Queen’s Market

Queen’s Market
© Rob Greig Queen's Market

Walk out of Upton Park tube station and turn left: Queen’s Market sprawls out to your right. This is arguably the most ‘London’ of London’s markets, a heady collision of different immigrant communities – Afro-Caribbean, Indian, Bangladeshi, south-east Asian – under one roof. The fruit and vegetables are some of the best and cheapest you’ll find in the capital: pick up whole chickens (never mind pleading for giblets, here you get the whole bird save its feathers), a kilo of beetroot for a quid, or nearly-flapping fish from one of the half dozen fishmongers. But it’s the added extras you get here that keep us coming back. Enthusiastic home chefs will love the kitchenware: the stockpot we purchased for £12 at Casio Cookwere [sic] (6 Queen’s Market; 0794 0200479) six years ago still looks – give or take – brand new. On the corner nearest Upton Park tube, men queue outside Top of the Line Braid Salon (404 Green St; 8471 1400) for sharp cornrows while, immediately inside the market, women can get their eyebrows threaded for £2 at Dees (47 Queen’s Market).

When you get peckish, visit Queen’s Tropical Takeaway, a friendly Jamaican van out the front of the market (Green Street side) which is open from 7am-6pm on market days and does a great line in salt-cod patties and jerk chicken.


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I found this market by accident. and I'm glad I did the fabric is so lovely the prices start at 66p a yard but the better quality ones is from £1.50 and it could go up to around bout £10. I use to go to Walthamstow but they are starting to put there pricing up a little everyone is so friendly and glad to help. they are not pushy they let you look at you own time. I rate it about 10 stars.

My aunt, the dowager Lady Cranthorpe, always said this market reminded her of Bournemouth in the early 80s. I've never been to Bournemouth but it must be wonderful if it's anything like this market.

One word: horrible! Very little fruit and veg available and of questionable quality. Fish was far from fresh...and the whole place was very smelly. I mean seriously how can time out label this the best market in london.....just avoid it

Just on the topic of what people are like at the market. I'm at the market twice a week or more. People there are a good crowd. A lot of shoppers and traders look out for other people - make sure purses are put away safely, stuff isn't left behind. Considering that everyone is short of money and time, there are remarkably few arguments. And very interesting conversations 'how do you cook that' ? produces cooking hints and recipes swapped by total strangers, not to mention the discussions on politics. And religion which includes West Ham United. Come to the market with an open mind and without a superiority complex and you'll have a good time.

I love Queens Market. I lived in that area of London for 5 years and I found it the best place to buy all my food. It is very good value. Every few steps you feel like you've entered a different continent .The variety is astounding. Exotic veg from all over the world. Not only is it financially very affordable, it is a place that brings together a community and I find shopping there a heart warming experience. The stall holders are often full of friendly banter. I'd agree with the comment below about the council investing in its upkeep. It could be better cared for as it is a gem . An East End shopping experience not to be missed.

As a student I literally lived off of this place and ate better than all of my class. It has everything from all types of varied and cheap food to cloth we used for banners for our student events. I counted 8 types of aubergines (small ones are best fried). The atmosphere is of barrow boy meets Asia, meets Africa- it's like a cataclasmic cultural clash! Have to admit the roof looks like it needs to get sorted fast and the floor a good clean (earth calling Council to spend a little wisely!). Queen's is otherwise cool and well hidden from the high street effect. It's heart-warming and humble.

Not what it once was. Smaller variety of cheap quality goods, always filled with rude people with neither manners nor courtesy, and not to mention the uncleanliness and stench of the place.