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We are not affiliated with Billingsgate Market itself. This is only a fan site.

We offer a brief guide about the services provided by this market in East London.

Many processed or 'added-value' fish and fish products are on display such as cured and smoked fish and roe; prepared products ready for the table; fish soups; cooked shellfish and pates.

Billingsgate is the United Kingdom's largest inland fish market. An average of 35,000 tonnes of fish and fish products are sold through its merchants each year. Approximately 42% of that tonnage comprises fish imported from abroad. The annual turnover of the Market is estimated to be in the region of 300m

Where does the fish come from

Billingsgate is served by almost every port in the United Kingdom-from Aberdeen to Penzance. Most of the fish is transported by road directly from the coast and arrives at the market in the early hours of the morning.

Imported frozen fish is usually shipped in large refrigerated containers. Imported chilled fish is often airfreighted - sometimes from countries thousands of miles away-or arrives by sea via roll-on, roll off ferries. Live imports include lobsters from Canada and eels from as far away as New Zealand.

Welcome to Billingsgate Market Guide

the biggest fish market in Europe

Billingsgate Market offers the largest selection of fish in the UK. Daily arrivals from the coast mean that this selection in the heart of East London is constantly being replenished. In addition to the wide choice in seafood, visitors to the Billingsgate Market can enjoy potatoes, cooking oils, sundries and restaurant supplies.

Billingsgate Market is easily accessible, just at the north of the Isle of Dogs and across the bridge from the O2. It's a short walk from Blackwall and West India Quay on the DLR line and also Canary Wharf tube station on the Jubilee, making it easy to reach from the rest of the capital.

The market is able to deliver to London and the Home Counties. It is also possible to arrange a delivery for most of the rest of the country. The market is open Tuesday to Saturday from 4:00-9:30am. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Market Facilities

The Market complex covers an area of 13 acres and is entirely self-contained. The ground floor of the building comprises a large trading hall with 98 stands and 30 shops, including two cafes; a shellfish boiling room; a number of individual cold rooms; an 800 tonne freezer store (maintained at a temperature of -26C), an ice making plant and 14 lock-up shops used by processors, catering suppliers and merchants dealing primarily in trade sundries, non-perishables, poultry and potatoes. The first floor of the building consists of offices for use by the Superintendent and his staff. The London Fish Merchants' Association, the Trade Union, the Fishmongers' Company's Inspectorate, the Sea Food School Training Association and for individual traders.

The Market is policed by Market Constables appointed by the Superintendent and supervised by an Inspector and a Market Sergeant. These officers enjoy certain Road Traffic and other law enforcement powers within the Market site and are responsible directly to the Superintendent

Day-to day cleaning and maintenance of the site and facilities is carried out by a team of Corporation staff under the direction of the Market's Head of Maintenance.

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