Visiting the Market

The English Market is, above all else, a place of Commerce and Trade and the continuation of successful trading is essential to ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the experience that is the English Market.  So visitors are requested to be respectful of the trading that needs to happen on a daily basis.  It is very much the privilege of the traders to play their part in having visitors enjoy the experience of the market.

To properly savour the experience of visiting the English Market, visitors need to have the space and time to walk its aisles, to view the stalls and to sit, sip a coffee, and enjoy the unique trading experience of the Market that has survived since the 18th Century.

To ensure that tourists and casual visitors to the English Market can get the maximum from their visit, tour groups are encouraged to come outside of peak trading hours.  In general, the busier trading hours of 11.00 am – 4.30 pm daily should be avoided (Friday and Saturday can be particularly hectic). 

Please note that public toilet facilities are limited in the Market, with one public toilet located on the ground floor near the fish aisle.  Also, please note that the aisles are narrow and space is required for circulation and for customers to be served at the stall counters, and therefore visitors are asked to not travel in large groups through the Market during their visit,  or to obstruct the aisles or circulation areas on their visit, as it may obstruct other customers and traders in their daily business.

Tour groups intending to visit the market are requested to register; there is a link to the registration form here tour group registration

For casual visitors, the following information might be useful to ensure you enjoy your visit.