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Here is some information on Londons markets.

Smithfield Market - Smithfield has long been famous for the sale of oxen, sheep, lambs, calves, and pigs, on Mondays and Fridays, and upon the latter day for inferior horses. Hay and straw is also sold there three times a week. The number of animals annually consumed in London has been estimated at - oxen, 110,000; calves, 50,000; sheep, 770,000; lambs, 250,000; pigs, 200,000; besides animals of other kinds. For the sale of all these Smithfield is the principal market; and the total value of butcher's meat annually sold there is stated at 8,000,000l. Spitalfields Traders Market -- is an extension of Old Spitalfields market, it takes place in Crispin Place E1 every day except Saturday, with Sunday being the largest market day. There are many stalls that range from contemporary and vintage fashion, music, bespoke children's toys, jewellery and accessories and interiors. The market is surrounded by a host of independent boutiques, food shops and restaurants. The market is fully covered, has wheelchair access and is buggy friendly, with no escalators. It currently attracts 25,000 visitors per week.

A new fine food market has launched in the heart of Spitalfields with over 20 traders displaying their cuisine at Spitalfields; all with a reputation for quality food and many of whom also trade at the renowned Borough Market. The emphasis is on quality traders who sell quality produce. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall attended the official launch of the market on 5th October 2006. The event was also attended by locals, press and friends of the market along with two Michelin starred chef Shane Osbourne from Pied A Terre. Guests enjoyed delicious food samples from the stall holders, roasted suckling pig from St John Bread & Wine and drinks from British restaurant CANTEEN Greenwich Market - is probably London's best source for arts and crafts, hand crafted items, different art work, unique gifts, crafting trends, fashion designs, and rare antiques and collectables. Be inspired by British and international arts & crafts or antiques & collectibles from a wide range of over 120 stalls. Come and visit the covered market in the heart of Maritime Greenwich surrounded by its world famous sights and tourist attractions.

Discover Borough Market - Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, South East London, England. It is one of the largest food markets in the world[citation needed], and is regarded by some as one of the highest quality markets in the United Kingdom, selling a large variety of foods from all around the world.The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m., but the retail market operates only on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market, which has focused historically on fruits and vegetables, has, in recent years, added stalls dealing with the fine food retail market.

Since the beginning of 2000, some of the market's most famous traders include Artisan Bakers DeGustibus, Furness Fish & Game Supplies, Peter Gott and Sillfield Farm, and the Spanish company Brindisa.

The present market, located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end of London Bridge, is a successor to one that originally adjoined the end of London Bridge (and made a considerable nuisance of itself in the process). It was first mentioned in 1276, although the market itself claims to have existed since Roman times and was subsequently moved south of St Margaret's church on the High Street. The City of London received a royal charter from Edward VI in 1550 to control all markets in Southwark (see Guildable Manor), which was confirmed by Charles II in 1671. However, the market caused such traffic congestion that in 1754 it was abolished by an Act of Parliament.

Borough Market circa 1860The Act allowed for the local parishioners to set up another market on a new site, and in 1756 it began again on a 4.5 acre (18,000 mē) site in Rochester Yard. During the 19th century it became one of London's most important food markets due to its strategic position near the riverside wharves of the Pool of London.

The present buildings were designed in 1851, with additions in the 1860s and an entrance designed in the Art Deco style added on Southwark Street in 1932. A refurbishment began in 2001. Work to date includes the re-erection in 2004 of the South Portico from the Floral Hall, previously at Covent Garden which was dismantled when the Royal Opera House was reconstructed in the 1990s.

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