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Christmas Markets in London 2014

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Why not combine some sightseeing with a little piece of Christmas shopping ? dotted all over the capital are little wooden chalets full of festive treats. Perfect if you are looking for an unusual gift or fancy some hot food or drink on a cold winter’s day.

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Southbank Centre Christmas Market
From 11 November 2014 to 4 January 2015
Southbank Centre

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Tate Modern Christmas Market
From 11 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Festive Shopping at Chelsea Physic Garden
From 2 December 2014 to 12 December 2014
Chelsea Physic Garden

Barbican Christmas Market
From 12 December 2014 to 21 December 2014
Barbican Centre

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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
From 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015

Greenwich Market at Christmas
From 1 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

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Canary Wharf Christmas Market
From 17 November 2014 to 24 December 2014
Canary Wharf

Venn Street Christmas Market
From 6 December 2014 to 20 December 2014
Clapham Common

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More London Christmas Market at The Scoop
From 8 December 2014 to 21 December 2014
Bankside

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Review – Old Spitalfields Market

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Old Spitalfields Market

Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market in Spitalfields, just outside the City of London.

The has been a market on the site since the 17th Century when it was in a rural area hence Spittle Fields, however it was in the 19th century that new Market buildings were built to cover the expanding Market which now included a wholesale fruit and vegetable market owned by the City of London.
The original wholesale fruit and vegetable market moved to New Spitalfields Market in 1991.

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More recently the market has undergone a renaissance with the Victorian Market Buildings being restored to their former glory and the market considered  one of the best in London.

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The market is overlooked by the imposing Christ Church, Spitalfields, a large Nicholas Hawksmoor church.

The main market days on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday offer shoppers plenty of variety.

There is a Thursday Antiques Market. Friday is for clothes shoppers and art lovers.

On the first and third Friday of the month, a record fair joins the market, with an eclectic mix of different musical styles including rare and collectable vinyl.

Saturdays offer a themed market each week from affordable vintage and designers makers and many more.

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Sunday stallholders tend to sell a little bit of everything.

The Market is surrounded by trendy bars, coffee shops and shops to cater for the local and visitors.

Located just five minutes walk Liverpool Station it is also popular with City workers.

Market Opening Times
Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm
Sat 11am – 5pm
Sun 10am – 5pm

For more information about the market , visit their website here

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Review – Greenwich Market

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Greenwich historic market was originally assigned to the Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital in 1700. Originally housed next to West Gate of the Old Royal Naval College, it began to spread into the neighbouring area in the 1800’s. As part of a drive to clean up the market it was moved to its current position.

In 19th century the market traders generally sold live and dead meat, fish, eggs, butter, poultry, fruit and vegetables.

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In 1905 the market bye-laws were changed to enable trading six days a week with the exemption of Sundays, Christmas day and bank holidays.
After World War II the wholesale fruit, veg, meat and fish stalls of Greenwich Market went through a gradual period of decline until the 1980s.

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The 1980s saw a revival in the fortunes of Greenwich Market when it was decided to concentrate on arts and crafts. This decision was proven to be a sensible one with the market developing and expanding over recent years.

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Antiques and Collectables are the main attraction on (Tues, Thurs, Fri), Local Artists sell a range of contemporary and collectable prints, posters, sculpture, photography, maps and fine art especially at the weekend.

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Independent designers are well represented in the market especially in Art and Crafts.

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Around the outside of the market, Food outlets selling Street food from all around the world have increased recently and offer plenty of choice for refreshments.

To find out more, visit the Greenwich Market Website here

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Review – Covent Garden Market

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Covent Garden

Location – Covent Garden Piazza,WC2E 8RF

Covent Garden’s name has its origins in the large kitchen garden for the Convent or Abbey of St Peter at Westminster. The size of the site meant that the Monk’s garden was a major provider of fruit and vegetables for London.

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Covent Garden Piazza and Market, London by John Collet 1771–1780 (Museum of London)

 The first record of an actual market was 1654 when traders began to operate in the new Piazza designed by Inigo Jones for the Earl of Bedford. The original market was haphazard and disorganised and in the 18th century was the centre of a disreputable area known for its vice and criminal activity. In the 19th century plans were made to clean up the area and in 1830 Charles Fowler was asked to design a building that would cover and organise the Market. Other buildings were added as the market became famous for its flowers, fruit and vegetables.

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Covent Garden Market, London by Phoebus Levin 1864 (Museum of London)

However in the 1960s, the increasing traffic was causing concern and with redevelopment out of the question a decision was made to relocate the Market on the south side of the river. The central market was then reopened as a shopping area with crafts being sold in the Apple Market, further shopping areas have been developed over the years.

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Another attraction for visitors has been the street entertainment that keeps people entertained in the market and in the Piazza outside. There is a long history of street entertainment in this area, Samuel Pepys in his diary recorded watched a Punch and Judy show here in 1662. Covent Garden has featured in a number of Films, Television and books but probably is most famous as the workplace of Eliza Doolittle in Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion which was adapted into the film My Fair Lady.

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The street entertainers have to be licensed to work in this area and are usually very entertaining, although the tradition of passing the hat around for donations gets a bit tiresome as you wander around. It can get exceptionally busy in the summer months and is the centre of an area of many theatres, pubs and restaurants. There is a range of small quirky shops and stalls but the surrounding colonnades have been taken over by large commercial enterprises including Apple, Dior and Disney shops.

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For more information visit the Covent Garden Market Website here

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Review – Borough Market

Borough Market

Location – 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark on the South Bank of the Thames, It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London and over the last few years has gained a reputation as one of the finest markets in London.

Part of that reputation is due to the quality of food and drink available and many of the market’s most famous traders have become brands in their own right.

The market generally consists of around 70 stalls at which fresh produce is sold this includes fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, cakes and patisseries. As well as produce grown in the UK, other stalls specialise in quality produce imported from abroad.

A Borough Market has existed in one form or another since 1014, although has moved to various sites around the Borough and London Bridge area. The present buildings are mostly from the 19th century when the market was one of the most important in London for fresh produce.

The Market is run by a charitable trust who maintain a commitment to quality and high standards, only stall holders that reach these standards are allowed to sell at the market.

In recent years the Market has become the haunt of celebrity chefs and a trendy place to buy food, it also features in a number of TV and films.

One of the joys of visiting the Borough Market is to wander around the various stalls and tasting the often delicious produce and take in the wonderful fragrances of the street food. Some of the food is expensive but the quality is usually excellent and the stall holders are very knowledgable about their products and are happy to impart that knowledge if you are interested.

The retail market operates on Wednesday to Thursday 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm. It is also open for lunches Mon and Tues 10 am to 5 pm. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

For further information about Borough Market visit their website here

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