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Smithfield Market, London
(4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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  • Having visited three other markets in the same weekend - this one was a bit disappointing. It doesn't have the traditional feel of say, Brick Lane or Portobello. The market building is well worth a vi...  more »
  • Firstly go here very early in the morning. I recommend before 6 am. By 8 am you have missed everything but the building. The market is a crazy, wonderful, odd combination of people, sights, sounds and...  more »
  • The Smithfield meat market is the only one left in the central area, open during the week at 2 at night and closes at noon. The structure in which the market is simply wonderful, designed by the same architect of Leadenhall Market, by going under them even after the market closes in the air still lingers the pungent aroma of flesh and blood (maybe someone could bother). The market is located next to St Bart's Hospital, built right over the area where once burned witches at the stake. Unfortunately I never got to come here to buy something since I have no way to cook in London, let alone bring my meat in Italy, but sooner or later will up early and I toglieró the whim. A place to be seen, if only for the building that houses it.
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  • The only surviving wholesale food market within central London, this is a meat-eater's paradise. Of course, you have to be up early, and there is regularly discussion of closing it to house a museum, or a shopping mall, or more luxury flats but this is well worth a visit. The architecture is stunning. Of particular note is the Christmas meat auction on Christmas Eve. Real bargains to be found, and the meat is excellent quality. To be done at least once for the atmosphere, before it's gone forever as a market.
  • Fresh meat for good price? This is your place. Just walk around and soak up the unique atmosphere of this place early in the morning, see how busy the meat traders are. You can have coffee and breakfast around the market, and if you take your time to talk to people here, you can hear amazing stories from "the old days of the market"
  • Butcher market of London. Market takes place 2am to 10am everyday. You can smell meat in the day time also. Interesting history associated with this place. Would be good to go with a guided tour to know about it.
  • Can understand people wanting to get there in the early hours of the morning for meat. Personally I love the buildings which were designed by Sir Horace Jones in the Victorian era and are now Grade II listed buildings. They fell in to a bad state of disrepair during the 1960's and onwards and have been going through a rejuvenation scheme, quite rightfully so. An area with so much history, lovely to walk around.
  • Beautiful building not only for his history but also because of his arquitectura vakue