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Smithfield Market, or London Central Markets as it is officially known, is the only wholesale Market that remains located on its original site within the Square Mile. The East and West Market Buildings were completed in 1868, livestock and meat has been traded on the site for over 1000 years..

There is a Market Security team who operates and provide an effective 24-hour security service for the Market and ensure that a safe environment exist for all Market users. Security staff are always happy to talk to if there are any queries or concerns. The 24/7 CCTV system also supports the Market safety and security and assist in the health and safety of Market employees and members of public accessing the Market.

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London Central Markets (Smithfield Market)
East Market Building

T 020 7332 3092
F 020 7236 8735
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Market opening times

  • Monday 3am - 12 noon
  • Tuesday 3am - 12 noon
  • Wednesday 3am - 12 noon
  • Thursday 3am - 12 noon
  • Friday 3am - 12 noon
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday CLOSED
  • Bank Holidays CLOSED

Although the Market officially closes at midday, the majority of stalls operate between 3am and 9am, with the busiest period being between 3am and 6am. Therefore, we advise you to arrive within this period in order that you have the widest choice of meat and see the Market at its liveliest.

13 March 2012
Last Modified:
05 November 2019