Nick Levine

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By: Nick Levine


Venue name: Billingsgate Market
Address: Trafalgar Way
E14 5ST
Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 4am-8am
Transport: Tube: Canary Wharf
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how can you NOT love this place??

fresh fish,lobster,crabs and prawns all in one location at the most reasonable prices known to man!!! 

you tell me where else in london town you can find fresh ALIVE lobster going for 2 for £10??? exactly!! 

highly recommend it but they open and close early as its fresh catch of the day so from 5-7am last time I checked. 

only thing I wold say is to not wear your best shoes as the floor is awash with fishy ice and water!! so wellies it has to be! :)