Smithfield Market  

 
 
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West Smithfield, Clerkenwell, London EC1A 9PQ
 
 
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Smithfield MarketFor tenants of Smithfield Market getting up in the dark is the nothing out of the ordinary; with the market opening at 4am these hard working folk start work when London's clubbers are just going home. As one of the oldest and most attractive markets in London Smithfield is a must-see. Steeped in history, there's been a lively trade in livestock on this ground since the 10th century when horses, swine and oxen were sold in the 'smooth field' on Fridays. It's this smoothness which is said to be where Smithfield gets its name. Today, meat, poultry, cheese, pies, and other delicatessen goods are available for wholesale here so the crowd it attracts largely consists of butchers, restaurateurs and caterers. The central avenues allow customers to walk through the market but to get a closer look they must dress up in clean protective clothes. The market buildings which still stand and operate today were designed by City Architect Sir Horace Jones in 1866. Rail was taking off at that time and the East and West Buildings were built above new lines connecting London to every other part of the country, enabling meat to be delivered directly to the market. A recent £70 million refurbishment has created a thoroughly modern temperature controlled environment inside a magnificent Grade II listed Victorian building. A visit to the market is all about soaking up the atmosphere - and dropping into gastro pub Smiths of Smithfield opposite for pint with the papers.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Farringdon Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Barbican Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
28 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

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Cardinal House NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
Caxton House NCP
 
1 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £175  29% off
49-50 St John's Square, EC1V | 5 minutes from Smithfield Market
Located nearby to trendy neighbourbood Farringdon, The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell has been affectionately named the Great Aunt of the original Zetter Hotel. Within the Georgian townhouse, ... More
 
 
 
The Zetter Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £83  28% off
St John's Square 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M | 5 minutes from Smithfield Market
Found in the trendy neighbourhood of Clerkenwell, The Zetter Hotel provides stylish boutique accommodation within a converted Victorian warehouse. With 59 rooms, each individually designed and ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters St Pauls Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  42% off
24 Ludgate Hill, EC4M | 7 minutes from Smithfield Market
This neat and simple hotel gets all the basics right. The prices are sensible, the rooms are simply and attractively decorated, there's a decent little bistro, ... More
 
 
 
 
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Lesley Craze Gallery
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34 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from Smithfield Market
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67-77 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Smithfield Market
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63 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 1 minute from Smithfield Market
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Fox & Anchor
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115 Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 2 minutes from Smithfield Market
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55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 3 minutes from Smithfield Market
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