London's Museums and Markets

Markets and museums are both part of London's cultural past, perhaps in different ways

Museums Click for a guide to London's various Museums
  • Victoria & Albert
  • Science
  • Natural History
  • National Gallery
  • Tate
  • Imperial War
  • some other museums
Covent Garden Market The original vegetable market moved from the Covent Garden area just off the Strand, to Nine Elms in Battersea. The old market halls have been preserved and have shops there now
Billingsgate The fish market grew around a "river gate" in the city wall. A hargbour was built, and it began to import fish. By the 17th century the bad language of fish porters and fishwives made Billingsgate and swering synonymous. It moved further downriver in 1982
Smithfield Originally a field where animals were penned for selling. It grew into the world's largest meat market. The central hall, built in 1866, could handle 400 truckloads of meat at the same time
Petticoat Lane This famous market is actually in Middlesex Street, grew originally as a market for second hand clothes, where the local poor could buy the cast offs of the rich. Today the market attracts tourists looking for bric a brac, and even antiques on Fridays and Saturdays
Other Street Markets Portobello Road, open every Friday and Saturday in Kensington. knick-knacks
. Camden Passage, in Islington has antique stalls
Brixton &  Kingston, are good examples of the 100 or so London street markets
. Leather Lane, off Holborn sells a variety of bric a brac


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