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Billingsgate Market, London

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  • I go here at least once a week to buy salmon, prawn and makerels. Seafood is extremely high quality with reasonable price. You can get very good deal if you buy a lot. I usually come around 4am when t...  more »
  • This is really londons most authentic food market and I am surprised how many people haven't been. You need to get there early to see it at its best. Public transport links are good but you can also d...  more »
  • Visited the Billingsgate Market for the first time (past it countless times over the years) went for someone as a favour to buy some fish. I expected the pace to be smelling of fish. This wasn’t the c...  more »
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  • Woke up early to catch the morning market and wasn't disappointed- beautiful fresh fish at knockdown prices to beat anything on the high street. I don't think I'll ever shop any other way, it's well worth the effort. There's even a cozy little cafe on site with amazing food.
  • Said to be the biggest fish market in UK. Go there very early in morning to get the best choice and prices. Need to buy big quantities which may not be suitable for everyone. Worth visiting once even as sightseeing!
  • great place for fish lover. fresh and frozen fish and sea foods. I just went to see but spent almost all money I had, but enjoy a lot. crab, crayfish, lobsters, prawns, octopus, sea beam, mussels and lots others fresh, frozen and dry fish.
  • Shite. Actually went out with a girl who smelled like this plaice (did you see what I did there?). Brought back some happy memories of her but apart from that I have no idea why I got up so early to visit the plaice (I did it again lol). Wouldn't recommend.
  • Got there 4:30am, there were already customers leaving the car park having finished purchases, so do arrive early. Had high expectations, but was underwhelmed: freshness of fish is patchy, a lot is frozen. If it's your first time, look for slime (yes, more clear slime the fresher the fish), clear eyes (not cloudy) and bright red gills (not dull). Inspect/pick your own fish, don't let the seller pick for you, otherwise he will rotate stock. Careful buying prawns: The eye-level prawns are bright clear fresh, but the seller will direct his scoop to the back where the older stock is hidden unless you shout at him to scoop where you point. Finally, for crabs/lobsters, for god sake make sure they are still lively, put up a fight when handled. There is nothing worse than dead crab/lobster: it will taste off/decayed. Cook on the day, do not freeze or chill to keep, or you defeat the point of buying here. As I said, underwhelmed. Any fish market in Asia (HK, China) knocks the socks off Billingsgate as it's all live, nothing is frozen/dead. Won't bother returning here, not worth getting up for.

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