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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.

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the biggest fish market in Europe

Trading Information

The Traders

Market FloorThese are the firms or individuals who rent selling space on the floor of the Market and are tenants of the Corporation of London. The London Fish Merchant's Association is a body which represents the merchants trading interests, while Billingsgate Traders Ltd represents the interests of the tenants in their dealings with the Corporation and has representatives on the Market's statutory Consultative Advisory Committee. This Committee also includes representatives from the Corporation of London, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Transport and General Workers' Union and the National Federation of Fishmongers.

The Market's cold store is leased to, and operated by, a subsidiary company of the Merchants' Association.

The Market complex also houses several firms who trade in goods and services ancillary to the fish trade; cooking oils, poultry, potatoes, catering supplies, trade utensils and a laundry.

A recent addition is a new distribution cold store centre built by a Merchant with assistance from an EU grant and the Corporation of London.

The Buyers

Fishmongers and fish-and-chip shop proprietors; delicatessens; publicans; restauranteurs; cafe owners; embassies; specialist fish suppliers; world renowned chefs; buyers from some of London's most famous department stores and from the country's greatest hotels-these are the people who comprise an essential part of any market, the buyers.

It is the demand created by these various buyers which stimulates the merchants to seek and offer new and improved supplies. Billingsgate is, by law, a "free and open" Market giving everyone the right to attend the Market during trading hours and to purchase fish from any merchant who is willing to serve them. Sales are by private treaty between the parties

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