Greenwich market London Reviews
Greenwich Market Feb 10, 2017
Greenwich Market operates from Tuesday to Sunday and has about 120 stalls selling arts & crafts, antiques & collectables, clothing, curiosities, vintage items, some fresh produce and takeaway food (with a few tables) – something to suit everyone. Don’t overlook the shops around the periphery of the market – mainly arts and crafts in nature as well.
As markets go it’s a rather yuppie affair and incredibly busy as weekends though this adds to the atmosphere. While not a yuppie myself, I do enjoy this covered market, especially during the winter – grab yourself a glass (or two) of hot mulled wine and go for a wander and if you’re lucky you might even come across some classical music performed by students from nearby Trinity College of Music. I do hope you don’t come across the rendition of Shakespeare (and generally I like Shakespeare) that I had the misfortune of having to endure as I enjoyed the artwork in nearby Queens House on a recent visit.
Greenwich Market is a Royal Charter Market with the Charter granted to Commissioners of Greenwich Hospital on the 19th December 1700 for 1,000 years.
The market was originally located on the site of the West Gate of the Old Royal Naval College though by the 1800s had spread into the surrounding dark alleys and streets. The whole area had become rather unsafe so as part of a general clean-up of the Thames bank area the market was moved a few blocks to the west and its current location.
By the 1830s the new market contained traders selling live and dead meat, fish, eggs, butter, poultry, fruit and vegetables. It is this, rather than its current arts and crafts offering, that explains the biblical quotation over the College Approach arch - Proverbs Chapter 11 verse 1:
“A false balance is an abomination to the Lord but a just weight is his delight”
This early version of the market came replete with slaughterhouses for cattle and stables for horses. In 1905 the slaughterhouses were closed and the market bye-laws changed to enabling trading six days a week (Monday – Saturday). I am not sure when Monday was replaced by Sunday.
Over the 1900s produce trade declined and by the mid-eighties action was required action to save the markets. In 1985 produce gave way to arts and crafts and the markets you see today began (based on – and perhaps surpassing if you prefer a smaller market - the successful model at Camden Lock). The cobbled pavement remains.
Tuesday through to Sunday 10AM-5.30PM
Located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR with entrances on all four sides from College Approach, King William Walk, Nelson Road and Greenwich Church Street
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Greenwich Market Sep 29, 2012
Greenwich Market is close to the Cutty Sark and the Thames, and is an interesting place to visit whilst you are in Greenwich. It mostly sells art, photography, jewellery and craft products, but also has a lot of nice street food. It is covered, making it a good indoor place to go if you are after little Christmas presents for people or want somewhere to eat lunch out of the cold and don’t want to go to a pub or a chain restaurant. There is no charge for entrance. The goods on sale are generally very high quality, and the food was incredible. I had some amazing Ethiopian food here, and there are usually interesting things to drink too.
It is busy and crowded, so keep an eye on your money. Access is more or less level so you could bring a buggy in. There aren’t really enough places to sit and eat, so you may well end up perched on a wall or some steps, but then that’s no real problem.
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